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The 3 Most Ergonomic Cars of 2011

Posted on 7th Oct 2011 @ 1:46 PM

For many of us, commuting takes up a significant portion of our day. No wonder, then, that car companies employ engineers who specifically concentrate on making those hours more comfortable.

Ergonomics engineers -- or, as Ford would hilariously have it, specialists in "human factors engineering" -- ensure that the cars we drive have adjustable, roomy seats and vehicle controls that are well-placed and easy to use. Additional features, such as door handles with better grips and automatically closing trunks make our cars easier on older or disabled drivers. (And hopefully, safer for everyone else.)

Here are a few of our favorite ergonomic cars for 2011.


1. 2011 Toyota Camry


The driver's seat is adjustable for height and lumbar support -- something we didn't see in every car we researched. The Camry gets high marks, too, for its tilt and telescopic steering controls, remote trunk release, and audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel. Pick the Camry LE model, and you also get an eight-way power driver seat and keyless ignition.

View the full review at: http://www.edmunds.com/toyota/camry/2011/features-specs.html?style=&sub=


2. 2011 Hyundai Sonata


Americans are big, and getting bigger; both in terms of, er, width, and the decidedly-more-pleasant-to-think-about height. So it's no wonder that we have a love affair with big cars. The Hyundai Sonata, originally conceived as a sort of Camry knock-off, has come into its own in recent years, thanks to its roomy cabin and ample trunk space. (And also possibly because it's a pretty good deal for a large, family sedan.) Standard equipment includes Bluetooth with phonebook download, full power accessories, and keyless entry. If you go for broke, you can get a navigation system, a sunroof, and speakers that will demonstrate your superior taste in music to the entire block.

View the full review at: http://www.edmunds.com/hyundai/sonata/2011/#fullreview


3. 2011 Honda CR-V


The CR-V was one of the first popular SUV crossovers, and it's still a solid choice for families, or anyone who likes to pretend they're off-roading in the city. All models boast loads of room for people and their stuff, plus adjustable driver and passenger seats, keyless entry, and a host of safety features like antilock brakes and airbags. Feel like getting fancy? You can opt for heated seats, a navigation system with voice controls, a rearview camera and Bluetooth.

View the full review at: http://www.edmunds.com/honda/cr-v/2011/#fullreview

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