Amanda Stewart is a freelance writer with a passion for helping others. She states her "goal is to help those who face both average and extraordinary obstacles." Amanda has compiled a list of vehicles she feels may be the most suitable for people with disabilities.
Deciding what your next vehicle will be and ultimately making the purchase are huge decisions. There are many, many options out there, and for those who aren’t car people, all of the different makes and models can become a bit overwhelming. There are plenty of factors to consider—price, size, amount of seating, gas mileage, capabilities for your environment, and more.
For people who live with chronic pain, chronic illness, and disabilities, some of these factors carry even more weight—and more often than not, additional necessary accommodations must be taken into account. A daily driver that meets your needs can be tough to find, so here’s a list of ten vehicles that have the versatility required to meet your needs.
The Chevy Silverado is a great all-purpose vehicle for those who are looking for something on the more robust, utilitarian side of things. Silverados can be equipped with ramps, hinged doors, and other features while offering plenty of room. It stands taller than a sedan or most SUVs, so getting in and out of it is a bit easier for some than in smaller cars.
Another plus side to the Silverado is that Chevrolet is owned by General Motors, and GM has a mobility compensation program. This program offers reimbursement of up to $1,000 to go towards the cost of adapting eligible GM vehicles to meet the needs of drivers with disabilities.
The Odyssey, like many Hondas, boasts a combination of a luxurious look and feel, affordability, competitive fuel economy for its class (T-2nd at 19/28 MPG city/hwy), and can be easily modified for accessibility. The large sliding doors and low doors allow for easy entry and exit, and there’s plenty of storage in this minivan. It can accommodate a range of mobility needs, and can even be modified so a wheelchair can sit where the driver’s seat would be.
VMI Honda Pilot
Vantage Mobility International is a company devoted to producing vehicles that meet special needs. The VMI Honda Pilot features an in-floor side ramp, and a removable front passenger seat that can be replaced with a wheelchair. The Pilot has a sleek interior with plenty of room for storage, including third-row seating that can be folded down.
VMI Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan from VMI takes convenience, comfort, and versatility to the next level. This spacious minivan features include options for both power and manual in-floor ramps, as well as a power foldout ramp. Both front seats are removable, and 2 of the models include lowering suspension for easier entry. These vehicles also include a rear backup camera and park assist.
The Chevy Tahoe is a solid all-purpose vehicle with great features and a nice aesthetic appeal. It has plenty of space with folding third-row seating, and can be fitted with a number of accommodations to meet your needs. It provides the benefits of a vehicle with more power such as towing capabilities and a smoother drive at highway speeds. The Tahoe is eligible for GM’s mobility compensation program.
The Ford Explorer is a popular SUV that’s loved for its comfortable, spacious interior and modern body style. The Explorer can be retrofitted with a retractable ramp, and either one of the front seats can be removed to allow space for a wheelchair. Like the Chevy models, a plus side to the Explorer (and other eligible Ford models) is that Ford has a mobility program that offers up to $1,000 in financial assistance toward the cost of adding adaptive equipment to their new vehicles.
The Subaru Forester gets the best of both worlds. It’s a sporty, AWD vehicle that can handle tough terrain, but it’s compact enough for a competitive 33 MPG on the highway—not to mention a myriad of tech features. Like some of the other vehicle makers above, Subaru helps people with special vehicle requirements with a reimbursement of up to $1,000 from the Subaru Mobility Assist Program.
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