Today's Rant: 2012 Jeep Patriot seating position

Today's Rant: 2012 Jeep Patriot seating position

I'm short. I get it. But I have to admit, I'm thoroughly annoyed with a vehicle that completely ignores the fifth percentile female. Granted we're on the small side of the average (pun intended),  but we exist. And, frankly, we're likely to be the ones who are going to buy a compact SUV  like the 2012 Jeep Patriot.

So, why must the steering column come down so low? When the driver's seat is raised up and pushed far forward, I find my knees are wedged between the seat and hard plastic. Thus I find myself sitting awkwardly with knees akimbo.  But any movement of my right knee -- whether it's from gas to brake or while entering/exiting the vehicle -- finds me fighting with the lump of hard plastic, and I have the bruises to prove it.

I don't know why I don't have this problem in other vehicles, but it's a curious state of being that I've specifically noted in Jeep vehicles particularly but also in Chrysler Group vehicles generally.

Perhaps adjustable pedals would be in order here?


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  • I guess the Patriot still looks a little more butched up than a Compass (which gave up its station wagon front), but I don't see why Chrysler is making both.

    It sounds like it needs an adjustable steering column. And, maybe it can have some sort of union with its now Italian relatives, which reportedly have a relationship between the seat and the steering wheel that only people with LeBron James's reach can handle. Of course, he had a Hummer.

  • In reply to jack:

    yeah, the tough thing is that while the wheel is adjustable, that bottom bump is static. hoping sincerely that my italian peeps get this sorted out asap. :)

  • I rented one of these. Because I'm 5'7" but sit like I'm 6 feet I found myself switching between holding the wheel at 3 and 9 o'clock (like Drivers Ed. says your supposed to) and holding the bottom of the wheel with one hand. Wife hated it.

    Later, I ended up buying a Honda Pilot.

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