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Consumer Reports’ Best (and Worst) Cars for Short Drivers

We recently took a look at Consumer Reports’ best and worst list of cars for tall drivers. If you’re over 6 foot 2, it was probably an insightful read (we hope). But most people aren’t that tall. So what options are out there for shorter drivers?

If you’re of average height, the automotive world is your oyster. Sporty coupes, compact pickup trucks, low-slung roadsters — you can fit in anything. But if you’re tall or short, you could be out of luck. Pointing out that its shortest reviewer is just 5 foot 1, Consumer Reports has gone over recent models and found the best — and worst — ones for the vertically challenged. Here are the top vehicles for shorter drivers, along with 10 to avoid. 

1. Best: Subaru Forester

View of red Subaru Forester, model year 017, driving down a city street at sunset

View of red Subaru Forester, model year 017, driving down a city street at sunset 2017 Subaru Forester | Subaru

Subaru’s lineup of affordable, reliable all-wheel drive cars has made it one of the hottest brands in America. And despite its high ride height and rugged, boxy looks, the hot-selling Forester is a great ride for shorter drivers. Thanks to its tall greenhouse and relatively thin pillars (for a modern car), it offers excellent visibility.

Worst: Porsche 718 Boxster

2017 Porsche 718 Boxter

2017 Porsche 718 Boxter 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster | Porsche

Unlike the Forester, Porsche’s entry-level roadster isn’t a great choice for shorter drivers. Thanks to its snug cockpit, flared fenders, and thick A-pillars, visibility is pretty poor for a convertible. And thanks to its cramped cockpit, it’s difficult to adjust the seats to a comfortable driving position.

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