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10 Best And Worst Cars For Short Drivers - Subaru Forester Is Your Top Pick

Which vehicles are the best and worst for shorter drivers? According to a new study, the 2022 Subaru Forester and 2022 Outback score among the best SUVs. Check out the complete list here.

SUV shoppers who are shorter and smaller may have difficulty finding a car or especially an SUV that fits them best. Consumer Reports put together its picks of best and worst vehicles for short drivers. CR tests vehicles for seat comfort, driving position, access (how easy they are to get in and out of), and the driver’s seat’s view to find out which ones are better or worse for tall or short drivers. Check out the best and worst new models.

According to Consumer Reports, two Subaru SUVs are rated the best for shorter drivers. The 2022 Subaru Forester is ranked number one overall, and the Outback is one of the top five best new cars. On the list below, many are luxury models, but the Forester and Outback are affordable mainstream SUVs.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Outback
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The ten best cars for shorter drivers

The 2022 Subaru Forester is ranked the best, followed by the BMW 7 Series, Lexus ES, Volvo XC90, Subaru Outback, BMW X5, Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda Odyssey, BMW X3, and Lexus RX.

The ten worst cars for shorter drivers

The worst-rated cars are the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Jeep Wrangler. Chevrolet Camaro, Toyota Tacoma, Jeep Gladiator, Mitsubishi Mirage, Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, Jeep Renegade, Ford F-150, and Nissan Titan.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Outback

What sets Forester apart?

The 2022 Subaru Forester is a rare SUV that fits shorter and taller drivers. CR says the Forester is the top model in the compact SUV category. Forester comes with 8.7-inches of ground clearance and is also rated the best compact SUV for outward visibility. You can read the complete report here.

Mary Reed, business manager at Consumer Reports, is 5 foot 1-inches tall and says what she looks for in a car or SUV. “I adjust the seat for comfort before driving, sliding it forward as needed and moving the steering wheel. I then consider the visibility over the hood and to the rear, especially the corners. I then check access to ensure the ease of entry factors into my specific setup with everything adjusted. These things would be easy to overlook on a test drive.”

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Forester?

For the 2022 model change Forester comes in six trim levels; The base Forester starts at $26,320, Premium ($29,320), Sport ($30,890), Limited ($33,000), new Wilderness ($33,945), and Touring ($36,420). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,125).

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Outback
photo credit: North Fort Lauderdale Subaru

What sets Outback apart?

The 2022 Outback is a unique model that drives like a car but has the utility of an SUV. The Outback comes with 8.7-inches of ride height, making it easier for smaller drivers to see the road ahead.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Outback?

The 2022 Outback comes in eight trim levels; the base trim is priced from $27,845, Premium ($30,270), Limited ($34,720), Touring ($38,620), Onyx Edition XT ($36,270), new for 2022, Outback Wilderness ($38,120), Limited XT ($39,120), and Touring XT ($41,070). Pricing includes $1,125 destination and delivery fees.

Consumer Reports ranks the 2022 Subaru Forester the best SUV for shorter drivers, and the 2022 Outback is among the top five best new models.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Nancy Bernard (not verified)    January 19, 2022 - 10:25AM

The turbo charged Subaru is the worst carI have ever had. The bushings and control arm or shot at 10,000 miles and now at 40,000 miles I have to get them done again. They have replaced the air conditioner two times and it still doesn’t work. The list goes on and I have a case open with Subaru of America but they don’t do anything about it.
Subaru dealerships do not service cars on the weekends. Note there’s not a lot of Subaru dealer hours around so if you don’t like the one near you you have to drive a long way to get your car serviced. Parts are expensive.
They were great cars when they were simple but Subaru has done a poor job since cars have become more sophisticated with technology.