In a previous blog post, we discussed the U.S. obesity problem and the effect it has on gasoline consumption. Not only does extra weight in the car reduce fuel economy, larger people also tend to buy bigger vehicles that may compromise fuel efficiency. However, you don’t need to buy a gas-guzzling truck to get the best fit in a vehicle.
Recognizing the growing need, we have identified several good cars that are best for larger drivers. We found them to have easy access, a roomy driving position, decent visibility, and comfortable seats plus, a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel for extra room. (You have to upgrade to the premium-priced XT Limited model to get this feature in the Forester.) Also note that a new 2011 Honda Odyssey will hit dealerships in the fall.
|Make/model||Price||CR overall mpg|
|Subaru Forester XT Limited||$28,860||20|
The vehicles listed above are all Consumer Reports recommended models, which mean they meet Consumer Reports' stringent testing, reliability, and safety standards. As always, it’s important to test drive any vehicle you are considering before you buy to make sure it’s a good fit.