If you’re slight in stature, but need the extra carrying capacity and/or towing ability of a full-size SUV, adjustable pedals are a feature you’ll particularly appreciate. Similarly, if you share a vehicle with another driver whose height is considerably different from yours, these 10 SUVs with adjustable pedals will likely be the solution the two of you need. In addition to adjustable pedals, you’ll find they offer a wealth of other features capable of making these large vehicles more manageable for those with a shorter build.
10 SUVs With Adjustable Pedals
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Arguably the most luxurious of the domestic sport utility vehicles, the Cadillac Escalade offers adjustable pedals as part of its roster of standard features. The Escalade’s memory function immediately recalls the position of the pedals, driver’s seat, and steering wheel if a second driver uses the Cadillac. Another attribute of the Escalade likely to appeal to drivers looking for an adjustable pedal set is power retractable running boards. These make climbing in and out of the full-size SUV a less daunting task. The Escalade’s available head-up display is adjustable for height, enabling shorter drivers to keep track of speed, navigation instructions, and other key information, while also keeping an eye on the road ahead. Additionally, Escalade’s power liftgate frees shorter people of the need to stretch to pull it closed.
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To get adjustable pedals on the base model LS version of the Chevrolet Suburban SUV, opt for the Driver Alert package. All of the rest of the Suburban trim packages include them as standard equipment. Other features of the Chevrolet Suburban catering to drivers with shorter legs include a power liftgate, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power adjustable seats, switches inside the cargo compartment for the power folding second- and third-row seats, power-retractable running boards, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Front and rear proximity sensors make it easier for shorter drivers to park. Meanwhile, the head-up display allows adjustment of the seat and steering wheel as needed while also ensuring ready access to speed, navigation, and other key information without forcing shorter drivers to take their attention from the road.
Another Chevrolet model among the 10 SUVs with adjustable pedals is the Tahoe. Like its Suburban sibling, the Chevrolet Tahoe offers the feature across the board. With that said, it should be noted the base model Tahoe LS must be ordered with the Enhanced Driver Alert package to get the movable pedals. This also adds automatic high beams, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and GM’s vibrating safety seat alert system. While Tahoe offers adjustable pedals and a power rear liftgate to make life easier for shorter drivers, the fold-flat third-row seat has raised the level of the cargo floor, so loading gear in the storage hold will be somewhat challenging for people of less than average height. On the other hand, Tahoe does come standard with side assist steps to make accessing the passenger compartment less taxing for the petite.
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The people at Dodge are fond of saying their Durango SUV is "right-sized." Too small to be considered a full-size SUV, but a bit too large to be properly considered mid-sized, the Durango nicely fills the space in between. One of the 10 SUVs with adjustable pedals, this makes it particularly appealing to shorter drivers. Other available features of the Durango likely to charm drivers more petite in stature are power adjustable seats and an electrically actuated tilt and telescoping steering column. Durango also offers a power rear liftgate, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and proximity sensors. When the Dodge is configured in R/T trim, the Durango comes with a sport-tuned suspension system, which lowers its ride height. In addition to better handling, this affords slightly easier access. For those who appreciate added agility, it’s a win-win.
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Roundly lauded as one of the best of the breed when it comes to full-size SUVs, the Ford Expedition offers adjustable pedals as standard equipment across the board. Other standard features of note for shorter drivers include rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and running boards. Like its competitors in the category, the Expedition is fitted with a number of optional features to make it more compatible with petite drivers. Among such add-ons are a power liftgate and a power tilt and telescoping steering column. If the Expedition is ordered in Limited trim, it picks up the option of adding power-actuated retractable running boards. Go with the Platinum or the King Ranch, and Ford will include blind spot monitoring. Adjustable pedals can also be had as an option on the lower-priced Expedition trims.
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Newly refreshed for the 2016 model year, the Ford Explorer is among the most contemporary products on this list of 10 SUVs with adjustable pedals. To get adjustable pedals, one must go pretty high in the Explorer hierarchy, though; all the way to the Limited trim package. However, doing so also garners a hands-free power liftgate, driver memory settings, and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Another of Explorer’s optional features likely to be of interest to shorter drivers is automatic parallel and perpendicular parking. This comes bundled in a package with blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and rear cross traffic alert. Explorer Sport offers a front view camera to make maneuvering in tight quarters easier for drivers who might have trouble gauging the positioning of the front of the SUV because of their height.
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If ever an automobile were aptly named, the Ford Flex most assuredly qualifies. Easily one of the two most versatile models on this list of SUVs with adjustable pedals, the Flex is a sport utility vehicle that thinks it’s a car. Or is it a car that thinks it’s a sport utility? Actually, it could also well be a minivan with ties to neither of the above. Regardless, the model appeals to shorter drivers with adjustable pedals, a low step-in height, an elevated seating position, and a power rear liftgate. The cargo area is easy to load for the more diminutive of stature, as one needn’t lift items very high to slip them into the Ford. Adjustable pedals are optional for SEL trimmed Flex models, or they can be had as standard equipment with Flex Limited. Either way, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are included. Ordering Flex Limited also offers the choice of automated parallel parking.
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Let’s say you need to tow something weighing 8,500 pounds, but you also need a set of adjustable pedals to tailor a vehicle capable of doing so more toward your stature. The old-school body-on-frame GMC Yukon will likely fill the bill. While adjustable pedals are part of the Convenience option package for the base SLE trimmed Yukon, they are standard with Yukon SLT or better. Another feature of the Convenience package beneficial to more petite drivers is the Yukon’s power liftgate, which is also standard on SLT trimmed Yukon models and above. Additional features of note for shorter drivers include rear cross traffic alert, a hands-free power liftgate, driver memory functions, and a power-operated tilt and telescoping steering column. Yukon is offered with automatically retractable running boards as well, though one must spring for the fully loaded Denali to get them. The good news is they come bundled with a head-up display.
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In the context of a list of 10 SUVs with adjustable pedals, the Lincoln MKT may be best thought of as a more luxurious version of the Ford Flex we covered previously. Thus, where adjustable pedals are offered on the upper trim levels of the Flex, they’re standard equipment on the Lincoln. Other appealing standard features include driver memory settings, power adjustable front seats, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, and a power tilt and telescoping steering column. Like Flex, the MKT’s car-like ride height means entry and exit are exceptionally easy. It also makes loading and unloading cargo more straightforward for shorter people. The MKT EcoBoost model is offered with an Elite package, which garners power folding for the third-row seats, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. If the Elite package is ordered, the Technology package can be added to pick up lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic parallel parking.
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The first American luxury sport utility vehicle remains quite the formidable offering. Among SUVs with adjustable pedals, it is one of but a few listing them as standard equipment. Other features calculated to make the Navigator friendlier to shorter drivers include front and rear parking sensor arrays, automatic retractable running boards, a power liftgate, a tilt and telescoping steering column, and a power folding third row bench seat. All of these are included in the base price. Also on the Navigator’s no-extra-cost list are a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Lincoln Navigator is exceptionally welcoming of petite drivers, without forcing them to order of a plethora of options to drive comfortably.