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Click & Clack Talk Cars “The Tappet Brothers’’ By Ray Magliozzi Try These cars on for size BY RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Car Talk: exact seat height of your current My ‘06 Scion xA has 87,000 Scion, we know the car’s overall miles on it, and I’m thinking of height is 60.2 inches -- unless, like you, Lynne, the Scion’s updating. getting shorter as it gets older. I love my Scion because I sit Here are a few cars with up higher than in a sedan (I’m similar heights that we like: 79 so I’m getting shorter), and I The Hyundai Kona is 61 can see who’s out to get me on inches tall, about an inch taller the road. than your Scion. We drove it Any hatchback out there recently and really liked it. these days that’s not an SUV but Kia makes an unusual car will let me see better? Thanks called the Soul, which is a bit for your help. -- Lynne boxier than your Scion, and a Plenty of them, Lynne. You’re couple of inches taller. But it has in luck. Over the past decade, very good visibility and a lot of the rest of the car buying public room inside. has caught up with you. If you ever drive in the snow, A lot of people now prefer to sit and want all-wheel drive, we up a little higher when they drive. like the Subaru Crosstrek, which Why? Well, as you say, it’s easier is 63.6 inches tall. That’s a few to see over the car in front of you. inches taller than your Scion, so That advantage will diminish as you’ll have to make sure it’s easy more sedans are replaced by tall to get into and out of, but it’s very hatchbacks and crossovers. But comfortable for a small car. hopefully you’ll have a few good And if you want to impress all years of visibility before you get the kids, you can go electric with overtaken. the Chevy Bolt, a battery-powered The second reason people hatchback that’s 62.8 inches tall. prefer to be a little higher is You’d plug it in at night, and you because it’s easier to get in and can go 250 miles before having to out of the car. We’re not talking recharge it. And you’ll never have about the huge SUVs, where you to set foot in a gas station again, have to get a running start to Lynne. Unless you need some clamber up into the driver’s seat. Gatorade and a bag of Bugles. But cars that are a little higher off There are others, but that the ground put the seat bottom should give you a good start. Let closer to human hip level. That us know what you end up with. means you don’t have to “fall” *** into the car, or “climb” out of it. So, you have a lot of choices these days. You’ll have to go out and sit in some new cars, and decide which fit you well, and which you’re comfortable driving. But we’ll give you a few suggestions to get you started. Got a question about cars? Write to Ray in care of King Features, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or email by visiting the Car Talk website at www.cartalk.com. *** (c) 2019 by Ray Magliozzi and We’re going to assume that you want a basic hatchback, Doug Berman like the Scion. Nothing fancy. Distributed by King Features And while we don’t know the Syndicate, Inc.