Short lady driving a car.

Top 10 Best and Worst 2015 Model New Cars for Short Drivers

If you’re a short driver, my apologies, I mean, “vertically challenged.” You know what it’s like to drive a vehicle too large for you.

Finding the best new car for a short person isn’t always the most scientific process. You normally hear tall drivers complain about leg or head room in a vehicle such as a sports car. These same vehicles often irritate shorter drivers also because of their pedal placements, poor lines-of-site, and high body panels (door sills).

All because your smaller in stature doesn’t mean you’re limited to only driving subcompact or compact cars. Larger SUVs and crossovers can provide tailored cockpits that provide a great view of the road ahead for taller and shorter drivers alike.

One of the first thing a shorter driver should look for in any vehicle is how the driver’s area is arranged. While car shopping you should sit in the driver’s seat and see what the visibility is like in the vehicle, you should also see how the seat and all the mirrors can be adjusted before passing judgment on the vehicle.

Consumer Reports did a test with several different sized drivers, the tallest driver was 6 feet 2 inches, and the smallest driver was 5 feet 1 inch. They took a look at vehicles recently tested for driver’s view, seat comfort, access, and driving position. If you’d like to know which 2015 model vehicles rated the best for tall drivers, read my previous article; Top 10 Best and Worst New Cars for Tall Drivers.

What they found is vehicles such as the Subaru Forester and Honda Accord ranked very high for families with a mix of tall or vertically challenged drivers. The worst vehicles for both tall and short drivers are mostly sports cars. The tests show there is no head room for taller drivers and short drivers have a hard time reaching the clutch pedal.

Check out our lists of the Top 10 Best and Worst 2015 Model New Cars for Short Drivers below.

Top 10 Best New Cars for Short Drivers

RankVehicle
12015 Subaru Forester
22015 Honda Accord
32015 Lexus LS
42015 Lexus ES
52015 Acura RLX
62015 Mercedes-Benz S550
72015 Nissan Maxima
82015 Honda Odyssey
92015 Subaru Outback
102015 BMW 7 Series

Top 10 Worst New Cars for Short Drivers

RankVehicle
12015 Porsche Boxter
22015 Mazda MX-5 Miata
32015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR
42015 Nissan Z
52015 Ford Fiesta
62015 Mitsubishi Mirage
72015 Chevrolet Camaro
82015 Jeep Wrangler
92015 Nissan Titan
102015 Porsche Panamera

As always, I highly recommend you begin your new car shopping experience online. This will help better educate you on the car buying process and keep you from becoming the victim of any costly car dealer scams. Read my article on How to Research New Cars Online to learn how to shop, compare, and price new cars from before stepping foot inside a car dealership.

If you’re considering the purchase of a new pickup truck for work or play, I recommend using a free online referral service such as Ryde Shopper and Motor Trend to guarantee you pay the lowest price. These services will tell you what others are paying for the vehicle you’re considering in your local area and which dealers give the greatest discounts.