Overweight and looking for a used car to fit your needs? While a number of cars are touted as good for tall drivers, that doesn’t necessarily translate into a good car for a plus-sized person. Factors to consider include how easily you can enter and exit the vehicle, whether the driving position is comfortable, insuring adequate legroom, and wide enough seat cushions. Larger drivers should forego bucket seats and be sure to check to ensure the front console doesn’t wedge you in or press against legs.
Generally speaking, overweight people will find more room and comfort in large sedans, as well and midsize and full-size crossovers and SUVs. Here are three used cars that may be good choices for the larger driver and passengers.
2012– There’s nothing like a big, roomy American sedan when it comes to driving and riding comfort – if that full-size sedan is the 2013 Chrysler 300. Completely redesigned in 2011, the 2012 Chrysler 300 can be equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the base 300, standard equipment appropriate for overweight people includes an eight-way power driver seat with four-way power lumbar, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The Limited adds a power passenger seat. The optional Luxury group (on Limited and 300S) includes power-adjustable pedals and steering wheel, and driver memory functions.
Overall, front seats are firm and well-shaped, with supportive padding. And there is plenty of room behind the optional power-adjustable steering wheel. The rear camera and optional blind-spot warning systems work well to overcome blind spots and cross-traffic alert helps when backing up.
2012 – Though its boxy styling may turn off some larger consumers, there’s no question that the 2012 Ford Flex large crossover offers plenty of room and features to make driving more comfortable. The base Flex SE has a six-way power driver seat with manual recline, front-seat manual lumbar adjustment, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40-split second row seat with power-flip portion for easy third-row access. Flex SEL adds an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar) and six-way power passenger front seat. The Limited has driver memory and power-adjustable pedals.
2011 – When an eight-passenger vehicle is required and some of the passengers and/or driver might be on the plus side, the redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan could very well be a smart choice. The 2011 Odyssey is bigger than its predecessor, resulting in more legroom for second-row passengers. Legroom in the Odyssey’s third row increases 1.1 inches, making for more comfortable seating for adults. In the base LX, larger drivers will appreciate the standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and power driver seat. Moving up to EX adds a multi-adjustable second-row seat, while the EX-L has a standard power passenger front seat. The Touring includes driver memory seat settings.
Large front seats are well-padded, offering good lateral and thigh support. Second-row seats are wide, well-shaped and comfortable. The height-adjustable armrest on the driver’s seat is a feature sure to be appreciated by the larger driver.