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:
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?