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Best Vehicles for Taller Larger Drivers

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    edited March 2012
    Hm, I didn't think they were ever offered over here with anything but an automatic. All you get in Europe is the 5 speed and a diesel, per Wiki.

    If the gas mileage was a bit better, (and maybe it would get over 30 highway with a tall 5th gear), I could live with the lack of oomph. Be fun to outfit the back as a camping rig and the 4 GB indash computer could be fun too.

    If Ford can sell a niche vehicle like this in the US and make a profit, you'd think someone would figure out that there are a lot of larger people needing comfortable rides who don't want something big on the outside like a King Ranch pickup.
  • jmactionjmaction Posts: 1
    Almost time to get a new car/SUV a commuter with decent MPG. Yep I am big also been shopping at big and tall since 9th grade. My old girlfriend wonder why we never took her SUV Jeep Sport and always my truck or my car it was always a stupid fight she thought she was tall at 5 foot 10 how cute. I pointed out my yoga to just get in and that the seat has to almost lie back to keep my head from hitting the roof. The seats, tired of thous bucket seats, they are not wide enough to expand past my shoulder blades at least that my experience. I do have a car a 72 Eldorado convertible but MPG is less than my truck but it has bench seats. When I ride my motorcycle I sit in the passenger seat very broad shoulders jacket is a 58. Did you try the Forester by Subaru? I know I am not getting a Yaris or Ford Focus, but I have about a 35 mile commute to work so MPG is going to be a factor
  • atpcliffatpcliff Posts: 1
    Hi!
    I am trying to find the vehicles with the most rear leg and headroom. Pretty much all the cars with enough room in the back for my son, at 6'7", have enough room for me in the front (6'5").

    What I really need doesn't exist, as I want a 4 dr hatchback, 4 wheel drive, used/new under $25K, with lots of storage space and at least 100 mpg, with a plug in to recharge the battery, and at least a 500 mile range.

    I will settle for a used car under $25K, that is under 100K miles.

    cliff
    MIA
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    I would suggest trying out the Golf/GTI. I'm not terribly sure it will accomodate the 2 of you, but I'm 6'5" and after setting the driver's seat to accomodate me, I could get in the back seat behind the driver's seat.

    Otherwise, what about an SUV? The Honda Pilot has huge rear leg room (at least our '03 did). As does the volvo XC90.

    OR, if sticking with cars, you have some large options out there like the Grand Marquis/Towncar, Ford 500/Taurus, and dodge Charger.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • bkenisbkenis Posts: 1
    I'm 6'5" (197cm) with normal proportions.
    I need to rent a European car and I will be forced to get a subcompact because of the prices ($150/day minimum in this particular area).

    I realize I will have to drive with some discomfort and tight space, but I have three choices I can afford:
    1.) 2010 Toyota Yaris
    2.) 2010 Suzuki Swift
    3.) 2011 Hyundai I10 / 2012 Kia Picanto (same frame?)

    The rental company has an employee my height who said the Swift will certainly be more comfortable than the Yaris, but the Hyundai is with a competing company.

    Can anyone please tell me how the Hyundai might compare in headroom/legroom to the Swift? I can't find the Swift dimensions, but the Hyundai seems to have 39.5" front headroom, but is narrower. The Hyundai is about 5% cheaper so I would prefer that IF I will fit.
  • Hi! I am about 6' tall and my current car (96 Toyota Camry) doesn't fit me correctly. My height is mostly in my torso, so when I sit properly in the car I can't see the stoplights. I had a 91 Camry before this and I fit into it fine. I am looking to swap out my car for a similar one with a bit more head room. Any suggestions?
  • scottbzzscottbzz Posts: 1
    I am 6'4 and my son is 6'6. I bought a 2006 Pontiac Torrent and it fits us with extra room. Great SUV. He rides comfortably in the back seat. I get 21 Highway. Great Vehicle. I have 105,000 miles on it and runs like new and never a problem.
  • bajababajaba Posts: 3
    When i first saw one of these i was impressed by the headroom so i had to go try one out now being close to 7' and 300+ lbs I've pretty much given up finding anything suitable and unfortunately this is no exception, yes the headroom is great but i couldn't even swing my legs in the door.
    I've been looking for the better part of a year now with no real luck although i have found dodge makes to be a fair bit roomier than most.
  • I'm 6'5" 380lb with 38 inseam.... and the only car in my budget i fit in was the newer style Scion xB. It's huge inside! Looks like a toaster but does 30mpg while commuting my 80 miles a day. (mine does 30mpg.. 90% interstate)

    It's as comfy as my old Expedition.. and didn't break the bank when bought.

    Wish I could have bought domestic but i could not fit in any domestic with similar mpg rating or even close to same price point.
  • I know a whole bunch about the xB. First off, I'm 6' 8" tall & (unfortunately) weigh 425lbs.; 2 years ago my wife & teenaged kids were walking around a car dealership lot & we came upon a 2004 Scion xB, my daughter begged me to get in it so she could post a funny picture on Facebook. In typical fashion, I always put the seat all the way back & lean the backrest way back & tilt the steering wheel all the way up to avoid a painful entry. When I climbed in (effortlessly), I was shocked & so was my entire family. It has unreal room inside & I actually had to tilt the backrest forward some. You sit up like a full size pickup truck would. The final test was shutting the door, for which was no problem. We took a test drive & pleasantly surprised. The 5 speed, with 1.5 engine was peppy and moved quickly. Max cruising speed is about 80 mph, it could go more, but why?? I bought a 2004 3 weeks later that had 90k miles, I spent about $800 putting on new tires, oil change, tune up, minor maintenance stuff & other than regular oil changes, I drove it another 60,000 miles as a daily commuter car on a 100 mile daily roundtrip.
    I just sold it recently for $1500 more than I paid for it. However I feel sick for doing so, I thought I wanted a more luxurious commuter car, but have realized, there are not too many out there under $10,000 that get over 25mpg's. The Scion xB on average always got 33mpg's & city driving 27mpg's. The only "cons" I can note are the nicknames I acquired when driving the xB, but they never bothered me & my favorite was Fred Flintstone. It is a basic, no frills car. It is very comfortable & dependable. There is some road noise, but not the type that gives you a headache. My air conditioner died after the first year of ownership. Toyota wanted $2200 to replace, I found a private mechanic who did it for $900 & no problems since.
    I loved my xB & feel dumb for letting it go, I'm now looking for another one. The newer body style xB's have the gear shift on the center dash now & I've not tried sitting in one yet, but pretty sure it will constrict my right leg room area.
    Hope this helps.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    The best way to find out if a vehicle suits your frame is to take it for a test-drive, but you can use this list to guide you as you decide which models to consider.

    Top 10 Best Cars for Tall Drivers for 2013
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    yeah, the disclaimer in that "article" tells all. It is a pretty useless list because it really comes down to seat adjustment. I've found that, in most vehicles that are comfy for me with an 8-way power seat are no good with a 4-way manual seat.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    That and the sunroof tip. If you've never had one and want one, but are tall, well, good luck.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    "We ranked each vehicle based on an average of headroom, hiproom and legroom, and all measurements shown are in inches."

    Top 10 SUVs and Crossovers for Tall Drivers for 2013
  • lindaloo4lindaloo4 Posts: 3
    My son is 7' tall with a 40" inseam. We are looking for a car but haven't found one that fits.
    Looking for cars that other very tall people are fitting in...
  • lindaloo4lindaloo4 Posts: 3
    What car did you finally settle with? My son is a 7 footer... 40" inseam...
    (I'm hope you still have this email! you post is from 2007!)
  • bradwilletbradwillet Posts: 4
    6'8", 350lbs, 36" inseam (tall torso), I fit well in my VW GTI, and it even has a sunroof! Skinny with longer legs would work well, and taller minus sunroof would work well.. If you are any wider than I, may have to downgrade to a regular Golf to get the less bolstered seats...
  • Thank you very much for the information. I will start checking them out soon. Ironically, my son (14 yrs old) is now 6'5" tall and growing. Skinny as a rail and we are pre-planning/searching for a good dependable & accomodating vehicle for him to drive when he turns 16-17.

    *I am currently driving a '08 Ford Taurus X Wagon and it is a little snug in the leg room department, but the gas & brake pedals have the adjustment feature that can put them closer up or further away & that makes all the difference. The gas mileage is approx. 22-23 on highway and 17 in the city. I would like to achieve 30+ on the highway since I drive an hour each way to work. Perhaps the Golf may be what I've been searching for? Thanks again.
  • I've been scouring the web for extended seat brackets for years. I finally came across a company that makes such brackets for several car makes. If you're like me (6' 9") and have extreme difficulty finding a car to fit, go to http://extendmyseat.com and see if they make the extended brackets for your car. I haven't made a purchase from this site and only want to inform the public about this option.
  • vexxavexxa Posts: 1
    tallguy 25, Thank you for the link to the seat extend brackets. My son is 6'7" and upwards of 450 lbs. So finding anything is a challenge. The VW New Beetle is the only one so far he manages to fit in without any modifications.
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