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Best Vehicles for Tall and/or Large Drivers



  • Just get your seats moved back on the track! I had my Nissan Rogue seats moved back five inches. My family has been going to the same interior and seat fabric company in the Minneapolis area for 30 years. It cost $200 per seat. The company does a lot of similar work for tall sports stars. Many question whether insurance will be affected by the alteration, but handicapped people are getting car alterations all the time.
  • I had thought about that.. ive always been told if effects the air bag system and due to liability no one will do it any more.. was told it also voids the warranty on the car, and effects the insurability
  • The best tall cars have a large roofline height; vertical distance from the floor to where the window meets the roof. Sadly, manufacturers only provide the headroom measurement, which is dependent on seat height and that changes from one car to the next.
    You can find a list of car roofline height measurements by googling "roofline height"
    You can modify seats, but you can't raise the roof, so get a car with a high one!
  • I'm 6;7 and had an 03 Altima that was very comfortable. My Audi A6 though has been the most roomy sedan yet. I didn't even need to have the seat all the way back. needless to say, no one could still sit behind me though. lots of leg room and shoulder room for a sedan. Memory seat and steering wheel a perk too. makes it easier to get in and out of car without manually adjusting each time.
  • mkay3mkay3 Posts: 1
    Have anyone gave the Hyundai Elantra a try? I'm wondering if it's roomy. :)
  • Is there a vehicle that would be best for size 15 shoe. My husband is 6'5" tall, 280 # and has not found a vehicle that has sufficient foot room, and sometimes hits accelerator instead of brake. Help!__

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,638

    well... hate to be the one to say it, but sounds more like user error. I'm the same height as your husband, sporting size 14s, and while I understand the plight of having insufficient foot room, it is more of a problem of preventing me from heel-toe shifting than driving normally. I even owned an Alfa Spider for 10 years. I have, on occassion, caught the side of my foot on the accelerator, but I've never ever missed the brake pedal entirely.

    Having said all that, he may be more comfortable in something that has very wide footwells and well-spaced pedals (and only 2 pedals), such as a larger SUV or minivan. I certainly don't have any issue with foot room in my wife's Town & Country.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • tallguy_25tallguy_25 Posts: 6
    edited January 2014

    I recently let my wife start driving my very roomy Tiguan a few months ago, which meant I had to start driving her '05 Ford Focus ZX3. I'm 6'9" with about a 36" inseam; my torso is long but legs are too. More than 20 minutes in the focus is painful... Luckily, my work commute is right at 20 minutes.

    So, I'm in the market again looking for a solution. I'm seriously considering making some extended rails for the focus driver seat giving me an additional 3" of leg room. That will only make the headroom worse though since I'll have to sit up more vertically in order to reach the steering wheel. The other solution of course is to find a new vehicle.

    I went looking yesterday and found two unexpectedly roomy cars: 2013 Maxima and a 2006 BMW 325i.

    One plus to driving the focus is that it has taught me to drive a manual shift car, which I now love... I definitely want my next car to have a manual transmission. I have good luck with VW cars. I think I'll try the GTI, Golf, and Passat next.

  • texasestexases Posts: 7,896

    I've found the GTI/Golf (without sunroof) quite roomy, as well as the Honda Fit and the Scion Xb. I'm 6'5" with a 34" inseam so I need LOTS of headroom.

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,445
    edited January 2014

    @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.

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  • 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.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683

    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.

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  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,237

    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?

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  • 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.

  • 6' 9" tall guy again... I went to GMC/Buick dealership today and sat in Terrain, Regal, and Lacrosse.

    • Believe what people say about the Terrain; it's probably one of the roomiest SUV's you'll find, especially in the small suv class.
    • The regal has pretty decent legroom but the headroom is about like an accord (my head was nearly touching the ceiling). This was my only serious contender since it comes in a manual trans.
    • I was skeptical that the Lacrosse can actually fit Shaq... I was wrong, it's super roomy. Nothing comes close except Charger/300/Magnum... Maxima isn't far off though. If you can stomach the notion of driving a Buick, Lacrosse will fit any tall dude.

    I'm still on the hunt for the right vehicle. I've recently made a list of my "must have's":

    1. I must fit
    2. Must have a manual transmission
    3. Must have 4 doors (sedan preferably... perhaps a crossover).
    4. Must have a combined 29-30 mpg.
    5. Must not exceed $20K (used is fine with me of course)

    I'll likely try out the Scion XB next. Anyone have luck with it? It's one of the cars that makes seat extenders for too... And with what seams to be ample headroom, the XB sounds like a good contender.

  • texasestexases Posts: 7,896

    I came close to buying an xB, partly because of the HUGE amount of headroom (make sure you lower the seat).

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,638

    yup, xB is really roomy from the driver's seat.

    I haven't tried it out myself, but someone here at the office has a Soul and says the headroom is quite generous. I've heard similar things about the Honda Fit and Suzuki SX4, too, but, again, haven't tried them myself.

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  • joeytoesjoeytoes Posts: 1
    edited June 2014

    Hello all,

    I'm 6'7" 190 pounds, 38" inseam, I've worked in the car business most of my life and here is my rundown on what fits me and others in my ballpark.

    Toyota Tundra Regular Cab 2007+, I almost feel like a normal person would in that truck!
    Toyota Tacoma extended cab 2005+, not nearly as good as the Tundra but very comfortable seats and lots of legroom

    Pontiac Grand Prix, I sat in a year 2000 with no moonroof of course and it was such a surprise, it has tons of legroom, the most I've ever felt in a car with the exception of a S500 coupe or Sedan.

    Oldsmobile Intrigue, the one everyone talks about. It is really nice but it didn't have as much legroom as the Grand Prix does. I haven't sat in a coupe yet but people say it has even more legroom would be awesome!

    2004 and newer BMW 5-series have very comfortable seats and tons of legroom and headroom, it's an expensive car to maintain but it's worth it for the room.

    Mercedes ML350 05 and newer, very tall seat, very good legroom and tons of headroom. I drove a 2009 ML320 diesel for a while and it was incredibly comfortable!

    Mercedes S430-500 1999 and newer, the most legroom ever encountered however it lacks headroom that us tall folks strive on, moving the back of the seat to a near vertical position makes vision almost impossible through the windshield.

    Mini Coopers are nice but the bottom of the seats give zero thigh support, lots of legroom and headroom but definitely not a winner in my book.

    VW GTI, Jetta, Tiguan, Golf 2006 and newer have the most comfortable seats, they are tall enough to be supportive of our tall torso's and the legroom is superb.

    Land Rover LR3, the most comfortable SUV I've ever sat in, like the Mercedes ML, it has a very tall seat and it has plenty of legroom, I would definitely buy one of these.

    If I had to pick 3 cars from cheap to expensive,

    Grand Prix Sedan or Coupe

    VW Golf/GTI

    Land Rover LR3

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  • texasestexases Posts: 7,896

    I don't get why hip room is part of the calculation.

  • bigjrex28bigjrex28 Posts: 1

    I'm almost 6'11" Big guy at almost 400lbs with longer legs than torso My mom is 5'6" and my hips are at her neck so leg room is thB e key issue I've sat in numerous "Big" modeled newer cars with no luck. So i've turned to older model cars; Chrysler 300m's, Bonneville's, Big older caddies old town cars but unfortunately dont have means of getting to the cars to try them, I know that's a key part of finding cars because some people fit differently in cars based on body type but im just hoping to get some suggestions. I only have about 4 grand to spend on the car. Thanks to any contributions :smile:

  • I am 6'4" and have test sat about 30 cars recently. SUVs, crossovers, Hatchbacks, trucks. Basically from a Mini to a Silverado and any thing in between. No sedans as I don't want one. Yes there are quite a few cars with ample leg and head room for tall guys but on most of these cars the seats are horrible. The back rest is too short. They are not contoured for the spine of tall people. The lumbar support is too low and they don't provide any shoulder support. In addition there are some new NHTSA requirements in regards to head restraints. On many cars they are now too much forward and bend your head forward offering no shoulder support at all. One example: Subaru. The seats on the Outback are just horrible for tall guys. Or Volvo with the headrests which are not adjustable at all.
    Also I am not happy with VW. I actually bought a brand new Golf VII about two weeks ago after I test drove it and liked it. Enough head and leg room. But after one day owning it I got back neck and back pain. I had to return it to the dealer. So after test sitting many more cars I seem to have found one.
    The only seat which seems to work for me comes from BMW. BMW offers an optional luxury seating package with 20 way multi contoured seats. The seat has a high backrest which has a shoulder section that can be moved forward. Plus the seat cushion can be extended for better leg support for long legs. Unfortunately they only offer these seats on the 5 series, 7 series and the X5. Also finding a used one with these seats is not easy since not many BMW are sold with these. I am not sure yet I want to spend that much money.

  • abellowsabellows Posts: 2
    edited February 2015
    Greetings! I just bought a used 2013 Ford Edge SE and it is awesome for me. I'm 6'5, 220# and fit into it nicely without that "stuffed in" feeling. The seat is pretty unique (at least to me). There is a handle that "pumps" up the lumbar support and a different handle that "pumps" up the seat under your thighs. Add in a telescoping steering wheel and there are many different seating options.
    The seat is also wide and I have yet to feel any discomfort in my hips.
    There is also tons of headroom with a nice big windshield but without the feeling of driving an aquarium.
    The problem lies in the fold down back seat(s). They won't lay completely flat unless the the front seats are inched up a bit. I don't know if the back headrests can be removed (that's the solution if they can be...ahem, Ford). I haven't sat in the back but it looks spacious.
    In conclusion, if you're tall, and even if you're not, give the Edge a test drive. It's a great looking crossover with a great ride and plenty of room for us skyscrapers!
  • texasestexases Posts: 7,896
    I'm the same size, and that's one reason we bought our MKX (99.9% same as an Edge). Very roomy. Do you have a sunroof?
  • @texases No sunroof. I've noticed that sunroofs really takeaway from headroom space and almost everyone that has them keep them closed anyway. :)
  • texasestexases Posts: 7,896
    Same here. Our MKX doesn't have one, but it's getting harder to find cars without them.
  • Hey ya'll! Looking for something automatic in the $2000-2500 range. My son just had a spine surgery and is going to be in a lot of pain for a while... he's 6'7", longer legs than torso. He was driving a Focus that had him very cramped, and his ex wife kept that in the divorce... so I'd like to find him something he can get in/out of comfortably and where he isn't all scrunched up while driving.

    He has an 8 month old, so I'm looking for a 4 door to make loading the car seat less of a hassle.

    Any suggestions for something that might be relatively easy to find? I'd love to be able to surprise him bu picking him up from it when we bring him home from his surgery rehab in a couple weeks. Thanks!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Not much of a budget, seeing as how used cars have really gone up in price. An older minivan might fit the bill too, although your son may hate that idea, especially if he decides to get back in the dating scene. :)

    My 6'4" friend likes his Expedition.
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