Which midsize car or SUV has easy access and higher ground clearance?

Can you recommend a midsize car or SUV with easy access for a shorter person to get in and out, power seats for shorter leg adjustment, yet a little higher clearance for traveling gravel/snow country roads and some highway, good gas mileage, quiet, $25,000 to $35,000 range?

Jode, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

You should check out a few offerings from Subaru for light-duty off-road and snow use: the 2010 Legacy sedan and 2010 Outback wagon. The Outback may be a stretch if you need easy entry because of its high ground clearance, so that’s why we’d also suggest test-driving the Legacy.


The Legacy has all-wheel drive standard and will work well in gravel and snowy country roads. Being a sedan, ease of entry and exit isn’t as much of an issue. Of the Legacy trim levels, you get power seats for $20,995 on the four-cylinder 2.5 Premium trim, not including a $695 destination charge. With automatic transmission, a $1,000 option, you’re still well within your budget.

Automatic-equipped models of the Legacy and Outback are rated with higher gas mileage than their manual counterparts. The Legacy with automatic is 23/31 mpg city/highway, and the Outback is 22/29 mpg.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on August 6, 2010 in Subaru , Subaru Legacy , Subaru Outback | Permalink

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