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Old 06-22-2009, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default supersize couple looking for new vehicle...suggestions?

Hubby and I are both over 400lbs. I have very large hips, and we both have big bellies. Although we're not especially tall, we sit tall, because of our cushy butts. We're currently shopping for a 2008-2009 vehicle, preferally a midsize sedan, but we're flexible on the type of vehicle. Our budget is tight, though, so ideally we'd like to stay in the $25,000 range (or less, fingers crossed). We'd like to narrow our choices before going out to car lot after car lot. We've done quite a bit of internet research, but the measurements of a vehicle don't tell the whole story, so I thought we'd try to get some real-world advice from folks who might be in the same boat.

Our only "must-haves" are:

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We'd love to hear any and all suggestions! Thanks all!
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:16 PM   #2
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over 25k (unless you buy used) and is an SUV..but the Nissan Armada is awesome.. I have one and it's the most comfortable auto I have ever owned
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when i drive up north to visit family i always rent a chevy impala. it is considered full size, but is amazingly good on gas. very comfy for long trips.
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Hubby & I are both close to the size range of you and your husband. We have been driving a 2008 Saturn Outlook for over a year now. It has plenty of room for both of us together in the front seats. Of all the cars we've owned, this one is the most comfortable.

(We've had Toyota Sienna, Toyota Avalon, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Chrysler Grand Caravan)
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I second the Impala recommendation. I'm not super-sized (my biggest point while driving the car was size 26 on the bottom), but my mother's Impala has been great for my father and I (tall, long legs).

My PT Cruiser is also surprisingly roomy, and well within your budget. It's been very comfy for many of the big and tall people I know, including my friend's super-sized dad.
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I drive a 2008 Chevy Tahoe, that we purchased back in October. I am 500 plus pounds and this is the most comfortable vehicle. It is an SUV, not a car. It is totally roomy and I have no complaints. Bench seating in the front is an extra plus because it gives you more room...although some of the models do have bucket seating in the front also.

Our chevy was about 33,000 before military discount which brought it down to around 28,000. If you know anyone in the military they can get you a GO CODE. I might even be able to supply you with one (I am not sure how many times a year it can be used). Chevy also has decent rebates going on right now.

My cousin who is about the same size as me (a little shorter) just purchased a brand new 2009 Toyota Camry SE that is also really comfy. Her and I both drove from San Francisco to San Diego and back without any problems in her car. My knees and hips didn't give me any problems and Her and I didn't feel suffocated at all. It also got really good gas mileage.
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I second the Impala recommendation. I'm not super-sized (my biggest point while driving the car was size 26 on the bottom), but my mother's Impala has been great for my father and I (tall, long legs).

My PT Cruiser is also surprisingly roomy, and well within your budget. It's been very comfy for many of the big and tall people I know, including my friend's super-sized dad.
I was about to recommend the Impala. It's exactly what I would go for if I personally weren't looking for something a little higher up next time around. The split bench seating is really roomy, and the milage is quite good.
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I would also say the Impala is a good choice. They appear to be quite roomy.

Another suggestion would be a Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable. Even Consumer Reports likes the roominess in those. (In fact, they say the Taurus/Sables are more roomy than the larger Crown Vic/Grand Marquis!) Those should be in about that price range, also..and are quite reliable. Worth a look, anyway.
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My Grandma has an Impala and sometimes I drive her around. By far a comfy ride. Wide seats, ample leg room, and the seatbelts have a lot of stretch.
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I'd recommend the Ford Taurus. We have a 2005 Taurus and it has more hip and belly room for the two front seat passengers than our Suburban. I hear the new Taurus is even roomier. The new Taurus was previously called the Ford 500 if your looking for a car a year or two old.

Since they're not glamorous these Fords depreciate quickly so you can find really good deals on late model used versions (i.e. lease returns).
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I know its a Europoen car but i drive a SAAB 9-5, big and roomy .lots of head height as well if you are tall
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Hubby & I are both close to the size range of you and your husband. We have been driving a 2008 Saturn Outlook for over a year now. It has plenty of room for both of us together in the front seats. Of all the cars we've owned, this one is the most comfortable.

(We've had Toyota Sienna, Toyota Avalon, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Chrysler Grand Caravan)
Curious how the Outlook has behaved. Did you buy/lease it new/used/certified pre-owned? Any issues? None? Thanks...
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I'd recommend the Ford Taurus. We have a 2005 Taurus and it has more hip and belly room for the two front seat passengers than our Suburban. I hear the new Taurus is even roomier. The new Taurus was previously called the Ford 500 if your looking for a car a year or two old.

Since they're not glamorous these Fords depreciate quickly so you can find really good deals on late model used versions (i.e. lease returns).
Tauruses actually (well, the old ones...like mine) hold value really well.
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We rent minivans from time to time, and have found that the roomiest were the Toyota Sienna, Kia Sedona, and Nissan Quest.

FUll-size pickups with bench seats are very roomy, too. One of the roomiest we rented was a Dodge Ram, but the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are roomy, too.

I believe that the Impala might be about the only sedan tat's still available with bench seats - most of the others have buckets and a cosole.
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Ok... I'm going to say it, "Buick LeSabre". When I went car shopping a few years ago the LeSabre was the most comfortable. I am 400-420 and 5'2" and "round".

I know Buicks get razzed but I don't care. It is comfortable and gets pretty fair gas mileage. Everyone who has sat in the backseat said it is comfy back there.

A few years ago I rented a Tarus and while I fit and could drive it, it was not near as comfortable as the LeSabre.
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Thanks so much for all the great suggestions! My mom's car is an '03 Taurus that hubby and I are both comfy in (driver or passenger), so we were definitely considering a Taurus. Yesterday at a car lot, we were pleasantly surprised with the Hyundai Elantra Touring. It's a wagon-ish car, and it's very roomy for its size. The price is good, too, but Queen Cheapie here is still trying to haggle. It's well-rated by Consumer Reports and Edmunds, so we're hoping it'll last for years and years.
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I am a truck girl all the way. Have had my GMC Sierria for a few years now. Even when I was over 500 pounds I was able to fit behind the wheel and drive. GMC & Chevy have the most room in their trucks and suv's. I have also had a few Ford F150 trucks. Roomy but not as roomy as the other two.
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My husband and I had a rental car in February. It was a 2009 Toyota Camry. It was super comfortable. Tons of room, really long seat belts. I'm considering getting a Toyota for my next vehicle and I've looked into the prices. You can get one under $25,000.
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Ok... I'm going to say it, "Buick LeSabre". When I went car shopping a few years ago the LeSabre was the most comfortable. I am 400-420 and 5'2" and "round".

I know Buicks get razzed but I don't care. It is comfortable and gets pretty fair gas mileage. Everyone who has sat in the backseat said it is comfy back there.

A few years ago I rented a Tarus and while I fit and could drive it, it was not near as comfortable as the LeSabre.
This! I could fit comfortably in one even at 445 lbs and I didn't need an seatbelt extender. It fit just fine without any struggle.
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Ok... I'm going to say it, "Buick LeSabre". When I went car shopping a few years ago the LeSabre was the most comfortable. I am 400-420 and 5'2" and "round".

I know Buicks get razzed but I don't care. It is comfortable and gets pretty fair gas mileage. Everyone who has sat in the backseat said it is comfy back there.

A few years ago I rented a Tarus and while I fit and could drive it, it was not near as comfortable as the LeSabre.
Great! If the Elantra doesn't work out, I'll second the motion for LeSabres also. I haven't driven one, but I sat in one, and they are HUGE inside. They made them until 2005, and there are still quite a few low-mileage ones available. Plus, with that 3800 engine, they seem to last forever.
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my Mazda MPV is super comfortable. I carry most of my weight in my butt & belly and with a seatbelt extender, most Mazda's are very comfortable with respect to width and also wheel placement. I'm only 5'3 so it can be difficult in a sedan to reach the wheel and still have room.

This thread is really useful though as I rent cars often for work and always am kind of about what to pick when there's a short list!
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