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 |  Aug 13 2010, 10:44 AM


It’s always painful to drag out the tired “fat Americans” canard that so many smug Europeans like to bust out everytime your criticize their 35 hour workweek, but the truth is, many Americans are on the larger side.

Consumers Reports makes an excellent point; larger people often buy larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs, which has an impact on fuel economy. Not only do larger vehicles consume more fuel, but the added mass of their obese human cargo adds to the overall burden that the vehicle must deal with.

Recognizing this phenomenon, Consumers Reports decided to round up the best vehicles for portly men and women that were also efficient and affordable. Among the criteria for the vehicles were “easy access, a roomy driving position, decent visibility, and comfortable seats plus, a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel for extra room.” The top 5 vehicles were the Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Azera, Kia Rondo and Subaru Forester XT Limited, not the most exciting choices but all decent vehicles in their own right.

[Source: Consumers Reports]