Short men know how hard it is to find clothes that fit. But it's not just clothes. Sometimes it seems like everything is made for taller people.
Sofas, cabinets, showers…even cars.
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But guess what? There are some cars that are perfect for shorter people, and this post reveals the 10 best.
What makes a car great for shorter folks? A few things:
- Comfort (the size and shape of the seat)
- Visibility (ability to see out the windows and use the mirrors effectively)
- Access (ability to reach all of the car's features)
For example, if you can't reach the clutch or see over the hood, you're not driving the ideal car your build.
But here's the good news:
All of the most popular vehicles were tested by taller and shorter-than-average drivers (the shortest tester was 5'1″), and Consumer Reports analyzed this data to come up with a list of the top 10 best cars for short people.
Here are all 10 in sortable table format (scroll for pictures and details):
|1||Subaru Forester||Crossover SUV||$22,595|
|4||BMW 7 Series||Sedan||$81,500|
|9||Subaru Outback||Crossover SUV||$25,645|
|10||Volvo XC90||Crossover SUV||$43,950|
Let's have look at each vehicle, shall we?
#10: Volvo XC90
If safety is your number one priority, but you still want a vehicle that's unique and somewhat luxurious, the Volvo XC90 is your best bet.
These things consistently ace their road safety tests, and they actually have beautiful interiors.
Volvo isn't the sexiest brand in the world, and it's definitely not marketed to younger men.
But I'd drive one. Would you?
#9: Subaru Outback
The Outback is the first of two Subaru models that made this list. It's rugged, sporty and (apparently) on of the best cars for short people.
Subarus are definitely geared toward outdoorsy people. You know the type: they have a lifetime REI membership, a whole closet dedicated to hiking gear and a six month supply of Nature Valley bars at all times.
But you see Outbacks everywhere these days, including in big urban cities. After all, they're fun to drive and perfect for weekend getaways.
I've never owned a Subaru, but I know this much: people who drive Subarus love Subarus, and they often stick with the brand for life.
#8: Honda Odyssee
I know, I know…but hear me out: if you're going to drive a minivan, it might as well be one that's comfortable and loaded with awesome features, right?
This one is for the shorter dads out there, but minivans are actually pretty cool once you get over the fact that they're, well, minivans.
They're like giant toy cars for grown men who love to go out onto their porch and use the remote to open every door and window on their van simultaneously.
I know this because I've watched my own father do it over and over, never ceasing to be amazed.
And you know what? I was amazed too.
#7: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
If you appreciate the luxury of Lexus but crave the German engineering of BMW, you're going to want to get yourself into a Mercedes.
And if you're below average height, you should make sure it's an S-Class.
There's a reason Rick Ross writes songs about this car. It's everything you want a full sized luxury sedan to be.
Ultra quiet, super plush interior. Streamlined, classy exterior. Unnecessarily powerful engine.
The S-Class is a status symbol. If you're driving one, you've either made some excellent life choices or owe the bank a lot of money.
#6: Acura RLX
Like Hondas, Acuras hold their value exceedingly well. The RLX is a luxury sedan, and it's Acura's flagship vehicle.
The Acura RLX is like a more sporty and luxurious version of the Honda Accord. It terms of design, performance and retail price, it's not in the same league as Mercedes, BMW or even Lexus.
But if want a semi-affordable luxury sedan that suits a shorter driver and doesn't depreciate too quickly, the RLX is a great choice.
#5: Lexus ES
Given that the LS is number two on this list, I'm not surprised it's little brother, the ES, also made the team.
The ES is a mid-tier luxury sedan that offers lots of bang for your buck. It's relatively affordable (for a Lexus), but it's a noticeable step up from the Toyota Camry or Avalon in terms of design and features.
It's not as luxurious as the LS or as sporty as the IS, but with top notch reliability and fuel efficiency ratings, it's a very practical choice.
#4: BMW 7 Series
Now we're talking! If the Honda Accord is a Golden Retriever, the BMW 7 Series is a purebred Doberman Pinscher.
Distinctly, uh, German.
In other words, it's freakin' cool, and it happens to be a great car for shorter gents.
If you want a full size luxury sedan, and you value power over opulence, the BMW 7 Series is a great alternative to the Mercedes S Class.
#3: Honda Accord
Not exactly the most exciting car, but it's reliable and holds its value like a champ.
With above average reliability and a competitive price tag, it's no wonder the Honda Accord is such a popular choice, especially for families.
If you're a practical, budget-savvy kind of person who wants a safe, reliable car that won't break the bank or let you down, the Honda Accord is a great choice.
#2: Lexus LS
The LS is Lexus' largest, most luxurious model. These things are like deluxe yachts for the road. Some cars drive, but the LS glides.
For their size, these sedans have remarkably smooth and responsive handling.
As far as bells and whistles go, they have them all, which is why they're perfect for shorter men.
You see, the seats are ridiculously adjustable. So even though the cars are huge, even the most petite person can slide and nudge the driver's seat into a safe, comfortable position.
If it's not too much car for you – or too much cash – the Lexus LS is a great car for short drivers.
#1: Subaru Forester
Here's a safe, compact SUV with a spacious interior and outstanding fuel efficiency (even with all wheel drive).
Smaller and more compact than the Outback (#9 on this list), the Forester is fun to drive and has excellent visibility on all four sides.
According to one Subaru dealership website, the Forester looks “cooler” and “sportier” than the Outback, and it's great for people who have dogs.
It's also perfect for shorter people because the ride height – how high your body is while you're in the driver's seat – is a little higher than average.
Research says that these 10 cars are all great choices for shorter drivers. They're comfortable, and they offer excellent visibility and access to in-car features.
Which is your favorite? Leave a comment below!