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I am a 5'3" fluffy short-waisted woman who wants a 4 wheel drive vehicle that fits me. My Chevy trailblazer fits 6'2" husband beautifully, but... I need more lumbar support, a seat belt system that does not cut off my carotid artery circulation, a head rest that allows me to get my chin off my chest, a seat system that adjusts more upright, a tilt steering wheel that allows me to see the gauges and speedometer, a door handle that I can reach and close without nearly falling out of the vehicle. I do not require a lot of whistles and bells. I want a fair amount of space for my craft faire displays and merchandise. I can afford what I want if I love it. I would prefer not to have to try each and every dealer and vehicle on for size. Any suggestions? Growing taller is not an option at this point. Thanks, Carol

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Carol, Truthfully, the best thing to do is sit in the vehicles you are interested in and take them for a test drive. It may sound tedious, but that time spent is better than buying a vehicle and living with an uncomfortable setup. Some of the smaller SUVs might be a good choice: Toyota RAV4 or Highlander http://www.epinions.com/content_217443176068 http://www.forbesautos.com/reviews/2006/toyota/highlander/hybrid/testdrive.html Honda CR-V or Pilot http://www.epinions.com/content_261631020676 http://suvs.about.com/od/honda/fr/ch_07HondaPilot.htm Mazda Cx-7 http://www.automotive.com/2007/12/mazda/cx-7/reviews/index.html The new Hyundai Veracruz http://www.edmunds.com/hyundai/veracruz/2008/review.html Ford Escape http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/2007-ford-escape.htm Really spending the time to sit in and adjust the seats in the vehicles will be the best way to decide what is best. Go for a vehicle that has an adjustible seat pan, which can help you adjust the seat height better without making you feel like you are crammed against the steering wheel. Good luck!

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