2016 Mid-size Sedans for Tall Drivers
For tall drivers, the mid-size sedan category offers vehicles that offer a comfortable fit while allowing you to avoid the bigger price tag of a full-size sedan. I’ve presented the interior dimensions of 2016’s mid-size sedans below.
You may notice that the leg room charts in this post look a bit different from those in my 2015 mid-size post. Let me explain. Leg room changes depending on what position the seat is in. There isn’t a standard way to measure, so I’ve combined front and rear leg room to make a fairer comparison.
Increases and Decreases from 2015
Every now and then a body design change for a vehicle results in more or less room. Here are the increases and decreases from 2015 to 2016:
- The 2016 Malibu added 1.2 inches of leg room, but lost almost an inch of front hip room.
- The 2016 Kia Optima gained .9 inches of leg room, but lost 1.3 inches of front hip room.
Other than that, the most noticeable difference from my 2015 mid-size sedan post is slight changes in MSRP. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at the numbers to see how 2016’s mid-size cars compare.
2016 Mid-size Sedan Leg Room
Here are the numbers for total overall leg-room:
The Ford Fusion leads the nearest competitor by over an inch. At 81.5 inches of legroom, the Passat comes in second, and much of the pack lingers a half inch or less behind.
Keep in mind that because of the size of vehicles in this segment, all of the cars that you see here are going to be satisfactory for tall drivers as far as leg room is concerned. I’m comfortable driving a Malibu, and it ranks last on the list.
2016 Mid-size Sedan Head Room
Now let’s take a look at the head room numbers:
The Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and Subaru Legacy lead the way at around 40 inches of headroom. Ranking last on this chart are the VW Passat (the legroom leader) and the Mazda 6, with less than 38 inches of headroom.
In my experience, head room is the downfall for this segment. The swooping designs are problematic for we who have to duck to get in.
2016 Mid-size Sedan Hip Room
Here are the hip room measurements. Note: Volkswagen doesn’t record hip room.
There isn’t a standout in this category. The Mazda 6 and Kia Optima are at the head of the pack with 56.1 inches and 56 inches, respectively. All of the vehicles in the segment hover around 55 inches.
The Big Picture
Now that we’ve covered the interior dimensions that matter to a tall driver, let’s add price into the conversation:
The Hyundai Sonata comes in at the lowest base MSRP, followed by the Mazda 6 and the Subaru Legacy. At the pricier end of the scale are the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat.
Do you own one of these vehicles? Let me know about your experience in the comments.