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Old 05-29-2015, 10:24 AM   #12
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Default Can't be overstated...

It depends, really. It really depends on precisely how big you are and how you are big. Whether tall or short or just about average in height. And width versus...depth?

A lot of the German/European makers (Benz, Audi, VW) have at least a driver's seat that's 4-way adjustable. Even in the earlier models; I mean used cars that are, like, more 7-8 years old. However, if you're either/or above, say, 5' 10" in height or have a Yellow-pages sized buttocks, getting under the height profile of the sedan or coupe models can mean lowering the seat to where you're sitting a bit low to floor. Which is perfectly comfortable for most of us, especially if you have the belt extender, to sit driving like that for 3-4 hours.

It's when you're trying to get in or out (again, after having been sedentary for a couple of hours), that you might look a bit funny.

Conversely, you tend to see the opposite type of problem with (I've only driven) American trucks or SUVS. If you're tall enough, it's easy to just hop out. But, depending on how big your belly, it will practically have to be touching the the giant steering wheel in order for you to be close enough to reach the rest of the dash controls (radio, climate control, window defrost, etc...).

That's why, as some have mentioned before, Suburu's Outback makes for something of an effective compromise. The height profile of it is such that a taller or big-butted person can get in without craning their head too much or lowering the seat to where they feel like they're climbing out of a hole. It's also wider than, say, the Forester model along with a bunch of others. However, it also handles a bit better than most SUV's or even small trucks and isn't so difficult for short or old people to get in or out of, either the driver's or passenger's seat.
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