5 Great Cars for Obese and Overweight Drivers
Spacious sedans that offer roomy leg and hip space for larger drivers
Driving is a necessary part of daily life. In fact, more than 90 percent of Americans drive to work (per the Brookings Institute). 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 percent of Americans are obese, and nearly 71 percent 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.
Roomy sedans for obese and overweight drivers based on hip and leg space
Why it’s great: A subcompact car isn’t usually the most ideal option for a larger driver. However, the 2020 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: 2020 Toyota Yaris
Compact car: 2020 Subaru Impreza
Why it’s great: The 2020 Subaru Impreza offers a roomy 56.7 inches of front shoulder/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: 2020 Chevy Cruze
Midsize sedan: 2020 Kia Optima
Why it’s great: The 2020 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: 2020 Hyundai Sonata
Full-size sedan: 2020 Chevrolet Impala
Why it’s great: Larger drivers get 54.9 inches of front hip room in the 2020 Chevrolet Impala, along with 45.8 inches of front leg room and 39.9 inches of front head room.
Another good option: 2020 Nissan Maxima
Luxury car: 2020 Cadillac CT6
Why it’s great: The 2020 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. Bear in mind that production of the 2020 CT6 is limited, as Cadillac discontinued it in the USA.
Another good option: 2020 Genesis G90
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.