2016 Small SUVs for Tall Drivers
I have to make a confession – I’ve never been a fan of the small SUV or the crossover. To me, small SUVS seem like slightly-elevated mid-sized sedans with a fifth door.
Judging by what I see driving around the Detroit area, the small SUV is a popular choice. So if you’re a big or tall driver and interested in one of these vehicles, use the interior measurements below to help you prioritize your test-drive list.
As usual, these measurements alone won’t give you the whole story on a car. But they’re a good starting point if you’re looking for your next ride.
Small SUV Legroom
Here are the leg room measurements:
On the shorter end of the field are the MINI models and the Nissan Juke.
Small SUV Headroom
Now let’s see the headroom angle of this vehicle category. Here are the numbers:
In terms of headroom, the Nissan Rogue, Chevy Equinox, Subaru Forester, Jeep models and the Dodge Journey stand a bit above the rest.
The MINI Cooper Paceman’s headroom is a bit less than the other models, along with the Kia Sportage, VW Tiguan, and Fiat 500X.
Small SUV Hip Room
Let’s take a look at how wide the seats are for vehicles in this segment:
*Note that hip room measurements aren’t available for the VW Tiguan, MINI Cooper Paceman and MINI Cooper Countryman.
Vehicles that you might find yourself feeling more squished in are the Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax and Mitsubishi Outlander.
The Big Picture
To help you get some ideas for test driving, I’ve put all of these measurements together and added in the MSRP for each of these small SUVs.
At the lower end of the price spectrum are the Jeep Patriot and Jeep Renegade, both of which do well in the headroom category. I must confess that I’ve never felt extremely comfortable in Jeep models other than the Grand Cherokee.
In between are vehicles like the GMC Terrain, Subaru Forester, Nissan Rogue and Chevrolet Equinox.
Are you tall and have driven one of these vehicles? Let me know in the comments how comfortable or uncomfortable your driving experience was.