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#39 of 70 Some rather random seats heights I've measured
Mar 29, 2006 (11:40 am)
Just as an FYI...
Miata: 13" (talk about low)
Legacy 2.5i sedan: 17.5"
Impreza RS sedan: 20"
Outback XT: 22"
I recommend the Outback because you don't really have to climb up, yet it's not too low either. My Forester is slightly higher, though I have not measured. Both are pretty easy to climb in and out of.
Exception - the rear door of the Forester is too narrow, so getting in the back seat is not as easy.
I hope someone finds this information useful.
#40 of 70 GM builds the best elderly and limited mobility vehicles.......
May 05, 2006 (1:47 am)
I read that about 2 weeks ago somewhere. (I think on GMtv) Well it was on Limited Mobility and GM got an award.
#41 of 70 Big, bad back etc. need alternative to SUV or minivan
Aug 07, 2006 (4:35 pm)
I am 6'1", 240lbs with a spinal fusion and a few other mobiity problems. I have been driving minivans and SUVs for the last ten years but would really like a sedan. The ford 500 is perfect, but I do not want to buy a ford.
Does anyone know of another sedan that has the high seating and headroom of the ford 500? The boomers are getting older and less mobile. The manufacturers should be planning for this market
#42 of 70 Why not...
Aug 08, 2006 (8:35 am)
...buy the 500? If you're worried about repairs you can just add an extended warranty (although Ford recently expanded their powertrain warranty to 5yr/60K miles with free roadside assistance).
Honestly, I can't think of another sedan that has the same seating height advantage.
#43 of 70 Re: Big, bad back etc. need alternative to SUV or minivan [biscuit1941]
Aug 08, 2006 (9:18 am)
Try an Avalon, maybe? Aren't those seats at least slightly higher than normal?
#44 of 70 Re: Big, bad back etc. need alternative to SUV or minivan [biscuit1941]
Aug 09, 2006 (8:53 am)
I'm rather tall as well (6'5") with back trouble. Do you (or anyone else) have trouble loading or unloading cargo into your car trunks or minivans? I'm looking at the ford 500 just for this reason. Thanks.
#45 of 70 Re: Big, bad back etc. need alternative to SUV or minivan [realtallguy]
Sep 03, 2006 (5:24 pm)
I don't have an issue with any of my cars (Infiniti I35, Honda Civic, and Honda Odyssey) but I have had issues before with a Dodge Neon (the opening is too small) and if I'm carrying something bulky an Infiniti G35 might make it hard to stick stuff into the trunk.
Besides the Ford 500 I would also look at the Ford Freestyle and perhaps a few minivans.
#46 of 70 Re: Big, bad back etc. need alternative to SUV or minivan [jchan2]
Sep 03, 2006 (10:42 pm)
As a mobility limited person I have some experience with different vehicle and I would unhesitatingly recommend the Dodge Caravan or the Chrysler version of the same. Easy to enter and exit and with the sliding door plenty of room for wheechairs etc. Also plenty of room to install a lift to load wheelchairs or scooter thru the back.
I drive a '06 Dakota but admit it is a bit high for some people. The 2nd generation Dakotas aren't quite as high so I wouldn't overlook those.
#47 of 70 Re: Big, bad back etc. need alternative to SUV or minivan [biscuit1941]
Sep 04, 2006 (4:40 am)
Didn't see anyone mention the Chrysler 300...not sure if it has the same specs as the 500, but I would guess it's close.