My parents are both in their late seventies, and my father is rapidly reaching the point that he just can’t keep driving. My mother has never been fond of driving and has always left the driving to dad when she could; in fact, she stopped driving about five years ago, though there was no physical need to. She knows that she has to start again and that she will have be the principal driver soon; she started this discussion. Mom has always preferred smaller cars, and when they last bought several years ago, I recommended the Mazda 5 since they then sometimes needed 5-6 seats, but that was comparatively low to the ground. Mom has never driven it once. She says it’s just too high.
So, I’m looking for some advice about a compromise that will work for both of them. Mom wants a small car, but Dad has trouble getting in and out of my Mazda 6 and my sister’s Honda Civic. I’ve been looking on the internet at the Honda HRV and the Mazda CX3, hoping that they would be small enough for Mom to drive confidently, but high enough that Dad won’t struggle to get in and out. Even if you can give me some guidance about what to look at in car specifications, I would greatly appreciate it.