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Best Vehicles With Adjustable Pedals

Bring the pedals to you instead of moving your seat all the way up

Wade Thiel, Senior Staff Writer

The number of comfort and convenience features on vehicles today is simply astounding. One feature that you don't see on many vehicles despite the fact that it's been around for a while is adjustable pedals. This feature allows you to move the pedals so that you don't have to slide your seat up to reach them. This allows you to sit further away from the steering column, which can make a vehicle more comfortable, and in some cases, safer if the driver is very short. Adjustable pedals still aren't widely found across automaker's lineups. Still, there are some vehicles that have them, including pickup trucks and SUVs. Here are some of the best ones for the 2018 model year.

2018 Ford Expedition

  • PROS: Power adjustable pedals standard in all trim level, strong engine, high-quality infotainment system, plenty of optional equipment to choose, and a large and comfortable cabin.
  • CONS: Not the best interior layout, some materials are still on the cheaper side, big and drives like it.

The Ford Expedition offers a package that has made the model a popular choice for many years, and with its most recent redesign, it’s the best it’s ever been. The Expedition offers a good mix of practicality, style, and ruggedness with plenty of tech and a 375 hp or 400 hp (depending on trim) twin-turbo V6 engine powering two or all four wheels. Adjustable pedals are available on all trim levels, so even if you’re on the shorter side, you’ll have no trouble driving this beast.

In addition to offering adjustable pedals, the Expedition comes with some of the best legroom and headroom numbers out there, though not the absolute best, you have plenty of space to get comfy. It can also be had with heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, power adjustable steering column, Sync 3 infotainment system, and a rear-seat entertainment system for the kiddos.

2018 Chevrolet Suburban

  • PROS: Power adjustable pedals available in all trim levels, large and comfortable, powerful V8 engine, good infotainment with tons of features.
  • CONS: Feels big on the road, thirsty engine, some cheap interior materials throughout.

If the Ford Expedition doesn’t tickle your fancy but you want a large SUV, maybe you need a vehicle wearing a bowtie. The Chevrolet Suburban offers an extremely practical package that’s great for workers and for families. The 355 hp V8 under the hood pushes power to two or all four wheels, and adjustable pedals are available in all trim levels, so you can get comfy behind the wheel even if you’re on the shorter side.

Aside from the adjustable pedals, the Suburban comes extremely well-equipped with just a little more legroom than its competition. It also has plenty of available equipment, including heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, wireless charging, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with Onstar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and a rear seat infotainment system to keep the kids preoccupied.

2018 GMC Yukon

  • PROS: Power adjustable pedals in all trim levels, upscale interior, attractive exterior and interior design, plenty of space in the cabin, powerful V8 engine.
  • CONS: Thirsty V8, even the base model is pricey, tough to maneuver in parking lots.

If the Expedition and the Suburban aren’t quite swanky enough for you, consider a GMC Yukon. It comes with excellent interior materials, space, and adjustable pedals as standard or available equipment in all trim levels for those folks who are on the shorter side. Under the hood is a 355 hp V8 engine, like with the Suburban, powering either two or all four wheels.

The Yukon excels in a couple areas: luxurious comfort and practicality. Aside from the power adjustable pedals, the model can be had with power tilt and telescoping steering column, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, and an infotainment system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi and access to tons of apps and features. It also has luxurious materials throughout the vehicle and looks the part from the outside as well with chrome and other eye-catching styling elements.

2018 Ford F-150

  • PROS: Adjustable pedals in multiple trim levels, plenty of engines to choose form, long list of available features and configurations, class-leading capability, top-notch tech.
  • CONS: Can’t get adjustable pedals in the base trim level, price can go sky high with upgrades.

If you need a pickup instead of an SUV and want adjustable pedals, you have a few options. One of the best is the 2018 Ford F-150. It’s been the go-to truck for a large portion of the market for decades, and it offers a wide variety of features including power adjustable pedals standard or available on all but the base trim level. Buyers get to choose between five different engine options, including an all-new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Aside from that option, the engine lineup starts with a 290 hp V6 and ends with a 395 hp V8.

The F-150 comes with plenty of features to choose from, including heated and cooled seating, heated steering wheel, and Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system with access to the internet, apps, and connectivity features. Depending on the trim level, the F-150 can get pretty luxurious, too. Adjustable pedals are available in the second tier XLT trim, which still has some cheaper materials, but the King Ranch and Limited trim levels rival premium brand vehicles.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

  • PROS: Adjustable pedals in multiple trim levels, class-leading horsepower in V8 engine, capable, and highly configurable.
  • CONS: Three of the lower trim levels can’t have adjustable pedals, can feel a little sluggish despite high power numbers.

The Chevrolet Silverado may fall in second behind Ford’s F-Series for sales, but the Silverado 1500 isn’t second-rate by any means. There's a new Silverado for 2019, but all that means is that you should be able to get a heck of a deal on a 2018 model. It offers tons of features and a refinement not found on some competitors. Adjustable pedals are standard or available on five of the eight trim levels, and there are three engine options, including a burly 420 hp V8 with class-leading horsepower. While the Silverado 1500 might not be as advanced as the F-150, it’s still one of the best trucks you can buy.

Other than the adjustable pedals, the Silverado offers heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, tons of adjustment, and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system that offers tons of features and apps as well as internet connectivity. The materials in the Silverado range from fairly low-rent in the base WT model to downright luxurious in the top of the line High Country trim level. If the F-150 isn’t your thing, this pickup has the goods to make you happy.

Why Get Adjustable Pedals?

  • You don't have to sit as close to the steering wheel.
  • The vehicle is more suitable for short drivers.
  • Adjustable pedals mean improved driver comfort.

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