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Best cars for short people: headrest issue

Short drivers face many challenges when shopping for a car and many great articles are written on the subject.


When it comes to seat comfort, however, short persons  are disproportionately disadvantaged from vehicle design specifications for headrests.  As discussed in an earlier blog, 16% of the population experience discomfort from headrest angles that push their head too far forward.

This 16% of the population  is comprised predominantly of persons of short stature, and also those of any height with straighter posture than average.   

Car seat discomfort due to headrest angles are  particularly problematic for:

  • shorter individuals
  • hence, women
  • and anyone with straighter posture

Best cars for short people

Best cars for this category of people, are those with adjustable tilt headrest if headrest comfort is an issue.  However, even adjustable tilt headrest sometimes do not have the degree of adjustment required for ergonomic seating.

If the car you like doesn't have this adjustable tilt headrest, or the adjustability range isn't sufficient, then Giraffe Cushion can solve the problem since its engineered design makes it act like a headrest-tilt adjustment.

Finding a car that fits you well is important for both comfort and safety. Here are some of the best cars for short drivers in 2024:

  • Honda Fit:This subcompact hatchback is known for its spacious interior relative to its exterior size. It offers ample headroom and legroom for shorter drivers, and the seats adjust to a high enough position for good visibility.
  • Honda HR-V:Another Honda on the list, the  HR-V is a subcompact SUV that provides a good driving position for shorter people. The seats offer height adjustment, and the large windows offer good outward visibility.
  • Subaru Forester:This compact SUV is a favorite for its combination of safety, comfort, and value. The Forester has a height-adjustable seat and a large cabin that provides ample headroom and legroom for short drivers.
  • Hyundai Kona Electric:This subcompact electric SUV offers a comfortable and adjustable driving position for shorter drivers. The Kona Electric has a spacious interior and plenty of cargo space.
  • Kia Soul:The Kia Soul is a boxy hatchback that provides a commanding view of the road for shorter drivers. The seats offer good adjustability, and the tall roof provides ample headroom.

These are just a few of the many cars that can be a good fit for short drivers. When shopping for a car, it's important to test drive several models to find one that is comfortable and offers good outward visibility. Here are some additional tips for short drivers when shopping for a car:


Look for cars with height-adjustable seats.
Pay attention to the seat cushion length. You want a seat that provides enough support for your thighs.

Make sure you can easily reach the pedals and steering wheel.
Check the outward visibility from the driver's seat. You should be able to see all around the car without difficulty.

Our back cushion, can open up many options for shorter individuals shopping for a vehicle.

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