As someone on the short side of the spectrum, I’ve come to appreciate all the fine-tuning you can do to the driver’s position these days. With everything from adjustable seat bottoms to tilt-and-telescoping steering wheels, automakers are able to make vehicles suitable for a wider range of drivers.
But you know what I’d really like to see on more vehicles? Adjustable pedals. Especially on pickup trucks. Most especially on pickup trucks in households with taller and smaller drivers.
I mean, just because you’ve managed to get the seat adjusted so your feet comfortably reach the pedals, it doesn’t mean you’re a safe distance from the steering wheel – and vice versa.
The only true way to customize your driving position is to be able to move the pedals as well.
Unfortunately, the list of pickup trucks that offer adjustable pedals is small — and dwindling.
For 2020, you’ll only find them on the following trucks:
- Ford F-150 and (available at XLT trims and above)
- Ford Super Duty (available at XLT trims and above)
- Ram 1500 Rebel (available with Level 1 or Level 2 Equipment Group)
- Ram 2500/3500 Laramie & Power Wagon (available with Level 1 or Level 2 Equipment Group)
It should be noted, however, that just because adjustable pedals are available on a particular truck or trim doesn’t mean they come standard – they’re usually tucked into a package of some sort.
It’s also worth noting there isn’t a single midsize truck that offers – or ever offered – this feature.
If you don’t mind buying used, however, I will point out the first-generation Nissan Titan (2003 – 2015) also offered adjustable pedals.
So why do some offer them and some don’t?
According to Ram Trucks, the company line on why the pedal option is offered is all about luxury.
“Ram 1500 customers value the ride comfort and luxury we offer through a combination of class-leading coil or air suspension systems,” a company spokesperson said. “Features like the adjustable pedals offer a little bit more luxury across multiple trim levels and are part of an overall approach to customer comfort.”
In contrast, a representative from Nissan said the decision to remove the pedal option on Titan was based on consumer research that favored a telescoping steering wheel over adjustable pedals.
“Research showed that telescopic steering was able to ergonomically support equal or better than adjustable pedals for a wider range of occupants,” he said.
Me? I say: Why not both?
THE BOTTOM LINE
At 5 feet tall, I’m what they call “the fifth percentile female,” which happens to be the lowest common denominator most automakers design for. But just because I can drive something doesn’t mean it’s comfortable.
Without the pedal option in a truck, I often end up with my leg trapped between the seat bottom and the underbelly of the dash because of the far-forward, height adjusted driving position. This is nothing a telescoping steering wheel will fix.
So, I’ve found the highest comfort level comes from having both telescoping steering wheel and adjustable pedals.
I know a lot of people have been asking about trucks with adjustable pedals, so I’d be curious to hear why you want them (or don’t) – especially since I have to assume pretty much nobody reading this is also 5 feet tall.