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Car Shopping Tips for Short and Tall Drivers

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If you’re a little on the short side, you probably know how hard it can be to find the right car.  Alternatively, car shopping can be just as frustrating for someone tall.  Whether you’re struggling to peer over the steering wheel or struggling to squeeze into a small vehicle, car shopping can be frustrating and difficult.

In recent years, auto manufacturers have been trying to keep short and tall drivers in mind when designing cars, and there are more options out there than their used to be.

Here are some of the best cars for short and tall drivers:

Best Cars for Short Drivers

1. Honda Accord EX-L

2. Honda Odyssey EX-L

3. Acura MDX

4. Nissan Maxima

5. Subaru Forester


Best Cars for Tall Drivers

1. Honda Accord EX-L

2. Honda Odyssey EX-L

3. Ford Flex Limited

4. Volvo S80

5. Volvo XC70


You’ll notice that both the Accord and Odyssey show up on each list, making them great choices for families with tall and short drivers.  What makes these vehicles so ideal for these drivers are their many customizable features and adjustments.  For short drivers, the Forester and Accord both have clear visibility and adjustable seats.  The Accord has a telescoping steering wheel, which can be used for short and tall drivers.


If these cars don’t quite fit your style, consider the following things when shopping for your new vehicle.


Tips for Short Drivers:

–       Make sure you can see over the dashboard and steering wheel, and check your sightlines out the passenger and back windows.

–       Make sure you can reach the foot pedals while sitting comfortably in your chair.

–       The steering wheel should be at least 10 inches away to protect you in case the air bag deploys

–       Check the height of the vehicle – is it easy to climb into?

–       Check the trunk and make sure you can reach it to close it


Tips for Tall Drivers:

–       Sit in the vehicle to see if you have adequate leg and head room

–       Make sure you can enter and exit the car comfortably

–       Check the seat height adjustment

–       Check the pedals to make sure they are not too close together for your feet

–       Avoid cars with sun roofs, as they can take up extra head room


When you stop by for a visit, don’t be afraid to ask one of our helpful representatives at Penske Automotive for advice about what car would be best for you, and what your features or options would be available.  Finding the right car is about comfort and safety.




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SUV vs. Minivan Showdown: Which Should You Get for Your Family?

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Is your family looking for a new car? Can’t decide between a minivan and an SUV? While the minivan has a stigma to it – and maybe you are hesitant to give in and get one – it actually might be a better fit for your family. Car manufacturers are trying to update and refresh the minivan to make it more appealing. However, there are some times that simply call for the SUV.

So which is better? That’s going to depend on the needs of your family. Check out our showdown below to find out which car is your family’s match.


Round 1: Style

A “soccer mom” stigma unfortunately puts the minivan at a disadvantage to start with. People just don’t think it’s “hip.” Especially teenagers. On the other hand, you have the rugged SUV that practically screams fun and adventure. Despite the fact that car manufacturers are attempting to jazz up minivans and make them a little more appealing, this round has to go to the SUV.


Round 2: Handling

The minivan makes a comeback in this round, with smooth handling and better maneuverability. The SUV puts up a fight, though, with off-roading capabilities. Bad weather? The SUV says, “No problem.” In an SUV, you can handle hills and potholes.


Round 3: Space

The minivan dominates this round with seating for 7 or 8 people and cargo space to spare. While some SUVs do have a third row – like the Honda Pilot, for example – for the most part, you’ll get more space in a minivan. Minivans also allow you to take out the back seat if you need even more space in the back. Sliding doors make it easy for your entourage to pile in.


Round 4: Fuel Efficiency

With better gas mileage, this is another round for the minivan. Large SUVs in particular have a reputation for being gas-guzzlers.

Round 5: Capabilities

With 4×4 capability and towing, the SUV is a great multipurpose vehicle. While the minivan can also haul, SUVs generally get better tow ratings than minivans.


Overall, they seem to come out even. Looking for good handling and space? The minivan’s got your back. But if you need something a little sportier, that can handle off-roading or harsh weather conditions, you might find a better friend in the SUV. If you have a lot of kids, or are planning on heading up the local carpool, a minivan might be better. If you live in a harsh climate, the SUV might be better. Ultimately, determine what your family needs, and make your decision based on that.

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