When looking for wheelchair friendly cars, there are a few key features you’re going to want to have on your checklist. In this post we’ll provide you with a basic overview of what makes a car wheelchair friendly, as well as suggest a few models that are known for their accessibility.
Your Checklist for Wheelchair Friendly Cars
If you want the best possible driving experience, look for these features which make vehicles more accessible:
- Keyless ignition systems
- Automatic transmission
- User-friendly console, preferably with touch screen controls
- Automatic locks and windows
- Automatically controlled seats
- Adjustable pedals
- Keyless entry
- Remote starter
In addition to these basic features, it’s also important to consider the cabin height of the vehicle. The individual in the wheelchair needs to have enough headroom to be able to comfortably enter and exit the vehicle.
If the wheelchair is going to be used while driving then the vehicle needs to come with removable front seats. You also need to consider whether there are enough tie-down points to keep the wheelchair upright while the vehicle is in motion. With these considerations in mind, let’s go over some of the wheelchair friendly cars on the market today.
The Honda Odyssey is one of the most recommended vehicles for wheelchair-bound individuals because it can be easily modified to meet the accessibility needs of almost anyone. Not to mention it’s reliable and affordable for most people’s’ budgets. The VMI Summit edition Odyssey even comes standard with a foldout ramp.
The Silverado’s unique hinge doors and wheelchair lift capabilities make it an attractive wheelchair-friendly option. Another reason why the Silverado comes highly recommended is because of GM’s Mobility Reimbursement Program, which will reimburse up to $1,000 for any mobility equipment installed on the vehicle.
For those looking for a little more speed and power under the hood, the Mustang is an unexpected contender for one of the most wheelchair friendly cars available. With features like hand controls, lifts, parking brakes, and steering devices the Mustang meets a lot of the requirements of our checklist. Like GM, Ford also has a reimbursement program for up to $1,000 on any mobility equipment installed on the vehicle.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Looking for something for extended road trips? Then don’t rule out the Grand Cherokee built by a company who has demonstrated it has a vested interest in the accessibility market. This is made clear through the Grand Cherokee’s ability to be outfitted with almost anything you could need. Whether it’s lifts, running boards, removable seats, tie downs, and so on; nothing is out of the question.
No matter which of these wheelchair-friendly cars you decide to go with, pay careful attention to the terms of their reimbursement program. Every manufacturer is different. With some you’re eligible for a rebate for up to a year, with others it’s only 6 months. To get a quote on our equipment which is compatible with accessible vehicles, contact us for a free quote today.