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Which Type of Vehicle Is Best for Mobility Conversion: Car, Van, SUV, or Truck?

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BraunAbility MXV Vehicle Is Best for Mobility Conversion

Ford’s BraunAbility MXV, a wheelchair-accessible SUV
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Independent transportation for those in wheelchairs is possible today thanks to companies who turn production models into accessible vehicles with customized entry, steering, and pedal solutions. Working with a conversion specialist will help you get the upgrades you need. Before deciding upon those specifics, the conversation needs to start with a decision on what style of vehicle is best for mobility conversion. Should it be a car, van, SUV, or truck?

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Determining which vehicle types are best for mobility conversion

The majority of mobility conversions involve minivans or full-size vans, but is that the answer for every driver? Do different vehicle types offer different accessibility solutions?

Sedan cars generally offer better fuel economy rates and maneuverability in traffic/parking situations thanks to their compact size. However, their potential for wheelchair-accessible conversion is limited because of the small cabin. You can have a ramp added to a large sedan, but if you have to store a wheelchair, cargo and passenger room will be restricted.

Crossovers are a step up from sedans, offering comparable fuel economy with a larger cabin and better potential entry access and seating options.

For more power and seating options but lower fuel economy and a higher price tag, a full-size SUV has a lot of potential. If you’re an adventurous person or live somewhere with hazardous weather conditions, an SUV may be a good choice for its four-wheel drive capability.

Trucks also offers capable drivetrain options, and could be an option if the truck you want to convert has a back seat to fit the lift. Pickup trucks offer exceptional utility and ride height potential, but converting them may require extra customization to fit your equipment. Plus, the fuel economy and comfort/entertainment technology options on production trucks are often lacking.

The most reliable choice for an accessible vehicle conversion is a van because it offers the best access and seating options. However, vans are typically not stylish, fuel-efficient, or very powerful, and their rudimentary drivetrains make them lackluster transportation in non-suburban settings. Plus, they’re not the easiest to maneuver.

Choosing the best vehicle type to convert depends on your daily needs, where you live, and what your budget is, so make sure you speak with a specialist before deciding.

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