2016 Midsize SUVs for Tall Drivers

2016 Midsize SUV Blog Title

Small SUVs might seem little else than a compact sedan with a fifth door. Full-size SUVs can be more car than your really need. Midsize SUVs are right in the middle, giving you both a decent amount of cargo space and family space.

If you’re a tall driver and interested in the midsize SUV segment, these interior dimensions might help you put together a more informed shopping list.


Midsize SUV Leg Room

2016 Midsize SUV Dimensions

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder leads this group of vehicles in terms of leg room with 84 inches, closely followed by the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Ford Edge. The Toyota 4Runner and Dodge Journey have the least amount of leg room of vehicles on this list.

Midsize SUV Head Room

2016 Midsize SUV Head Room

The 2016 Ford Explorer leads the midsize pack in terms of head room, followed by the Nissan Pathfinder and the Dodge Journey. On the shorter end of the scale is the Mazda CX-9 and the Toyota 4Runner.

Midsize SUV Hip Room

2016 Midsize SUV Hip Room

The Honda Pilot has by far the most head room of this segment. The Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander also have over 57 inches of hip room. Vehicles with the least amount of hip room are the Dodge Journey and the Nissan Murano.

The Big Picture

To give you a more complete picture, I’ve put all of these interior dimensions into one chart and added in the MSRP.

2016 SUV Midsize Measurements & MSRP

In terms of spaciousness, the vehicle that checks all of the boxes on this list is the Nissan Pathfinder.

The Kia Sorento is a leader in leg room and hip room, and only the Dodge Journey has a lower base MSRP. While a little more expensive, the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer are also ahead of the pack in a couple of measurement categories.

Do you have experience driving any of these vehicles? Let me know in the comments how comfortable you felt while driving these midsize SUVs.

Photo Credit: Jim Werner, RN GNZLZ, Michael Sheehan

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  • Jean Oliva

    What are the legroom measurements based on? 84 inches is nearly 8 feet!

    • Will Eifert

      You’ll often see measurements divided into “front leg room” and “rear leg room.” However, there isn’t a defined standard for measuring front leg room. Manufacturers could measure it with the seat in any position. Adding the front and rear leg room gives you the most accurate comparison between vehicles. Unfortunately, it makes it more difficult to compare front let room.

      • Dan Hammack

        It would seem to me that all manufacturers would measure front legroom with the front seats all the way back to emphasize front legroom.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly what I was thinking! Looking at the specs given by actual car manufacturers, the measurements for legroom are more in the range of 37-43 inches!

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