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@tallguy--you a big guy! It's those long legs that are often the dealbreaker. I have 34" inseam and on my Mini Cooper I can adjust the seat TOO far back to drive safely, so probably there's room for you leg-wise, and a nice 6 speed manual transmission. But being 6-9" I can't predict headroom. I agree with texases, though, sunroofs may not be an option for you, as you'll lose at least 1/2" headroom---and you're going to need as much of that as you can find. Honda Fit is a nice little car if you can "fit". CAVEAT: I'm talking about the 2014 Fit--the earlier models are nice enough but noisy and choppy for the long distance. I hear the 2014 has corrected much of that--but haven't driven one. Amazing room for its size, though.
I took my Tiguan in for oil change and tire rotation today and I thought I'd try on a few vehicles why at the dealership. Accord, Passat, Golf, and GTI are a no go. I was really hopeful on the GTI (it's a killer sweet ride), but it was just to tight. There's so many factors that go into a comfortable ride though. The angle of your legs is a huge deciding factor for me. All of these cars made me feel like I was riding a go-cart.
However, I did fit in a Beetle! It was a very roomy and comfortable ride. I even test drove a manual model... I have a feeling I've found my next ride.
It's been a sleeper car for the "wide bodied" crowd for years now. The new New Beetles lost a lot of visibility, if not interior room, so glad to hear that you taller folks still fit.
It's the Man Bug!
My sons aren't nearly as tall as you -- 6'3" -- but they could fit in my old Maxima with ease. They really liked it. Isn't the Altima pretty much the same size now?
Sadly, no... the altima definitely has much less room. I sat in both a new Maxima and a new altima. My knees where rubbing against the dash in the altima. In the maxima, my knees were a good 3" from hitting the dash.
I recently wound up in a 2013 Dodge Journey crossover SUV as a rental vehicle for a couple
of weeks. I was surprised and impressed by the head and leg room for the driver. I'm 6'6"
and had room to spare. The Journey is kind of a so-so vehicle in general, but if you need
the extra room, it is definitely worth considering. Google the reviews because certain
years and configurations are problematic. I particularly appreciated the ability to lower
the driver's seat ( much more than typical ) such that head room was wonderful. I did
not have to move the seat all the way back.
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