Today I have a friend sharing her experience choosing a wheelchair accessible vehicle. This is such a big purchase I think it is valuable to hear another person’s experience if you are still in the throws of deciding. So, over to my friend for her thoughts.
When I bought my first wheelchair accessible car, I went the safe route. I bought the new vehicle already modified. While this car has been a relatively faithful friend (we won’t talk about the Ryde Bridge incident here), one of the things that has become evident over the years is that the modification was actually costlier than the vehicle. The car, a Renault Kangoo, is actually a cargo van rather than a passenger vehicle and as the years have gone on, the fact that it is a very basic car has become more apparent. It also is quite a unique looking car. There is nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it is nice to blend into the crowd and not be recognised everywhere you go, especially when wearing track pants.
This led us to the Honda Odyssey. It had a lot of headroom to spare and it had the flexibility to have a full row of seats with the wheelchair behind it, 2 seats and the wheelchair between it or even just a wheelchair if that’s what you wanted.
Nancy E says
Thanks for the information. I knew the Honda Odyssey had good reviews but never knew it would be a good fit for a wheelchair. I bet if Honda would promote this feature, they would get even more sales. I’ll make sure to keep this info. under my hat for future reference.
I’m pleased the information was useful. We also have a Honda Odyssey but it isn’t modified. It fits BJ’s manual chair in the boot well.