Steering Wheel Sadness

This a petty, First World Problems, grumbling kind of post. I’ve been looking at new SUVs and vans on the internet, fantasizing about the day when we might be able to afford to replace our 2003 Honda Element, and what I’m seeing with new steering wheel designs makes me very sad.

Last year I had occasion to drive a Hyundai Accent rental car, and that is when I first noticed The Problem. You see, I like to rest one of my hands at 6 o’clock on the steering wheel, but the Accent wouldn’t let me…it put some plastic in my hand’s way. Not only is it hard to break a 16 year driving habit, but I have shoulder problems and my shoulder hates me if I have to put my hands at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock on the wheel, which is what new designs appear to be trying to get us to do.

This may actually be a dealbreaker for me. So far I can pretty much disqualify all new models from Ford, Subaru, Kia, Mazda and Toyota:

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There are two brands that I am holding out hope for: Honda and Dodge. I can’t tell 100% from the photos, but it looks like there may possibly be enough space for my hand at 6 o’clock. Will have to see them in person.

Do you know of any cars that meet my steering wheel design preferences?

One thought on “Steering Wheel Sadness

  1. You are smart to notice this before buying anything new! I just had to trade in my 2013 Kia Soul lease for the 2016 model. Foolishly I didn’t notice this (along with several other unwelcome changes) when I test drove the new model, and now I’m stuck with it for 3 years. I agree, it’s a big problem for someone with shoulder problems. No more comfy long drives for me. 😦 I hope you have better luck.

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