There are people that need wheelchair-accessible vehicles as their main source of transportation. Also, for many reasons, there are people that need wheelchairs but being able to drive is a necessity. But because we live in an area where driving is a crucial part of life, it can be hard to maintain the means of transportation while having room for a wheelchair. I did some research and found that almost all SUV’s, minivans, and trucks could fit a wheelchair in the trunk or hatchback area, but not all cars could do that.
I wanted to show some great options for cars that can fit a wheelchair in their trunk so people in need of one can maintain their lifestyles and continue to enjoy the way of transportation they choose. If you are looking to purchase a new car, keep in mind that not all wheelchairs are the same size. Check with the manufacturer or dealer to be sure before you make your purchase.
Here are 9 cars that have large trunks and can fit a wheelchair in the trunk.
- Honda Accord
- Ford Fusion
- Kia Optima
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Nissan Altima
- Hyundai Sonata
- Volkswagon Passat
- Chrysler 300
- Chevrolet Impala
What is the average wheelchair size?
Wheelchairs are available in different sizes but the average adult size wheelchair is 42 inches long and 26 inches wide.
|Honda Accord||16.7 cubic feet|
|Ford Fusion||16 cubic feet|
|Kia Optima||15.9 cubic feet|
|Chevrolet Malibu||15.8 cubic feet|
|Nissan Altima||15.4 cubic feet|
|Hyundai Sonata||16.3 cubic feet|
|Volkswagon Passat||15.9 cubic feet|
|Chrysler 300||16.3 cubic feet|
|Chevrolet Impala||18.8 cubic feet|
#1. Honda Accord
The Honda Accord’s roomy trunk is perfect for storing a wheelchair. With a trunk space of 16.7 cubic feet, you should have plenty of space. The trunk opening space measures 39.7 inches, 54.9 inches floor width, and 40.6 inches deep. You can also fold the rear seats down for extra space.
#2. Ford Fusion
The fusion has one of the best trunks in its class with a trunk space of 16 cubic feet. The Fusion’s large trunk is easily accessed via an automatic power hatch with hands-free open/close operation which is convenient and easy to use. It also has a 60/40 split fold down rear seat which will give you more room.
#3. Kia Optima
For a midsize car, the Kia Optima has plenty of trunk space measuring 15.9 cubic feet. This car is known for having one of the most spacious trunks in it’s class. A nice feature on this vehicle is the trunk has smart trunk. This means that your trunk will open automatically when you stand behind it as long as you have your smart key on you.
#4. Chevrolet Malibu
The Malibu has an average trunk size for vehicles in it’s class measuring 15.8 cubic feet. This is suitable for storing an average sized wheelchair with room to spare. The Malibu trunk has a spacious feel and is quite deep. A possible issue with loading a wheelchair into this car is the rear bumper is quite high off the ground so you will need to lift a bit more. But as far as space is concerned, there is plenty to fit a wheelchair.
#5. Nissan Altima
The trunk dimensions for the Nissan Altima measures 40 inches deep and 37 inches wide. The cargo space is 15.4 cubic feet. Although this car has a smaller trunk than some other vehicles mentioned, it is suitable to hold a standard wheelchair.
#6. Hyundai Sonata
For a midsize sedan vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata has one of the largest trunks available. Measuring 16.3 cubic feet, you won’t have a problem fitting a wheelchair in the trunk. The trunk size of the Sonata is comparable to the Honda Accord which is a full-size vehicle.
#7. Volkswagon Passat
If you are looking for a midsize car that has an above average trunk space, check out the Volkswagon Passat. At 15.9 cubic feet, the Passat has one of the largest trunks in its class. There is plenty of space for a wheelchair and other items. The rear seats also fold down to give extra cargo space.
#8. Chrysler 300
The Chrysler 300 sedan is known for its larger trunk space for a car in its class. It measures 16.3 cubic feet which is similar in size to the Hyundai Sonata. A common complaint with the trunk space on this vehicle is the wheel wells are large making the useable space in the trunk less than other vehicles. But there is still enough space for most wheelchairs to fit.
#9. Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle with the largest trunk on our list is the Chevrolet Impala. This is a full-size sedan and the trunk measures 18.8 cubic feet. There is ample space to fit a wheelchair including some larger-sized ones. Many owners of this vehicle will praise the usable space of the trunk and the extra size will make it easier to move a wheelchair in and out.