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Best Vehicle for Elderly/Limited Mobility Drivers

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,413
    Oh, I love the idea of driving it from California to NJ! I don't however, think this sounds likely to happen.
  • caitlyncaitlyn Posts: 1
    Hoping my message will update some answers. I too am looking for an SUV that's is low enough to get in (I must be able to sit down and not lift up my leg to get in) and high enough to get out of i.e. without having to pull myself up (muscle atrophy). I have a Subaru Forrester which is fine to get in but getting out is no longer something I can do with two bad knees & arthritis. The seats are sedan-size low. Plus higher cars have a wide lip preventing me from just leaning my butt against the seat and getting in. I am 5'4 and basically need a 29-30" high seat (the forrester is 26" from the seat to the ground). My physical therapist has literally measured all this for me as I hunt for my new car.
    I am looking at the Ford Escape but am paranoid as I fell getting into a Toyota Highlander which, to a petite person like me, was a bus.
    Thank you for your thoughtful responses. Also, you'd think salespeople or their managers would be more accomodating afterall helping someone out will lead to a possible sale and good word of mouth.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    What year is your Forester? The 2009 and newer models are higher. You might find they're right where your "sweet spot" is in terms of seat height. Driver's side is power height adjustable on our 09 Limited, too.
  • lmpalmer1lmpalmer1 Posts: 3
    Hopefully someone's still watching this thread. I created another thread outlining my problem, but I'll copy it here and maybe get some more exposure/answers.

    Asking this question on behalf of my grandmother, who is in the market for a new car and has asked me to help. She currently drives an '03 Camry and has one major complaint that has her looking for another car: she has severe arthritis in her hands and the steering wheel is too stiff for her to turn comfortably or easily. The steering wheel isn't stiff in general (I have no trouble with it), but her hands are so weak that steering has become a serious problem, and that's obviously not a minor problem to have when dealing with a car.

    I've been trying to research models whose steering wheels are more easily manipulated than others, but almost nothing has come up. I get a lot of hits for heated steering wheels, but that's not going to help much.

    I'd be grateful for any suggestions for cars with what I guess you might call a flexible steering wheel. There may be an industry or insider term for that; if there is I don't know it. As far as other requirements go, she wants a 4-door automatic sedan, preferably not American, and price really isn't a concern (unless Lamborghini's are famed for having forgiving steering wheels, in which case that would be a tad overboard). Very grateful for any help anyone can give me.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,692
    You mean, by "stiff", too hard to turn side to side or that the material has no "give" when you grasp it?

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