People who use wheelchairs or have reduced mobility will be excited to know today’s market has made great strides in making vehicles more accessible. If your current car isn’t the most accessible out there, there are a number of companies manufacturing devices to help people with almost any physical disability get behind the wheel.
There’s nothing like that new car smell, and there's no good reason to stop you, especially with the great financing options and deals going on now. I hope you are ready to bring home your dream car, because the time to buy is now! Here’s a list of the top ten cars that can be easily modified to accommodate a driver with disabilities to make your decision a little easier.
1. Hyundai Sonata
It’s basic, but the Hyundai Sonata is one of the most low-stress midsized cars on the market today. With a focus on transportation first, this car boasts strong reliability ratings and an excellent warranty, so it’s super easy to own. With a low-ride height, it’s easy to access if mobility is a challenge, plus its supportive seats make it easy for drivers to find a comfortable position. The car also comes with features like an easy-to-use smart system, so you’ll be good to go whether it’s asking for directions or calling for assistance.
2. Scion xB
Don’t let this little commuter car fool you. Thanks to a very generous mobility program, the Scion xB can be outfitted with wheelchair/scooter lifts, power and manual swivel seats, hand controls, wheelchair restraints, and so much more.
3. Ford Mustang
Even with its sports-car reputation, the Ford Mustang makes the cut. This American classic can come with carriers, hand controls, lifts, power assisted seats, and steering devices. Ford also has a disability reimbursement program that maxes out at $1,000, similar to its competitors.
4. Subaru Forester
This car is the perfect vehicle to get you to where you want to go. Whether that destination is in the backcountry for some camping in the snow, out in the desert exploring, or somewhere in between, the Forester is the car for you. The Forester comes standard with an automatic transmission, All-Wheel-Drive, and well-known reliability. Every Subaru models can be modified from the factory to include added accessibility features like hand and foot control, pedal extensions, and more.
5. Jeep Grand Cherokee
When you need a little extra off-road power, the Jeep Grand Cherokee makes an excellent choice thanks to Chrysler Group’s Automobility Program. With this, your jeep can be outfitted with modifications such as lifts, running boards, power seats, and various tie-downs for things like wheelchairs. Plus, any conversions made automatically qualifies the owner for a maximum reimbursement of $1,000.
6. Chevrolet Silverado
With its wheelchair lift and hinged doors, the Chevrolet Silverado is the perfect vehicle if you have rugged taste. Built big and sturdy, this truck is there for you when you need to get stuff done. General Motors also offers a Mobility Reimbursement Program to make travel and car adaptation easier for people with special needs. Anyone who purchases or leases this car will be eligible for a $1,000 reimbursement, plus two years of OnStar Protection.
7. Kia Soul
This is a car that’s not afraid to stand out. With it’s boxy, upright design, the Kia Soul is equal parts sporty-chic and practical. Despite its compact appearance, there’s actually a lot of space inside the vehicle because of its high height. Plus, its low floors and big doors make it super easy to enter and exit. In addition to the extra space inside the car, it also has one of the lowest starting rate prices in its class (meaning a little extra space in your wallet, too).
8. Honda Odyssey
Decent fuel economy, solid safety scores, and car-like handling all make the Honda Odyssey one of the best minivans on the market for drivers with disabilities. A great alternative to SUVs, this car has plenty of space and is comfortable to get in and out of. The floors are low, the doors are big, plus they slide, offering extra ease of entry. And if it couldn’t get any better, the Odyssey has proven to be easy to modify for various mobility needs, such as the BraunAbility Entervan which installs “Step & Roll” front seats that allow a wheelchair to replace the front or driver seat if need be.
If there were only going to be one car on this list, it would be the MV-1. As the world’s first purpose-built accessible vehicle, everything about this vehicle is designed to service the handicapped community. From a super-sized interior power ramp that deploys at two different aspect ratios, safety lights, and more, you really can’t go wrong.
10. VMI Honda Pilot Northstar E
As the newest and largest handicap accessible SUV on the market, the VMI Honda Pilot Northstar E offers everything one in a wheelchair would need. Its unobstructed door is an astonishing 32 inches that allow for an easy (and safe) entry and exit of large wheelchairs. The ramp also easily and conveniently stows and deploys from underneath the floor, adding extra space for even the tallest seated wheelchair uses. The front seats are also removable, so you can accommodate multiple seating arrangements. Plus, as an added option, this car is available with a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs, which furthers the capabilities of owning an SUV.
Purchasing any one of these 10 vehicles would be a great decision for anyone struggling with mobility. They are all spacious, comfortable, reliable, and many of them come with reimbursements from the manufacturers, making them all a good choice. Head down to your local dealership and treat yourself to a test drive and maybe even a new car.