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Old 08-09-2017, 04:04 PM
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OK, so first off I have an '09 Nissan Versa Sedan. It gets great gas mileage (30+ city/34+hwy). It hasn't given us a lick of trouble. It was inexpensive when we got it coming off someone's lease. The MAIN thing I like is that it is roomy for what it is (an inexpensive car). My husband and I are both tall and not skinny and my husband had a spinal fusion a few years back and has trouble getting into a car - like a mustang - where he has to simultaneously squat and duck to get in the passenger seat without whacking his head.

Like I say, I like the Versa sedan - plenty of knee room in the back for another couple along somewhere and good headroom. I like that when I'm looking for it in the parking lot it's one of the taller cars. (I'm not counting SUV's which I think are expensive and gas guzzlers.)

So, when I'm looking for another car down the road, does anyone have a suggestion of a make/style that would fit the bill? I thought PT Cruisers looked comfortable, but my husband isn't crazy for the style. I think there's a measurement, hip-to-head clearance or something, that could point me to the vehicles I'd need but I'm not sure where to find the information on something like that or even what the name of this measurement is.

Thanks city-data folks, for your insights.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:11 PM
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The Kia Soul is very popular among the senior set for being a small and easy to maneuver compact that has a high seating position for ease of getting in/out and visibility.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:13 PM
Location: Colorado Springs
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How much can you afford?

You want a car with a high "H" point, i.e. the distance from the ground to the hip position while sitting.

Some possibilities: A minivan, a Subaru Forester, or a Ford Flex.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:23 PM
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You will have to go sit and drive the cars that you are interested in. You could get a 1,000 suggestions and none might be right for each of your body types.

The most comfortable car I have found is a Mercury Sable Ford Taurus years 2000 - 2005. Find a nice low miles one owner car. But this is only for me. You might find it too low to get in and out whereas any SUV is higher and possibly easier to get in and out.

All manufacturers are making seats smaller and smaller and harder and harder. With HUGE center consoles. With dodads and wigets in addition to half dozen cup holders.

Just go out sit and drive any and all.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:26 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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My dad and his neighbor (both mid 80s) tried all kinds of different cars to determine which are the easiest for a large stiff person to get in and out of. They each tested over 20 cars (nice to be retired and have lots of time). They both chose the Buick Encore. That may be a good option. Personally, I hate it, but I am a car guy. If you like Nissan Versa, you will probably love the Encore.

If you want tiny tiny, look at Chevy Spark. I drove with my daughter and all of her worldly goods, my tent, an air mattress and some pillows for camping - from Detroit to Yuma Arizona. With the seat all the way back, I had comfortable legroom and I am 6'1" somewhat over 220 and have a 36" inseam. The downside was we had to move her stuff back and forth each time we changed drivers so I could put the seat all the way back. For such a small car, it had a surprising amount of room. It could eventually get up to speeds in excess of 85 mph. The ride is not great, but all those little cheap cars are that way. There is quite a bit of road noise. We got very good MPG. Oh and it cost less than $15,000 new. I would not buy one for me, but she likes it well enough that when the insurance company totaled it after a hailstorm she decided to buy it back form them and drive it dents and all.Most important - it is "cute," especially when you add eyelashes to the headlights.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:26 PM
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He - UNIT731 is right. There is no telling what will fit you well AND you have to do LONG TERM test drives to determine.
Never heard of little versa to be a tall person car. That already points that your preferences are not common.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:27 PM
Location: Floribama
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Last gen Chevy Equinox (not the new 2018).
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:29 PM
Location: Raleigh
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The last PT Cruisers were made in 2010. We love ours. Our newer car is a 2014 Nissan Murano which is more roomy and is easy to get in and out of. We get 20mpg in town, 25mpg on the road at 75MPH.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:30 PM
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As you get older, your seating position should become more raised, so that it is easier to get in and out. A regular passenger car NOW may be impossible to use five years down the road. SUV type seating is what you need. Lots of leg room, so that you do not keep hips twisted out trying to fit into per design short cars.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:30 PM
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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Buick or Lincoln are what most retired people drive were I live, Buick is the most popular one though. Oldsmobile was the car of choice for the older drivers at one time.
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