Top 10 Best Cars for Short Drivers in 2017: Consumer Reports

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

If you’re a short driver shopping for a new car, this list is for you.

Consumer Reports has revealed its list of the best cars for short drivers available in 2017, based on test scores of recently tested vehicles. The publication based the results on seat comfort, driving position, seat and steering wheel adjustability, ease of access, and the sightlines to determine its choices for the top 10 best cars for short drivers. The shortest tester used in the evaluations was 5 foot 1.

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The vehicles weren’t individually ranked on the list, so we have them in alphabetical order below.

Acura RLX

Acura’s flagship sedan starts from $55,400 including destination and comes powered with a 3.5-liter V6 engine sporting 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque standard. Inside, headroom measures 37.6 inches up front, while legroom is 42.3 inches and shoulder room is 59.6 inches.

BMW 7 Series

Like the Acura RLX, the 7 Series is BMW’s flagship sedan and is priced from $82,495. The entry model is the BMW 740i sporting a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 320 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. There’s plenty of room up front with driver and passenger enjoying 39.9 inches of headroom, 41.4 inches of legroom and 59.2 inches of shoulder room.

Honda Accord

The Honda Accord Sedan starts from $23,330 with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood as standard. It offers 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Front headroom measures 39.1 inches while legroom is 42.5 inches and shoulder room is 58.6 inches.

Honda Odyssey

If you’re patient, there’s a new 2018 Honda Odyssey just around the corner. But if you’re in the market now, you may be able to get a good deal on the 2017 Honda Odyssey that starts from $30,790. Powering the popular minivan is a 3.5-liter V6 engine offering 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Front headroom measures 39.7 inches, while legroom is 40.9 inches. Shoulder room comes in at an impressive 64.4 inches up front.

Lexus ES

The entry-level Lexus ES luxury sedan starts from $39,895 and that gets you a standard 3.5-liter V6 with 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Headroom up front measures 37.5 inches with a moonroof or 37.7 inches with a panorama glass roof. Legroom is 41.9 inches while shoulder room is 57.6 inches.

Lexus LS

Like the Honda Odyssey, Lexus has introduced a new 2018 model but currently the outgoing 2017 is available at dealerships. Priced from $73,515 the Lexus LS features a 4.6-liter V8 under the hood with 386 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque. Inside, driver and front passenger enjoy 38 inches of headroom, 43.7 inches of legroom and 58.5 inches of shoulder room.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

With other luxury automakers’ flagships making the list, it’s no surprise the Mercedes-Benz S-Class does too. The S550 Sedan starts from $97,525 but you get to enjoy a 4.7-liter biturbo V8 engine. Interior dimensions are comparable to other luxury sedans in the segment, with 39.7 inches of front headroom, 41.4 inches of legroom and 59.7 inches of shoulder room.

Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester compact SUV starts from $23,470 and comes standard with a 2.5-liter Boxer four-cylinder engine that generates 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. Inside the front headroom is impressive at 41.4 inches, while legroom measures 43.0 inches and shoulder room is 57.0 inches.

Subaru Outback

If you’re not a fan of the Forester’s styling, then there’s the Outback crossover. Priced from $26,520 the Outback is also powered by a 2.5-liter Boxer four-cylinder engine like the Forester, but it offers 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. Inside, headroom up front measures 40.8 inches while legroom is 42.9 inches and shoulder room is 58.1 inches.

Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is priced from $46,745 and comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine offering 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The interior boasts 38.9 inches of front headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom and 57.7 inches of shoulder room.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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