2016 Full-Size Sedans for Tall Drivers
As the largest passenger car segment, full-size sedans should have plenty of room for you to stretch out in. Here we have a list of the interior dimensions of 2016 full-size sedans for tall drivers to use when shopping.
The vehicles listed below come from the “full-size car” category over at Good Car Bad Car. GCBC calls these vehicles a “dying breed,” and I’d like to discuss that after we get through the charts. So without further ado, here are the numbers.
2016 Full-Size Sedan Leg Room
Just a quick reminder that we’re measuring the overall leg room of the car, because there isn’t a standard on what position the front seat should be in when measuring. The average leg room for this segment is 81.8 inches.
At 85.6 inches of total leg room, The Chevrolet Impala has over 3 inches more leg room than any other vehicle in this category. The Kia Cadenza, Hyundai Azera and Buick Lacrosse follow with just above 82 inches.
The Nissan Maxima offers tall drivers the least amount of overall leg room in the category, less than the Nissan Altima from the mid-size category.
2016 Full-Size Sedan Head Room
The average front head room for 2016’s full-size sedans is 39 inches.
With 41.1 inches of head room, the 2016 Hyundai Genesis leads full-size sedans. The Kia Cadenza, Chevrolet Impala, and Nissan Maxima are all above average. The Hyundai Azera offers tall drivers the least amount of head room at 37.6 inches.
2016 Full-Size Sedan Hip Room
The average hip room for full-size sedans in 2016 is 55.63 inches.
With 57.2 inches of front hip room, the Chevrolet SS offers the most room in this category. The nearest competitors are the Kia Cadenza, Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300. The narrowest vehicle you’ll find on the list is the Nissan Maxima at 54.2 inches.
The Big Picture
Let’s put all of those measurements together along with the MSRPs of the category. The average MSRP is $31,949.09, just a shade under $10,000 more than the average for 2016’s mid-size sedans.
In terms of size, roomier full-size cars for tall drivers would be the Chevrolet Impala, Hyundai Genesis, and Kia Cadenza. I’m a little biased towards more head room, and if that isn’t as important to you then I think you could make an argument for the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300 and the Chevrolet SS.
When money is factored in, the Genesis, Impala, and Charger gain even more appeal. They hover near $27,000 to start, nearly $5,000 below average for the segment. The Impala is also tied with the Nissan Maxima for the best combined fuel economy of this selection with 25 mpg.
Mid-Size Vs Full-Size Cars
In calling full-size cars a “dying breed,” Good Car Bad Car notes that mid-size cars are just as spacious and less expensive. So let’s compare the averages from this post the 2016 mid-size sedans post to find out how the two segments compare:
The measurements for these two segments are virtually the same. The average MSRP gap, however, is $9,886.09. There are other factors that make the price difference more meaningful, but don’t make the assumption that mid-size cars are a downgrade size-wise.
If you’re a tall driver you should keep in mind that there may be a less expensive option to the full-size car you’ve been thinking about. Stop by my post on mid-size car dimensions to see some examples from 2016, such as the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion.