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5 Great Cars for Obese and Overweight Drivers

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Driving is often a necessary part of daily life. In fact, more than 90% of Americans drive to work. Unfortunately, car design doesn’t always move forward with larger, wider drivers in mind.

The need for cars that heavier people can drive safely and comfortably isn’t just theoretical. According to CDC statistics from 2013-2014, nearly 38% of Americans are obese, and nearly 71% are overweight. Meanwhile, Edmunds reports that obese drivers face much higher risks behind the wheel.

For drivers who are overweight or obese, here’s a look at five cars that provide plenty of hip room to accommodate their size, along with adequate leg room and head room for those who are also taller than average.

While considering these cars, keep in mind that body types vary widely, so a personal inspection and test drive is an especially crucial step in any buying decision. It’s also important to make sure that the seatbelt fits properly and that there is adequate space between the chest and the steering wheel.


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2018 Honda Fit

Why it’s great: A subcompact car isn’t usually the most ideal option for a larger driver. However, the 2018 Honda Fit provides 51.5 inches of front hip room, which is better than usual for this segment. The Fit also provides 41.4 inches of front leg room and 39.5 inches of front head room, both of which are equal to what’s available in many larger vehicles.

Another good option: 2018 Toyota Prius C

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2018 Subaru Impreza

2018 Subaru Impreza

Why it’s great: The 2018 Subaru Impreza offers a roomy 55.1 inches of front hip room for wider drivers. It also offers an outstanding 43.1 inches of front leg room, along with 39.8 inches of front head room.

Another good option: 2018 Chevy Cruze

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2018 Kia Optima

Why it’s great: The 2018 Kia Optima provides a comfortable 56 inches of front hip room. Front leg room comes in at a spacious 45.5 inches, while front head room measures 39.8 inches.

Another good option: 2018 Hyundai Sonata

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2018 Chevrolet Impala

2018 Chevrolet Impala

Why it’s great: Larger drivers get 54.9 inches of front hip room in the 2018 Chevrolet Impala, along with 45.8 inches of front leg room and 39.9 inches of front head room.

Another good option: 2018 Nissan Maxima

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The Cadillac CT6 flagship sedan returns for the 2017 model year with a few tech updates and a starting MSRP of $53,495

2018 Cadillac CT6

Why it’s great: The 2018 Cadillac CT6 provides plenty of front hip room: 55.9 inches. It also provides a generous 46.4 inches of front leg room and 40.2 inches of front head room.

Another good option: 2018 Genesis G90

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Sources: CDC, Brookings, Edmunds