3-inch heels and clutches (and we're not talking about a purse)

Before I even begin, I'm going to offer a hint: Men, if you're looking for a manly, gear-head article about the Hyundai Accent, you can stop reading now. Ladies, this one is for you.

I was recently driving the 3-door Accent, which I love, by the way, when I discovered a curious problem: It's difficult to comfortably drive the vehicle with a manual transmission while wearing 3-inch heels. The problem, you see, is that the size of my high heels and the angle of the clutch pedal combined to create a very awkward foot position when trying to push the clutch all the way in.

Leave it to a man. I mean, unless you're Prince, most men aren't going to traipse around in high-heeled shoes.

Lest you think this is a singular phenomenon with the Hyundai Accent, let me give you my other top female-centric pet peeves in cars.

1) If you are wearing knee boots, the piping around the edge of the seats in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class catches the top of the boot when you are moving your foot from the gas to the brake.

2) Chrysler vehicles (including Jeep & Dodge) are NOT made for petite women. If you push your seat in the far-forward position, you end up trapping your legs between the seat and the underbelly of the dash.

3) The dead pedal in the Mazda RX-8 has just enough of a gap between the bottom of the pedal and the floor of the car that I manged to get a spiked high heel caught in the gap. Not pretty when you're trying to downshift.

4) Large SUVs in general (but the Hummer H2, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, Toyota Sequoia and Infiniti QX56) are very unfriendly to the pencil skirt. Even with running boards. I've had many an embarrassing moment pulling my skirt almost up to my panties trying to hike my way into the car.

5) The manual top on the Saturn Sky and the Pontiac Solstice are so freaking difficult, it's no wonder that both cars (and their parent brands) are going to be extinct. There are some very incriminating photos of me out there standing on the trunk of a Sky trying to attach the top. I personally didn't have enough "torque" to deal with these tops easily as well. Such a shame as both of these cars are among the most stunning vehicles for the money on the road. In a complete juxtaposition, the manual top on the Mazda MX-5 is super easy and can almost be done with one hand while sitting in the driver's seat.

Those are my top 5 auto pet peeves. What are yours?


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  • I really can't compete with any of this, but I've noticed my 9 year old Ford Ranger was always very difficult to drive (stick shift) with snowboard boots on. and the leather seats in my 2008 Ford SUV are very slippery. I figured this would apply to your pencil.

    my main complaint in my vehicle is not enough cupholders. 2 in the front seat is fine for the driver, but when you have a passenger and haven't had time to throw out those two empty Starbucks cups and you're in a hurry to put your soda or water somewhere, it's a bummer. door cupholders aren't much help in a pinch since the cups don't always fit, or are left at a weird angle. it also has 2 rear seat cupholders hidden in the armrest in the middle which are fine if there is no middle passenger, otherwise you get zero place for cups back there.

  • In reply to brianguy:

    very slippery with nice slacks on, that is.

  • In reply to brianguy:

    so the other pet peeve to consider with cup holders: size matters! some cup holders are too big and your hot coffee slips out when you turn a corner, some are too small and your hot coffee doesn't fit and slips out when you turn a corner ... you'd think i'd learn after the first incident. deep cup holders with retractable grippy things are key.

  • In reply to brianguy:

    yep I agree with that. I posted something similar on your 'cupholder' thread.

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