Thanks a lot for your advice.I did some test driving last year before I bought my Hyundai Elantra so I've been in a few of these cars....
Ford: Focus, Escape, Fusion <--- the only one I can comment on here is the Focus.... standard compact car size.
Hyundai: Accent <--- which Accents are sub-compacts, I think, you'd be surprised at the room inside. As a size 24-26 bottom, I think this car would be uncomfortable for me for a long drive.
Pontiac: G6, Vibe <--- not sure if it was a G5 or G6 I tried, but basically the exact same as a Cobalt. I wasn't crazy about the Vibe, but I know some supersize friends who had one for years and loved it.
Nissan: Versa <--- never tried this personally, but I think it aligns with other compacts.
Chevrolet: Aveo, Cobalt, Malibu, Impala, Monte Carlo <--- you'll probably find the Aveo too small. I drove a Cobalt before I bought my Elantra and it was a nice car. Not a lot of hip room, but equivalent to what I have now. The other cars might give you more room, but again you'd miss out on the gas mileage.
Mazda: 6 <--- Shame it's not a Mazda 5 which is the wagon. I rented one of those once (supposed to get a Cobalt but they were all out) and I LOVED it! Still think that's what I should've bought.
Kia: Rio <--- sub-compact similar to the Aveo and Accent. Having had poor experience with a Sportage in the past, I'd never in good conscience recommend a Kia to anyone.
Awesome! thank you for responding. Can you buckle the seat belt okay?Malibu, Malibu, Malibu! I'm 485 and 5'3", and I bought a Chevy Malibu back in January. LOTS of room - it was the only thing I've driven in a long time where the wheel didn't press into my belly.
Thanks. It has been my experience that a lot of the Asian cars are built small, but as a culture they are smaller in size than the US, so I suppose that makes sense.I am personally over 300 and my husband has a Versa. I hate driving the thing cuz I feel squished so I could imagine someone bigger than I would have even more of an issue. The leg room is great but I don't need leg room ( Im 5'4"), I need BUTT room and it does not seem to have enough.
Ultimately, I will go and try it out, but I wanted to have a working knowledge beforehand. I didn't want to try to get into a super small car and embarrass myself. Also, different rental places have different cars. I want to go to the rental place that has a selection that I will be okay with. At least this way, I can try out cars that I have a good idea will fit me.Hmm, I use an extender, but I CAN buckle the seatbelt if I have to. It's just uncomfortably tight. Unfortunately, we're all built so differently that there's no way to tell if it's going to fit you in advance or not. Hey - just had an idea - why don't you go into the rental car place the day before you rent the car and just tell them you're renting soon and want to look at different cars to see how they'll work for you?
It is definitely all about shape. I am only 30lbs heavier than you and I could not even get in the door. I think cos I am so big in the belly that when I go to sit down I double in size...whereas if I had hips and an ass I might fit more places. I did try a Malibu cos I remembered them being big, but alas a small as 2 door Chevy Cobalt works much much better....not only did I get in the door but I can drive it without my belly on the wheel!Malibu, Malibu, Malibu! I'm 485 and 5'3", and I bought a Chevy Malibu back in January. LOTS of room - it was the only thing I've driven in a long time where the wheel didn't press into my belly.
I would say the impala. I own one it is roomy and if you have problems fitting the armrest in the middle usually folds up.I am trying to go on a road trip next week. We would like to rent a car, but I am worried about getting a car that I don't fit in. I have the choices of a Hyundai Accent, Ford Focus, Pontiac G6, Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Chevy Aveo, Nissan Versa, Kia Rio, Chevy Cobalt, Mazda 6, Chevy Malibu, Chevy Impala, Pontiac Vibe, or Chevy Monte Carlo. I weigh about 466 at a height of 5'6" and I am a size 34. I own a Ford Taurus, and I am able to fit and buckle up without any issue. I know I can call and try them out, but I would like some feedback first. I'm a bit embarassed about calling and saying I'm too fat to fit in most cars. Thanks!
The Ford Escape very closely resembles the Ford Explorer in design if I remember correctly. My wife is taller than you but was at one time close to your weight. She fit fairly well into that vehicle.I own a Taurus, but I can not take it on the road trip. I need to rent a car and I am only able to choose from the following:
Ford: Focus, Escape, Fusion