Nancy H.Catskill, N.Y.

Power-adjustable pedals are available on only a handful of larger sedans, including the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus, so your selection is limited among cars. Adjustable pedals are available on several larger SUVs, such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban; Ford Expedition, Explorer and Flex; Nissan Armada; and others. You also can get adjustable pedals on minivans such as the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan.

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You can generate your own list of vehicles that offer this feature with the Cars.com Vehicle Recommender.

The adjustable pedals on those models may give you a proper reach with your legs, but you will have to check them out yourself to see if they also allow you to sit a safe distance from the steering-wheel airbag (at least 10 inches), easily see in all directions and reach other controls. A steering column that telescopes as well as tilts and a driver's seat with a height adjustment also will help; any vehicle that offers power-adjustable pedals should have those features.

Depending on your size and the length of your arms and legs, none of those vehicles may be perfect for you. Another suggestion is to contact the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, which can help you find an aftermarket dealer that might be able to install pedal extenders in a vehicle that fits you in other ways.

Aftermarket installation of pedal extenders could allow you to buy a smaller car that is better suited to your needs than a larger one. We cannot recommend any brands, but because of safety concerns we suggest you get professional installation of any modification to the pedals.

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Answered by Rick Popely on April 5, 2013 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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