Last post on Feb 16, 2009 at 10:34 PM
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#152 of 160 Little One Seeks Sporty Fun One
Feb 04, 2006 (11:19 am)
I'm just over 4'10" and have a passion for driving performance sport cars, but having difficulty finding a car that is comfortable for my size. I currently drive a Miata, and do not want another (I have to sit on a pillow to see over steering wheel). So far, I've tested 2005 Honda S2000, 2001 Mercedes SLK convertable, 2001 Boxster, and 2003 BMW Z3 (I don't like Z4 body change). Can anyone advise if there is a sporty, fun to drive convertable that is better suited to my size? My budget is $30k-ish.
#153 of 160 Re: Little One Seeks Sporty Fun One [lorin5]
Feb 04, 2006 (11:28 am)
If you currently own a Miata... how bout' checking out the all new 2006 Mazda MX-5. Total enhancement all around compared to the outgoing Miata. Equipped with more safety equipment as well.
You could buy a brand new, fully loaded, MX-5 Grand Touring for under $30K.
With the money you'll save... you can always ask a dealer to refer you to an outside, bonded, company that might be able to raise the seat.
#154 of 160 Re: Little One Seeks Sporty Fun One [lorin5]
Feb 05, 2006 (9:04 am)
.......and have a passion for driving performance sport cars, but having difficulty finding a car that is comfortable for my size.....30k
....well, for a lot less than 30k:
A. 0-60 under 6
B. 1/4 mile 14.5
C. Freeway MPG circa 35
D. Skidpad: .81
..course you'd have to accept flawless reliability, a back (somewhat small on legroom)seat and big trunk........
..sound interesting? You owe it to yourself to test drive one of these.
(The electric seat has many, many adjustments: it would fit you like a glove).
#155 of 160 Re: Little One Seeks Sporty Fun One [ezshift5]
Feb 06, 2006 (12:03 pm)
OK, you got me. Which car are you referring to?
Feb 07, 2006 (1:34 pm)
I am 5'4". Current car is a Kia Spectra5. I can raise the seat enough to look over the hood. I had a 2001 Hyundai Accent which my son is driving now. That fits me like a glove. Anything I've tried from Toyota puts me too low. Nissans are good for me, Hondas, so-so. Forget about mid-size or full-size. The seats are too big. I wish the driver's seat can be moved from car to car.
#157 of 160 Re: Little One Seeks Sporty Fun One [mikezoomzoom]
Feb 10, 2006 (6:21 pm)
Thank you MZZ, I will take a look at the MX-5.
Jul 03, 2006 (6:23 pm)
out the Fusion, my wife is 5'3 and she loves to drive it and says she feels very comfortable in the car...
#159 of 160 Re: Vehicles for petite women [krysia]
Jul 05, 2006 (8:41 pm)
The 2006 Mazda3 s-trim has manual height adjustment on the drivers seat. I'm 5'3" (don't know if that's tall) and can see out the window and be able to drive the Mazda3 comfortably. Plus depending on which s-trim and options you get, it's way under the $25,000 area. Hope this helps your friend!
#160 of 160 Safety is KEY
Feb 16, 2009 (10:34 pm)
My sister is 5'0" and the three most important things to look for are Telescopic Steering Wheel (Up/Down & In/Out), Power Adjustable Pedals, and a sensor that either measures the weight of the occupant or the distance relationship between the seat and the steering wheel. My sister enjoyed her BMW 325i, but said the Mercedes C320 (which has weight sensors) was a better fit so she traded a 3 for a C. If you need a big sedan the Jaguar XJís are great. The layout is very short stature friendly and has a nifty sensor that disengages the airbags if her seat is too close to the wheel. It also has telescopic steering wheel and adjustable pedals, which all tie in to her memory setting. Voice Activated Commands are also helpful if you drive a big car that way you donít have to worry about that button way over there. Just push the button on the steering wheel and tell the car what you want.