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.
Posted Mar 4th by Mary Sue Thomas the owner of a Saturn Vue
Answers from the Automotive Experts
You can read the spec's on the Saturn Outlook and check the Saturn Vue as well here:
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):
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
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.
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!
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