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What do you drive?

old carA visitor to this site wrote to inquire about whether I knew of any vehicles that had better leg room for lipedema patients. She’s currently driving an older Dodge Grand Caravan but finds that even the newer Grand Caravans have issues — there are pockets and suchlike built into the bottoms of the doors that decrease the room available to her legs once the doors are shut.

Men, of course, are usually the ones who complain about leg room. If we were pro basketball players, we’d have the option of having our cars custom re-engineered to fit our frames. However, our particular bodies need leg spaces that allow for width as well as length. I know that in addition to having wide legs, I also have a substantial behind that pushes my hips forward on the seat, meaning I need to push the seat all the way back before I get in.

This article (http://www NULL.usatoday NULL.com/money/autos/2004-01-14-tootall_x NULL.htm) suggests that auto makers are actually putting LESS leg room into larger vehicles, instead focusing on room for passengers and cargo. So a lipedema patient might consider test-driving compact cars. Indeed, my own experience bears this out — I have driven a Toyota Prius for seven years now, and have never had any trouble with leg room.

What are you driving? Is it working for you?

3 Comments

  1. Jann

    I did a lot of research before buying my Car because my Legs are huge from the Knee down. I have a Nissan Versa and it has more Leg room then larger Cars. My Legs never feel crowded even when they are more swollen.

    Posted on 14-Aug-11 at 3:28 am | Permalink
  2. Diane J Standiford (http://dj-astellarlife NULL.blogspot NULL.com/)

    That is one bitchin’ car!!

    Posted on 27-Aug-11 at 7:38 pm | Permalink
  3. Alison

    I have lipedema from the hips down and am also a registered nurse. I have beendriving a Toyota Spacio for the past 7 years and find it great for leg space.

    Posted on 13-Mar-12 at 8:33 am | Permalink