Consumer Reports Says These Are the 7 Worst SUVs and Trucks for Short Drivers

The SUVs and trucks on this list aren’t bad vehicles; Consumer Reports suggests other options for short drivers. At the Consumer Reports testing facility, drivers of all heights put various SUVs and trucks to the test. Testers range in size from five feet tall to over six feet to gauge the comfort of various drivers. A few SUVs and trucks on this list didn’t serve short or tall drivers due to a lack of adjustable seats or poor visibility.

Consumer Reports says short drivers might want to avoid the 2022 Ford F-150 truck

The Ford F-150 is one of Consumer Reports worst SUVs and trucks for short drivers
The Ford F-150 is one of Consumer Reports worst SUVs and trucks for short drivers | Ford

As trucks continue to get bigger, the 2022 Ford F-150 might be out of reach for some drivers. Consumer Reports says, “the F-150 has an upright and elevated driving position that gives the driver a commanding view.” Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for all drivers. The truck is so broad that some essential controls might be out of reach. The left footrest was the main issue that was out of reach for shorter drivers that tested the Ford truck.

Consumer Reports says the Toyota Tacoma truck might be too tall for short drivers

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The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is one of the more popular trucks on the market right now. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports says it isn’t a great choice for short drivers. The seats don’t have much cushion on the bottom, limiting how high the driver can sit. In addition to the seats, the windows don’t offer as much visibility as one might need. “Peering over the long, tall hood is difficult,” Consumer Reports says. Trying to get into the cab of the 2022 Toyota Tacoma is challenging due to the truck’s height, but CR says that even short drivers need to watch out trying to get in. There is no handle to help climb up, which means drivers need to hold onto the steering wheel to assist in getting up to the cab.

The Jeep Wrangler SUV might be an awkward ride

Unfortunately, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler is an awkward SUV for short drivers. What some people love about the Wrangler also makes it hard for some to drive safely. “Awkward access, excessive wind noise, and rough ride continue,” Consumer Reports says. If you aren’t tall enough, just climbing into the Jeep SUV can be cumbersome. Without adjustable seats, shorter drivers might want to look elsewhere.

Some drivers might not love the steering wheel on the Chevrolet Colorado truck

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Consumer Reports says that the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado offers an awkward driving position. Higher trim levels offer a tilt-and-telescope wheel, but the lower trims do not. The wheel does not provide any adjustment for this, and drivers can’t pull the wheel closer. This limits shorter drivers on how much one might be able to grip the wheel, which is quite an essential part of driving.

The Jeep Gladiator bed might not be visible for everyone

The 2022 Jeep Gladiator offers buyers the best of both worlds: part truck, part SUV, all Jeep. However, short drivers might want to look elsewhere. The truck bed is so short and low that some drivers might not be able to see it at all, which can make parking and maneuvering a hassle. The Jeep Gladiator’s manual seats don’t offer much support and don’t adjust enough for some on the shorter side.

Consumer Reports says the Nissan Titan has an uncomfortable driving position

When it came to the 2022 Nissan Titan, short drivers complained about an uncomfortable driving position. While the driver’s seat is fully adjustable, the left footrest was too far out of the way to be comfortable. The controls were also too far away in the large cabin to allow easy access for all drivers. With less-than-stellar visibility, short drivers might not be able to maneuver the truck as easily as others.

The Jeep Renegade SUV might not have enough visibility for short drivers

The 2022 Jeep Renegade didn’t offer enough driving position options for shorter drivers. The Consumer Reports testing facility testers said that despite the small cabin on the Renegade, shorter drivers wanted to raise the seat more. “The wheel well intrudes on left foot space, and short drivers also complained that the long bottom cushion hit the back of their knees.” The visibility was lacking in some areas, too, due to the thick roof pillars.

Consumer Reports suggests gathering the family and sitting in the SUV or truck of your choice to gauge your personal level of comfort. This is especially important with small children that might need a car seat or other large equipment in the back seat, as this can impact the driver’s position.

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