Good Cars for Tall People from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show

Ford Fiesta

For many people, Detroit’s NAIAS is an opportunity to check out nice rides or shop for their next vehicle. Not so, for me. I’m a big man on a big mission, and once again I suffered cramped legs, dinged kneecaps, and bashed heads all in the name of giving other tall people an idea of what vehicle might make sense for them.

I didn’t get to sit in every vehicle at the show. The makes that were most neglected were luxury cars. With what time I had I wanted to get to the vehicles with prices that I and the average tall person would see as more reasonable. But hey, if Mercedes Benz wants me to take one of their cars home for some testing, I’m available.

The vehicles listed below are ones that I sat in and felt comfortable, along with a few that I didn’t feel very comfortable in. I was paying attention to leg room, head room, and space around the pedals. My objective here is to give you test-drive ideas. The driving experience, especially long term, can’t be totally predicted just by sitting in a car. But sitting in a vehicle can help me come up with a few that you could try.

I also threw in some examples of those that really didn’t work at the end of the post.

The good

Many of the vehicles you’ll see in this group are also cars that I really enjoyed at 2015’s auto show, with a few new additions. I want to stress that I didn’t get a chance to sit in every vehicle at the auto show. Next year perhaps I’ll take requests.

2016 Kia Optima

Front leg room: 2016 Optima45.5 inches
Front head room: 40.0 inches
Front hip room: 54.7 inches
MSRP: From $21,900

Kia and Hyundai both have mid-sized sedans that offer tons of leg room for the driver. At last year’s show I talked about the Sonata. This year I want to mention the Kia Optima. Before I started this whole car blogging venture, this model caught my eye because I think it looks sharp. The problem with the Optima and Sonata, of course, is that if you’re tall and driving with the seat extended, it’ll be pretty difficult for the average adult to sit behind you.

2016 Ford Flex

Front leg room: 40.8 inches Flex
Front head room: 41.8 inches
Front hip room: 55.5 inches
MSRP: From $29,600

The gentleman in line in front of me to sit in the Ford Flex was a good two inches taller than I, which would put him at about 6’9″. He fit comfortably in the Ford Flex, and so did I. What pleased me the most about the Flex was the headroom. There are several cars that have tons of leg room but are a close call when it comes to your dome. When I first saw the Ford Flex, I thought it was a shoe-box with wheels. I’ll admit that I still don’t find it very attractive. But I do find it spacious, and perhaps I could learn to love it.

2016 Subaru Legacy

Front leg room: 42.9 inchesLegacy
Front head room: 40.0 inches
Front hip room: 55.5 inches
MSRP: From $21,745

The mid-size segment is where you’ll often find me prowling, and I really enjoyed the Subaru Legacy. I found it comparable to the Optima and Malibu. What you get here is tremendous leg room and passing head room, though if you sit the wrong way you could screw up your hair. What intrigues me about the Legacy is that it’s powered by Subaru’s horizontally-opposed flat 4 engine and is all-wheel drive. It may not be the primary factor on your average car-buyer’s mind, but this engine gives you the punch that you need to get ahead on the highway, and it’s a pleasure to drive.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Front leg room: 42.0 inches2016 Malibu
Front head room: 39.1 inches
Front hip room: 54.1 inches
MSRP: From $21,645

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu still has the leg room that the 2015 model featured, and its looks have been upgraded. Inside and outside, the new Malibu is sexier than it was in 2015. One complaint I’ve heard from tall drivers is that the car is a bit difficult to get into considering the swoopy A-post. But I still think it’s a comfortable vehicle for the tall driver in terms of legs and hips, and I’ve driven the 15 model for hours on end with no fatigue or pain.

 

The disappointing

2016 Honda Civic2016 Civic

Front leg room: 42.3 inches
Front head room: 39.3 inches
Front hip room: 53.7 inches
MSRP: From $18,640

I’ve loved the Honda Civic ever since my father and I bought one as my first car off of a grocery store lot. And the 2016 Civic looks spectacular. It looks bigger, too. But I wasn’t satisfied. The accelerator is located to the extreme right of the driver’s normal position. If you’re tall, this makes it feel nearly impossible to reach the accelerator without twisting your right leg into an uncomfortable position. In addition, the dash’s center seems a bit wider.

This lack of room in the knee area is something new to this year, as far as I can tell. It’s sad, considering that the 2004 Civic is one that I’d gladly put against some mid-sized sedans in terms of overall comfort.

The laughable

I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t buy into that phrase you always hear from family and friends: “You need a truck, or an SUV, or something really big.” No. You need to expand your horizons and look at smaller vehicles too, even compact cars. That said, sometimes a car really is too small. Your next objective is to retain some measure of dignity as you cram yourself into or struggle to get out of that vehicle.

That happened to me a couple of times during the show.

Ford Fiesta

Front leg room: 42.2 inches
Front head room: 39.1 inches
Front hip room: 50.6 inches
MSRP: From $14,580

I should’ve known what i was getting into when I opened the door of the 2016 Fiesta. Somebody hand me a shoehorn.

Fiesta

I expect to run into a few vehicles like this (literally). While some compact cars are tall-friendly, the Ford Fiesta simply isn’t a vehicle that the tall driver can expect to fit into.

Subaru BRZ

Front leg room: 41.9 inches
Front head room: 37.1 inches
Front hip room: n/a
MSRP: From $29,395

Wish I could look good in a small sports car. Not the BRZ, though. It was a battle to get in.

BRZ

What cars are a good fit for you?

It’s clear to me that the numbers don’t always matter. They might reveal a vehicle that’s extra small, but there usually isn’t a terribly large gap between the vehicles in the same class. That doesn’t mean you’ll fit in them all, and trying them out is the only way to know for sure.

Like I said, I didn’t get a chance to try every vehicle at the auto show. I’m sure that my readers have tried out other cars and found likes and dislikes. If you’re a tall driver and can recommend or warn against a car, let us all know in the comments.

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59 comments

  • Big John

    Enjoying your reviews from a fellow tall person’s perspective. I’ve been test driving the past few weeks. At 6’9″ and 240 I had similar success in the BRZ. I was happy with the Accord, the sedans from Hyundai, the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee (all the others are way too small for tall folk), the Pilot, and the Suburu SUVs. I’ve mostly gotten sucked into the SUV and cross-over market, obviously. The fit was fine in the Flex too, but I felt like I was driving a bus.

    • Will Eifert

      Thanks for reading, John. I’d be happy with a Grand Cherokee. They can be pricey though, depending on your financial situation. Seems like we’re all getting sucked into the SUV cross-over market. However I’ve got to admit that small SUVs and crossovers are my least favorite type of vehicle (I’ll write a post about that someday). Nonetheless, comfort-wise many small SUVs are acceptable.

  • Richard

    I immediately feel in love with the styling of Subaru’s Crosstrek Limited, for some reason I always liked orange cars; however after my test drive today, I reluctantly have taken it off my list. Mark this up as a fail. At 6’2″, my spikey short hair was touching the ceiling and my vision was severely impaired by the low rear view mirror. I so wanted that car, Automakers needs a Big and Tall section…sigh,

    And auto websites need a more detailed “build your own” section, so far Ford and Chevy’s websites do s good job of including features on your perspective builds, while Jeep is vague at best and Nissan should be ashamed

    • Will Eifert

      I feel your pain, Richard. My wife wanted to buy a Crosstrek very badly, but had to pass becuase I had the same problem. And I don’t even have spiky hair! At the end of the day these manufacturers are designing vehicles for normally sized people and we have to cram ourselves into that world. Thanks for reading!

      • TR

        Interesting that you guys knocked off the Crosstrek for not being large enough. I’m 6’6″ and own a Crosstrek because it’s one of the few small crossovers that I can/do fit comfortably in. The rearview mirror can be moved to go almost all the way to the very top of the windshield and you can pump the driver’s seat down to a lower setting. With the seat all the way down I have a good 2 inches of headroom left. Unless you have crazy anime hair, I wonder if maybe you simply didn’t adjust the seat/mirror enough? That car is quite huge inside.

        • JB

          I’m 6’2 and drive my wife’s Crosstrek to work (Eyesite in traffic is amazing) – for the life of me, I just cannot find a comfortable driving position for my legs. I’m fine on headroom with the seat lowered far down, but I can’t extend my legs at all. My feet usually fall asleep after an hour because I can’t straighten them in the foot well (I’m a size 14 shoe).

          We’ve only had the vehicle for about 4 months, but will likely trade it in since we’re not happy with it. It’s terribly underpowered for living in Colorado and really struggles at high elevation… we’re talking redline RPMs at 50mph highway cruising. If we lived in flat state, we’d feel differently, but all in all the Crosstrek isn’t a safe choice for mountain use.

        • Marcus

          One thing to keep in mind is some tall people have long legs, and others have long torsos.

          So what may fit him at 6’9″ with long legs, may not fit me at 6’5″ with a long torso.

          Also, am I the only one that has trouble with the windshields being too low? I can’t even see the traffic lights when I’m stopped.

          Are there any cars with big ass wind shields with lots of head room? I struggle in my Dodge Caravan ffs.

          • Robert Cenzer

            The old Honda Pilot is great for windshield.
            I have a 2005 and couldn’t believe what I see.

  • Jim

    Glad I found this discussion ! I’m 6-5, 250 (+)… (34-36 inseam, since some have mentioned it) Every year cars get tighter. I can’t believe that some of you like / fit well in some of the mentioned cars. I had a 2000 Impala (w/bench type seat) that was great, sadly Chevy went smaller… I went to the 2008 Ford Taurus. Great room all around – I can sit behind me. But, I would’ve loved it if the drivers seat went back a little farther… My foot, has to kinda sideways to give it gas.

    Now it’s time to change again…. I was hoping the 2015 Ford Taurus would be good, Sadly I found myself looking into the door jam/separator… not too safe. Same for the new Impala… The Subaru Outback / Legacy seems to have great legroom.

    Can you (or readers) give some suggestions to larger / Full size cars? Thanks, seems most are commenting or writing about mid size or SUV’s… Thanks!!!

    • Will Eifert

      Thanks for reading, Jim. It’s interesting that you mention the Door Jamb – I think you’re talking about the A-post here, the post between the driver and rear seat? I’ve often heard from readers who think that the A-post makes entry and exit inconvenient, a problem that I had with the Cruze. I’m working on a post about small SUVs at the moment. Soon I will get around to full-size cars. Thanks for your comment.

      • Sal Manilla

        6-7 230 here. I believe the one between the front and the back is the B pillar. The A pillar is the one at the windshield.

        Never bought a 4 door in my life because that B pillar is right next my eye. Hate that. In the market now for an SUV/crossover and I can’t find anything under $60,000 that is truly “comfortable”.

  • Nick

    Glad I found ur article. I am about 6-5. I just finish testing of new accord, Mazda 6 and Volvo S60. I can fit in no problem with either of the three but my hair is kinda brushing the ceiling for all three. That could bother me…Optima is the next on the list. Hope it will work for me…otherwise I might have to visit German brands or start thinking about suv …

    How tall r u? You did not have headroom issue with your old civic?

    • Will Eifert

      Thanks for reading. I’m 6’7″ and a little over 300 lbs. My Civic was a 2004 and I didn’t have a headroom problem. You have to test out seat configurations with some of these vehicles to figure out what works best. In the Civic, for example, I had the seat reclined to a degree that made headroom comfortable without making me feel like I was ridiculously far from the steering wheel.

  • Trisha

    Hi y’all,

    I am a 6”0 tall, women, all legs. I drive a Toyota Highlander and it’s far from perfect. The mirror doesn’t go higher so – according to my young driver’s teacher – not safe & because I drive a lot for my job (average a little of 30 000 km per year) well that’s killing me. My lower back hurts even with heated seat on … all year around. Bad posture, poor legs circulation, you name it!

    We only can afford 1 vehicle for the family so I cannot really go buy a “smaller” vehicle as we have 2 growing kids and a … big dog! My husband walks to work by the way but he is still 6″3.

    Soooo, I sat in a Sienna today and it was … fine. Not better, just different. Feels like a chair but the mirror wasn’t 100%. I am a little under 200 pounds so shoulder room doesn’t matter to me.
    Hoping to try the Honda Odyssey next week. Not that I said I wanted to buy a van.

    I do like the Toyota Tundra… But I wouldn’t be able to park it at all in the city & I think that spending over 50K on a vehicle is ridiculous. Not that I can afford one neither. My height is an handicap. Yes, I wrote that. I am sorry if I offended you but i cannot fit in a Fiesta. The door won’t shut!

    Seriously, I never leased a vehicle before but maybe I should do short terms 2-3 years and switch. At least if I hate the thing, I could count the months left.

    I would like to have your comments, any comments are welcome. Thanks.

  • John R

    Nice reading. I attend car shows only to see what models I fit in. Likewise with car dealers. I am 6’8″ 225lbs and currently drive a 2013 Hybrid Sonata. For the most part it fits me pretty good but like any car driving extended periods of time kills my right leg and glutes. Like I assume we all do I stop every few hours to get out and stretch. When my wife tells me I am going the wrong way I just agree with her and tell her “honey….yes we are going the wrong way but we are making good time”

    • W. Wright

      Good post. I’m 6’9″ 295 lbs. and drive a 2013 Sonota Hybrid limited. The front legroom is great. However, as with most cars, theres no legroom in the back. I have test driven the 2015-2016 Chevy Impala. Theres plenty of legroom in the front and back.

  • Joshua

    This was a very good article. I would never imagine fitting into a Kia. Sadly I live in Colorado and am in need of a good 4×4/AWD vehicle. I am 6’7 about 300lbs with broad shoulders so you can imagine finding anything aside from a full size truck is a challenge. Any suggestions?

    • amd

      I have a Toyota highlander hybrid that is comfortable for me. I am 6’7″ and a bit heavier than you. I suspect the gas only 4wd would fit about the same. Mine has sunroof, but if you ordered one without it would be better.

      • Trisha

        My dad, 6’4, 300 pounds, just bought a 2015 Highlander Limited and it has a “something coming up from under” the driver seat to make the gap smaller.

        Google it has i am not really good at explain it in my third language but my dad said that only 2015 & Limited was offering that. It’s an extra button on the driver’s seat. I might call Toyota and ask for an estimate to replace just my front seat then! Good thing my dad find out.

        We are in Canada – awd is a must even with winter tires.

  • Cameron

    I’m coming from a bit of a different perspective-and I’d sure appreciate any comments any readers might have. I’m NOT particularly tall but I have a long torso.. I’m only 5’9 1/2 but my torso makes me sit like someone 6’5 (I’ve got the short legs to compensate for it). I need to find a decent cheap car but most of the ones under $17-18K seem to have such low windshields that I find my eyes are looking at the top of the window and I have to hunch over to see under. Anyone know of a lower priced car that has either a higher windshield or at least an adjustable height drives seat? And it would be great if the front passenger seat could accommodate someone whose 6’5 or more taller (without putting it into the full recline position) as I seem to have an inordinate number of tall friends (probably from so many years involved in football and rugby)–but that may be asking too much.

    • Jay Kay

      I am 6’6″, all torso (sitting eye to eye with a guy 7’2″) and have headroom in very few vehicles aside from my 2007 Honda Element. Aside from the road noise and 21 mpg, it’s a fantastic vehicle built to last for 250 K or more. Seats come out easily leaving a huge cargo bay. The driver’s seat is adjustable. I’d suggest looking for a lower mileage used one. I’ve also rented a Chevy SUV (Traverse?) which has enough head and leg room.

      • Anonymous

        I too have an element (2003) and it has a ton of headroom and visibility is great (and AWD, ABS, manual are nice) – but every so often I think there’s another vehicle out there that’ll work better with my 6′-5″ (34 inseam) self. Still looking. Maybe a truck. It’s hard to justify a $30k+ expense that’s not a slam dunk improvement. I like your post – btw. Thanks.

  • Brian

    Great article. But I am surprise that no one is complaining about those blasted center CONSOLES!
    Aside from the headroom, those consoles make even an average sized person miserable. It’s almost impossible to find bench seats even in the big trucks. I am 6 – 4 and 350. I currently drive a Mercury Grand Marquis which s the largest car on the market. WHY are ALL vehicles squishing us? I could design a mid-sized vehicle that would be exquisitely comfy for people of size. All they need to do is add a few inches of width and height and length to any of these vehicles and they would have it. WHY are they not doing it? And design a fold away or up CONSOLE! They SUCK!!!

    • Will Eifert

      Thanks for reading, Brian. Great point about the center consoles. I’ve found that it can take time for drivers to realize that the console is causing issues. It’s either squishing their hips in, pressing against the side of the knee or shin, or forcing them to sit in an uncomfortable position. I’d like to see your design that features a more comfortable fit.

      • Victor Maurer

        I agree with you 100% What the heck was wrong with putting the dang shifter on the column? I hate center consols and how they beat your knees to death. I’m guessing we need to get new Engineers involved in building these cars that aren’t all SHORT!

  • Anonymous

    Another problem in recent years is that on many vehicles to get the more comfortable power full power seats you have to take the package that includes paddle shifters that destroy kneeroom. I had a 2005 maxima that was very good but on the newer models I ran into the paddle shifter problem. Paddle shifters with a CVT??!! Finally bought a used 2009 Infiniti M – exceptional leg/knee room. Unfortunately they also downsized driver leg/knee room in the newer models. Many manufacturers brag about increasing rear seat legroom but it seems they do so at the expense of driver legroom. Wake up auto makers: the person who buys the car usually drives it!!

  • Jeff Morse

    Yeah, the small car, tall/big driver dilemma is frustrating. I’m 6′ 3″ and about 280 lbs. I love small cars, but most don’t love me. My current is fine – its a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer, but many such as the Fiesta are a joke for someone of my proportions. I became disabled nine years ago and gained about 70 lbs during that nine years of sedentary life, but even at 210 I couldn’t fit in most small cars of the mid 2000s.

  • Josh - NY

    I’m only 5’11, so I won’t say I feel the pain and frustration of some the others here. I’m short torso and long legged. The curveball for me is that I’ve had two knee surgeries and I need to be able to extend my right leg as straight as possible. I currently drive an ’08 civic coupe, which surprisingly leaves my leg with only a slight bend. With recent car issues, I went for a test drive in a Subaru Forrester, which left my leg at a 90 degree bend. Too painful. I’d like to get an SUV, but am not sure if there are any out there that offer the ability to keep the leg bend only slight. Not sure if anyone can offer a suggestion to pursue. Thanks!

    • Erik

      Josh – most SUV and similar taller vehicles will bend your legs more to keep you upright – you’re better off looking into sedans/wagons (or small pickups) with more legroom, but less headroom. Keep the seat low to the ground…

  • J.J.

    Thanks for the reports. I’m 6’4″ and what always gets me is the sunroof/moonroof. Right now I’m in a 2006 Rav4 with a moonroof and there is actually great headroom, I just really don’t need that much car.
    Anyways I was wondering – how hard is it to order a car from a dealership as opposed to what they have in stock? Seems like they always stock cars with tons of options and assume people want a moonroof.

    • Tim Hearty

      curious what you bought. I’m shopping at 6’6” and 210 and sunroofs suck – ant vehicle with a sunroofs is a no-go. 4-Runner w/o sunroof is roomy but I don’t need that much off-road features.
      thanks to everyone for sharing and offering advice – much appreciated.
      Tim

  • Hi. This website is a BIG help. My husband is 6’2 with a 30 inch inseam. His torso is very long and finding a car is proving to be quite hard. We currently drive a 2008 Honda Fit that fits him very well. I wanted to upgrade to a Prius V, however, he couldn’t even see out the windshield. We’ve tried a lot of cars, and it’s looking like as much as I wanted more cargo room, we will be buying another Fit. Any suggestions are MUCH appreciated!

    • Jeff K

      We needed to add a newer sedan to our fleet since our son will probably be doing a co-op that is far from home. I will drive the car part of the year, and need to get my 6′ 7″ frame comfortably into the driver’s seat. My budget topped out at $20k, so we had the choice of a new 2016 Hyundai Sonata or a 2015 ex-Enterprise Impala 2LT with 15,000 miles on the odometer. My son loved the Impala and was lukewarm to the warranty-with-a-Hyundai-wrapped-around-it, so we bought the Impala for less than $20k out the door. I believe that all Impalas have a power seat, and the 2LT has a V6. On my first tank of gas, I got 31 MPG indicated, and 29 MPG calculated with 90% highway driving (450 miles total). My sales rep used to work in the detail shop, and told me that the Texas ex-rental cars always came in the cleanest. He was right! It’s like new, and both my son and I love it! Call Mr. Mayse and have him ship one to you… :-)

  • Jeff K

    I am 6′ 7″ tall and I drive a 2013 Chevy Cruze. I tried the 2016 model, and Chevy cut the seat travel by around 2″. I can’t buy another one. I can now drive a Sonic more comfortably than a Cruze. As mentioned by others, the industry keeps making it more difficult for tall drivers to purchase their cars. What is the deal??? Is some interior decorator concerned about the seat tracks showing??? And yes, both consoles and the junk on the interior door panels encroach on the space that we need to drive a vehicle. One car that I did find comfortable was a 2015 VW Passat. Reliability is iffy on VWs, but I may take the risk just to shove a stick in the eyes of the moron designers at Honda, Toyota, and the rest of the high-reliability marques who have forsaken my business.

    • Anonymous

      I just purchased a 2016 Chevy Cruze Lt. My boyfriend who is 6′ 5″ can drive it very comfortably. It is important to get the Lt rather than the Ls as the seat is electric and it goes up and down giving him a much better fit.

  • Kay

    Great article! Currently in the market for a new vehicle as a result of my car being a total loss.Thanks for the suggestions. I am 6’1 and finding a car that fits head and leg room has been a problem, but recently was placed in a rental. The car, a Nissan Sentra has been surprisingly comfortable.

  • VeryBigJohn

    I’m 6foot 4inches, 34 inch leg and a bulky 400lbs. I drove Berlingos for many years but they ruined the legroom by raising the gearstick console. Also a new seat every two years cost a lot!

    I’ve been saved by the Fiat 500L Trekking.

    Perfect access for me in a car that isn’t as big as a bus. And people can sit behind me comfortably. Job done!

  • Rick

    More automobile companies need to take these things into consideration.
    My Grand Cherokee is in for service today and I got a Chrysler 200 C as a loaner. I almost broke my neck getting into the dang thing. Unbelievably uncomfortable. I ended up sitting on the door sill and sliding my head and neck into the car first.

    Over the weekend, I drove a new Grand Cherokee Summit and my head was bumping against the ceiling because of the sliding moonroof.

    I think I’ll keep my ’12 Grand Cherokee Loredo. It’s not as nice and doesn’t have a moon roof, but my head doesn’t rub against the ceiling.

  • Chrissy Martin

    Thanks for this post! With a husband that is 6′-5″ and baby two on the way, we need to either trade in my Ford Focus and/or get me a new family car that he can drive comfortably. Feel like SUVs and crossovers are our only choices.

    • Jeff K

      Don’t forget to check different model generations if you are willing to buy used. I could not fit in a previous generation Lexus RX350, but I fit the new ones. You may also just suck it up and move into the dreaded minivan… ;->

  • Francis

    Hi,
    I’m 6′-4, 240 lbs and I found for now that the Ford F150/Dodge Ram had the most legroom and headroom. If you have the crew cab version there’s plenty of room for me to go in the row behind as if I was driving. The Nissan Murano and Pathfinder were good option also. I’ll try some of the suggestion you guys posted at the next car show near me in Quebec/Canada.

    Thanks,

  • Tug

    I’m a big guy. 6’2″ 450lb. Wide shoulders, no backside and built like a brick poop house lol…I currently drive a 2002 GMC Sierra crew cab, it’s big and comfy….but it’s time to retire her. I want something with good gas mileage comfort….if you had to pick one of the suggested vehicles in the article for me whitch one would it be?

    • Will Eifert

      Hi Tug. Thanks for commenting! It all depends on what you’re looking for. At your size, I’d imagine that over time, getting into a low-riding vehicle is going to cause problems. If I were you I’d at least have a look at the mid-sized SUVs, particularly the one with better hip room. Even if you don’t have a rear end, hip room can give you an indication of how well your shoulders might do as well, since it measures seat width.

    • Kev

      I’m similar in size Tug. The Subaru Outback and the Hyundai Sonata are good options.

  • Jake Althuisius

    I’m 6’8 and 300 lbs.I have a 2011 Tahoe and a 2012 Scion xB .I have more room in xb ,Tahoe is tighter but seats are more comfortable than xb .The tall people are hoping a new run of big people cars are coming out.please!

  • Colin Davis

    I’m 6’7″ and bought a Ford Flex in 2009. It has great headroom and leaves plenty of room behind me for an adult passenger. This was the best vehicle I could find for my size at the time, and I’m back in the market again. I’d like to find something less ‘crossover’, and more SUV, w/o spending $50k+ on a Tahoe. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

  • Dmitry

    I am between 6’2″ and 6’3″. I am surprised that people, who are taller than me, can fit Highlander (maybe, only the old ones?). I like new Highlander, especially, the upcoming 2017 Highlander, but if I am sitting straight on the driver’s seat, my head is touching the roof. The only SUV, where I can fit comfortably, is 2016 Honda Pilot.

  • Jayson

    I’m 6’5” and well over 350 (not as fat as I sound I promise). When we were shopping for my wife’s new suv we tried A LOT. She doesn’t like driving so for family trips it’s all me. The best we found were the Dodge Durango (which we purchased), the Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia, and my choice if not for the price Toyota Land Cruiser. Personally I’ve not found a comfortable car in years and have been driving trucks for the better part of two decades. I don’t’ really like the Ford models, I’ve hurt my shoulders closing doors due to narrow seating. The GM models (Chevy and GMC), are nice. The Dodge Ram 1500 is really nice. But my hands down favorite right now is the Toyota Tundra. The Crew Cab model has enough room for at least 4 BIG guys to fit nicely. I’ve had another 6’5” friend sit behind me and have lots of space between his knees and the seat.

    And thank you for doing a tall guy blog. Have you ever reviewed motorcycles? That’s another bad spot for big guys.

    • Will Eifert

      Hi Jayson. Thanks for reading and for your comment. I would review motorcycles but I’ve never ridden one so I’m not even sure what to look for!

  • Rolf

    7’2″ 275, 40″ inseam, it is hard to find a car/truck with enough room for my legs. I currently drive a F150 2002 model with a bench. been looking at new trucks, but most of them come with a giant console + a 50k pricetag. my sister has kia optima which is great for legroom, but it is like falling onto the ground to get in and in order to get out another feat of contortion.

  • Laura

    I’m an average size woman, height and weight, but my sons are not. I haven’t had my current car for more than a couple years, and I looked far and wide for a car that would fit both my sons in the front and back. I have a 2012 VW Passat, and it comfortably fits my sons in either the front or back. One son is 6’2″ and 300 lbs the other is 6’4″ and 350 lbs. Our previous mini-van fit both of them very well, but I didn’t want another van, nor did I want an SUV. It wasn’t easy finding a car that fit both of them.

    The front seat wasn’t typically an issue with about half the cars I tried, it was the back seat. Not only can both my sons fit in any seat in the Passat, but they can also both drive the car without an issue, after some adjustments of the seat. Fortunately both front seats go back for even more leg room, and can go up and down for more head room. It’s not the easiest car for my 6’4″ son to get in and out of, but that’s a very small portion of any car trip. I’m very glad I chose the Passat. I’ll definitely keep this article and the comments in mind when it comes time to suggest cars for my sons to drive when they are old enough to need and get a car, which will only be a year or two from now.

    I’d suggest looking up the specs on the VW Passat if you’re curious, but I will say the specs are pretty close to what the Kia Optima specs are. The Kia Optima has more head and leg room in front (according to Edmunds), but less rear head and leg room than the Passat.

  • John R

    I am 6’8″ 240lbs 57 yrs. old and just getting older (aren’t we all). I drive a 2013 Hyundai Sonata which fits me reasonably well for a couple hours. I purchased the Sonata by trading in my 2006 Chrysler 300 which started giving me hip pains right side gas pedal foot. I travel for business weekly so I rent and drive a lot of different cars. Probably the two cars that has fit me best and better than my Sonata has been the Buick Lacrosse and the Chevy Impala but not perfect. When it comes time to trade in my Sonata I will be looking at both. Thanks for the website and as always get out and stretch from time to time.

  • Edward

    I am 6’6″ 240 lbs. I recently bought a 2003 Ford Escort ZX2. The little car has good room. Where my left knee would usually be trapped between the door and the steering wheel there is a scallop in the door and my knee fits well. I have three or four inches between the wheel and my knee. My right knee also has room because the car does not have a huge console like so many new vehicles have. I highly recommend one of these little ZX2’s. They are cheap to buy and I get 36 mpg on the highway, 27 in town, on top of that they are fun to drive. The other vehicle I drive is a F150 without the console, great room but thirsty. Thanks for the blog, I appreciate the information.

    • Justin

      6’8″ 300lbs. 34″ inseam

      2010-2014 Legacy without sunroof and power seats. I can actually see traffic lights when fully upright. Legroom decent and a fun car to drive and very solid feeling in the 2013-2014 models.

      2002-2006 Nissan Altima. Awesome leg room and very comfortable with the adjustable height for the armrest.

      2005-2009 Dodge Magnum. Best legroom and ok headroom. Great highway cruiser and the R/T was a great handling car for such a large machine.

  • Wayne

    I have an 06 Wrangler Unlimited. They are not known for their leg room, but several companies make seat relocation kits that move the seat back 3″. The shoulder room leaves a little to be desired with the roll bar in the way.

  • tom

    I am 6’4″ 240 lbs. I have a 2013 Mazda 6 that has a lot of leg room, and pretty good head room too. The 2014 and newer models are smaller inside and not as comfortable.

  • Adam

    I’m 6’6″, but mostly torso. I recently purchased a 2017 Impreza. You can leave out the moonroof even in the highest trim model, which leaves plenty of head, leg, and shoulder room. I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Kenny R

    Great website. I’m 6foot. From my experience of driving 130-200 miles a day. A comfortable ride, Great legroom and head room has worked with these cars and jeeps:
    Cadillac CTS
    Buick Lacrosse
    Chevrolet Impala
    Chevrolet Camaro
    Lexus GS AND LS models
    Nissan Pathfinder
    Dodge Durango
    Ford Explorer
    They all have been comfortable for me for long trip driving. I take a tape measure with me before I test drive/purchase a car/jeep. If the pedal to the seat cushion doesn’t measue 25 inches or more. I don’t even waste my time.

  • Morgan

    I’m 6’7″ 315 and still driving my 2 door coupe 2004 Pontiac Grand Am GT. It’s sad that most companies have moved past the coupes, unless it’s German. I just keep my grand am for a beater and have a 16 Challenger SRT for when it’s nice out.

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