Handicap Vehicles:How Large Should They Be?

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to handicap vehicle size, and plenty of wheelchair users would prefer the added maneuverability, lower running costs, and lower starting price of a sedan or hatchback.

However, a wheelchair-accessible vehicle needs to fit both the wheelchair and any supplementary equipment, and the vehicle’s body must be strong enough to handle the added weight. That’s why the following vehicle classes are ideal for accessibility:

  • Vans
  • SUVs
  • Trucks

Wheelchair Vans

You can buy a converted van to take a wheelchair and all the associated equipment, but it’s often easier to convert an existing minivan. There are plenty on the market that can be easily adapted for wheelchair accessibility, including:

What makes vans so popular? Their advantages include:

  • High ceilings and low floors to provide plenty of headroom
  • Large opening and rear liftgate for multiple entry points
  • Huge amount of cabin space
  • Electric sliding doors for convenient entry and exit
2015 Toyota SIenna Red

Wheelchair SUVs

While minivans are the most popular choice for wheelchair users, SUVs like the Kia Sorento are catching up. They’re growing more popular in every sense, and their openings, though not as large as those of a minivan, provide plenty of room for fitting ramps and lifts.

SUVs aren’t quite as convenient as minivans since their cabins are raised high from the ground and cabin space isn’t usually as abundant. That said, the driver’s seat can be removed easily, so SUVs often work well for those who want a little more power and enhanced performance.

Wheelchair Trucks

Not as commonly seen, wheelchair trucks still have their advantages. Of course, you’ll need to pick up one of the more expensive pickups with large cabs. When you do, you’ll find there’s more than enough space for conversions, and trucks are so well-built that balance isn’t such an issue.

2017 Kia Sorento Parked

Find Out More About Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles by Contacting Freedom Motors

At Freedom Motors, we understand wheelchair accessible vehicles better than anyone. For more tips on buying accessible vehicles or to find out more about our inventory, simply contact us today.

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