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By Ray Magliozzi

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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
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
heights that we like:
79 so I’m getting shorter), and I
Hyundai Kona is 61
can see who’s out to get me on
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
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
kids, you can go electric with
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
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(c) 2019 by Ray Magliozzi and
We’re going to assume that
you want a basic hatchback, Doug Berman
like the Scion. Nothing fancy.
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