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Honda Accord, Mazda MAZDA3, MINI Cooper, Coupe, Sedan, Wagon
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#148 of 160 Solara...with the..
Mar 06, 2005 (10:47 am)
l. The seat goes UP and forward..this provides the requisite 10 inches airbag - driver space.
2. The seat goes WAY UP. Clearance to headliner is about 2 1/2 inches
#149 of 160 mazda3 hatchback 2005
Apr 02, 2005 (11:35 pm)
i'm 5' tall. no problem reaching any pedals or with visibility since i can jack up the seat, make the seat closer to the pedals, and adjust my steering wheel down so its not in the way. my hatchback also has a lower back cushion built into the seat, which i can inflate or deflate.
#150 of 160 Re: mazda3 hatchback 2005 [sgtpepper]
Apr 07, 2005 (9:36 am)
You must have relatively long legs for your height, because often if you're short and you have to jack up the seat, your lower legs end up sort of dangling and you can't rest your heel on the floor when pushing the gas pedal.
#151 of 160 Keep in mind ...
Apr 07, 2005 (9:57 am)
The Mazda3 in "s" trim comes with lumbar support in the driver's seat.
#152 of 160 Little One Seeks Sporty Fun One
Feb 04, 2006 (12:19 pm)
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 (12:28 pm)
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 (10:04 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 (1:03 pm)
OK, you got me. Which car are you referring to?
Feb 07, 2006 (2:34 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 (7:21 pm)
Thank you MZZ, I will take a look at the MX-5.