What Are the Best Cars For Short People?

September 11th, 2013 by

girls in a convertibleLarge SUVs and trucks may be popular, but these types of vehicles are not always suited to meet the needs of shorter drivers. Many vehicles on the road today have been designed with a higher beltline, which is the area below a car’s side windows where the sheet metal starts and the glass ends. Although this may give a vehicle a more sleek and stylish look, it is not ideal for vertically challenged drivers. There are many factors that smaller people look for when selecting a vehicle, including:

  • Increased Visibility
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Tilt-and-Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • Comfortable and Adjustable Seats

Adjustable seats are particularly important for shorter drivers. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), having 10-12 inches between the middle of the steering wheel and your breastbone is optimal. For smaller drivers, sitting too close can pose a safety hazard, especially due to airbag injury.

Mazda offers a variety of ideal cars for short people that provide improved safety, comfort, and convenience, and you can find them all here at Biggers Mazda in Elgin!

2015 Mazda3

Even the basic 2015 Mazda3 iSV comes with features like a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and the “Soul of Motion” design ensures that the Mazda3’s beltline is low enough to offer high visibility and make it one of the best cars for short people.Of course, the specs that make every driver love the Mazda3 will make it all the more appealing to shorter drivers:

  • The Mazda3’s 2.0L four-cylinder engine is rated at 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and earns a highway fuel economy of 41 mpg.
  • Upgrading tot he 2.5L four-cylinder raises the power output to 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque while keeping the fuel economy competitive at 39 highway mpg.
  • The hatchback has a cargo area of 20.2 cubic feet that can expand up to 47.1 cubic feet, while the 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space in the sedan makes it feel bigger on the inside.

With features like Bluetooth phone and audio, a touchscreen infotainment system, leatherette or leather upholstery, a rearview camera, and more, we’re sure there’s a Mazda3 for every kind of driver—especially the short ones.

2015 Mazda6

If you want to get the feeling just right, the 2015 Mazda6‘s available eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is your savior, and like the Mazda3, it has a low beltline for high visibility as well as a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. That makes this another Mazda on the short list of the best cars for short drivers.As a five-passenger mid-size sedan, the Mazda6 delivers style, high-tech features, and comfort to a segment that is filled with boring family cars, and that’s before you upgrade from the entry-level Sport trim to the Touring or Grand Touring trims.

Features on the Sport trim include:

  • Bluetooth phone and audio
  • 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Pandora internet radio compatibility
  • Rearview camera system

Upgrading to the Touring or Grand Touring can add on an upgraded Bose stereo system with 11 speakers, leatherette or leather upholstery, a rear spoiler, LED running lights, and more. And the 2.5L four-cylinder delivers 184 hp, 185 lb-ft of torque, and as much as 40 highway mpg to make this one of the most appealing mid-size cars on the road.

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

We may be a little biased, but we believe that the 2015 Mazda MX-5 is the best car for short drivers. If there were a competition for the best short people cars, we’re convinced the Miata would win. Granted, any two-seater sports car is going to have a low beltline that makes it appealing to short drivers, but how many roadsters can hope to compete with the legendary MX-5 Miata?The height-adjustable driver’s seat and tilt-adjustable steering wheel sealed the deal for us, and the entry-level model sports a 167-hp 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine with 140 lb-ft of torque and rear-wheel drive that give this little two-seater quite a kick.

Mazda makes four trim levels available on the 2015 model:

  • Sport
  • Club
  • Grand Touring
  • 25th Anniversary Edition

And while the Sport makes a great entry into the world of sports cars, the Club and Grand Touring models have access to a sport-tuned suspension with a limited-slip differential and Bilstein shocks, and the Grand Touring trim has features like Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio available.

Test Drive a Mazda Today

If you’ve had a tough time finding good cars for short people, we hope that we’ve convinced you to visit Biggers Mazda for a test drive of one of our vehicles. Mazda has sports cars, sedans, and hatchbacks that all make smart choices for shorter drivers, and we can’t wait to help you find yours.