Good Cars for Tall People from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show
There’s this idea out there that all big and tall people should stick to big and tall things, and not want the opposite. Baloney, I say.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told by shorter people that I “need” a big truck or an SUV. Think Silverado or Tahoe. They’ve told me that the fact that I currently drive a Honda Civic is funny. Hotwheel. Clown car. Roller skate. I’ve heard them all. And I’m here to proclaim:
I don’t want a big truck
I live in the suburbs, not on a ranch. I don’t have construction materials to haul. I can’t afford a boat or RV. And if I had one, I’m sure I’d leave all of my crap in the bed out in the rain on a regular basis. A large SUV? I can’t find that many people who want to spend extended time with me in one space.
I drive a compact car and love it. Sure I’d like to graduate to full size sedan someday. But enough of that. I give to you the results of the #bigguytest at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. These cars are in no particular order. But they’re all good cars for tall people:
2015 MINI Cooper Countryman
Front leg room: 40.4 inches
Front shoulder room: 52.8 inches
Front Head Room: 39.9 inches
MSRP: From $22,750
It sounds ridiculous that a vehicle with “mini” as a name could be suitable for a tall person. But the MINI Cooper Countryman was one of my favorite vehicles at the show. With the seat adjusted properly the Countryman easily fits a 6’7″ driver, and there’s even leg room in the back for your friends. On the downside, there’s not a ton of storage space. So while your friends will fit, their bags will not. MINI also offers plenty of ways that you can customize this vehicle.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado
Front leg Room: 41.3 inches
Front shoulder room: 57.5 inches
Front head room: 39.5 inches
MSRP: From $20,120
Okay, so I said that I didn’t need a big truck. A small truck is an entirely different story. And the Chevy Colorado is the only vehicle at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in which I had to scoot the seat up. The cab is extremely comfortable, and I feel like you wouldn’t have to work in the construction business in order to feel like this truck fits your style. One catch: whoever is sitting behind you will be having a bad day unless they’re a small child.
2015 Subaru Forester
Front leg room: 43.0 inches
Front shoulder room: 57.0 inches
Front head room: 41.4 inches
MSRP: From $22,195
My fiance and I have long eyed the Subaru Forester, and in large part that’s because the Forester is so comfortable, even with a tall guy at the helm. Aside from its roominess, it has the storage of a great road trip vehicle. You can even throw a tent on top of it and turn the Forester into a camping companion. I’ve never thought the Forester looks all that great, but it’s a vehicle that just checks all the right boxes.
2015 Nissan Juke
Front leg room: 42.1 inches
Front shoulder room: 53.6 inches
Front head room: 39.6 inches
MSRP: From $20,250
After driving my fiance’s Nissan Juke for a while, I can attest that it’s a tall person-friendly vehicle. I will say that while a big guy will fit in this car, it’s not exactly your best bet if you plan on doing a lot of road-tripping. After a few hours it tends to feel a bit cramped (even my short fiance agrees). Nevertheless, it’s a good fuel-efficient vehicle with a decent amount of storage, and the turbo version is sporty.
2015 Hyundai Sonata
The Hyundai Sonata offers the most front leg room of any vehicle on the list. And it was perhaps the biggest auto show surprise for me. Many of us have lived under the impression that Hyundai is “cheap” without having ever been in one. The interior of this vehicle feels anything but, and at 6’7″ I felt like I had plenty of room to move around.
There were plenty of other vehicles at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show that you could probably shoehorn a guy like me into. And i’d be insane not to show you this photo:
The photo on the left was included in a Volkswagen Ad created to show that even though Wilt Chamberlain couldn’t fit in the Volkswagen people, many other people could. Well at the Detroit Auto Show I put the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle to the test, and I fit comfortably.
Alright tall people. It’s your turn.
There are a lot more cars out there than I’ve pointed out in this post. Let me know which car, truck or SUV you love, and whether or not you can stuff your long legs into it.