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I am looking for an SUV that will accommodate two specific situations for my husband who is in a wheelchair. First, the rear storage should be at least 36" high in order to store his wheelchair in an upright position. Second, the vehicle should be lower than most SUV*s, as low as possible, for ease of transferring my husband from the wheelchair into the passenger seat. I*ve been looking on the internet and it seems that the Saturn Outlook has been suggested as a *crossover* that is built lower to the ground that most other SUV*s. Do you have any specifics on this? Thanks, very much.

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com You can read the spec's on the Saturn Outlook and check the Saturn Vue as well here: http://www.saturn.com You may have to go measure to get the exact height of the storage compartment at your local Saturn dealership or call and ask for the exact measurement. I have a son who has a quickie wheel chair it fold nicely into our Dodge Magnum and it is low to the ground to allow for easy transfers. The Chrysler is also another vehicle worth a look , the rear storage are with the seats down is a poplular vehicle for those with upright wheelchairs. Outlook spec's from the Saturn Site: Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 40.4, rear headroom (inches): 39.3, front hip room (inches): 57.8, rear hip room (inches): 57.9, front leg room (inches): 41.3, rear leg room (inches): 36.9, front shoulder room (inches): 61.9 and rear shoulder room (inches): 61.1 External dimensions: overall length (inches): 200.7, overall width (inches): 78.2, overall height (inches): 69.9, ground clearance (inches): 7.4, wheelbase (inches): 118.9, front track (inches): 67.1, rear track (inches): 67.1 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 40.4 Check these out too: 2007 Mazda CX7, has a lower wheelbase Scion xB This box-on-wheels is the ultimate in small-car space efficiency. Fold the rear seats and it'll haul as much cargo as many small SUVs. It's easy to drive, parks anywhere, and uses fuel like aftershave (just a little bit goes a long way). The Scion xB is built by Toyota, which means that if you follow through on routine maintenance, it'll outlive you. It's even available in a wheelchair-accessible version. http://cars.about.com/od/scion/a/ag_xbrampvan.htm The Honda Element is another vehicle that you might want to take a look at for both great storage capapcity and a low wheelbase. Hope this helps! Jody DeVere President - AskPatty.com, Inc.

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