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Best Vehicles for Tall and/or Large Drivers



  • I have driven lots of cars, looking for one where I can see out the top of the windshield. Here's what I've found

    1. Hyundai Sonata, 2006 model only, is gives the most room.

    2. Toyota Camry XLE (Not the LE models) comes in a second place. I simply cannot see out the top of the glass.

    I also drove the Suburu Forester, which had a commanding view of the road. But it squeezed me in left and right.

    I also demand a quiet ride, with very few giggles, and almost no wind noise. Oh, how I miss my 1948 Chevy truck, which had none of these but I was young, and nothing bothered me.

    I've been in all the Ford products and I held out the most hope for Taurus. I find it is made for tiny people.
  • Buick Rendezvous. I'm 6'9" 270 lbs 38" inseam and relatively long arms. It's the only vehicle I could find that fits me comfortably and safely. You may not love the looks, but it hauls 7 people in comfort, theres room behind drivers seat for a full sized passenger and head room too. We took a trip with me driving and 5 other adults and everyone was comfortable. It's not sporty but we big family guys can't have it all.
  • Your right leg hitting the center console doesn't bother you? Wouldn't you prefer a split bench seat in the front?
  • Not at all. This is the only vehicle I found where that isn't a problem. The footwell is wide, and it has tilt steering. The power seat adjusts enough that my legs feel well supported on long drives. The only truck I found that would fit me was the Ford F-350, lots of room, but not exactly a family vehicle.
  • Today I sat in a 2006 Passat and found it to have an unusual amount of leg room. I am 6' 5" and found the leg room generous and much greater than the 2005 Passat. This appears to be largely as a result of letting the driver's seat go very far back. I am actually looking for a station wagon and I read Passat will not have one here until the mid 2006 year. If the station wagon has the same generous legroom, I may consider this car. I am less than 190 pounds so I cannot say how a heavier person would feel in this car.
  • Well I have just began car shopping.....I am a 6-5 1/2, real long legs, I am thin in terms of weight...I have tried 3 cars so far.

    I tried out the Honda Element- Great in terms of head room..but the drivers seat doesn't go that far back,(no telescopic wheel which is useless anyway unless seat can go way back) streering wheel doesn't seem to tilt very high either.With all that room behind me in the rear seat of the element you would think they would have the seat go back farther...people in back seat would still have good smount of room.

    Ford escape- headroom was decent, I could live with it.
    but again seat doesn't go back very far and no telescopic wheel.

    PT cruiser- this was without a doubt the biggest surpise.
    I read few posts on here saying it was good for tall people, so I tried it out.Headroom was excellant,and very room overall, the seats go almost all the way back, and it just felt very spacious all around while I was sitting in it, only drawback was no telescopic wheel- but honestly as comfortable was I felt, I could be be comfrotable in that car without one.

    As I test out more.and and sit and test them.I will post
  • millspdmillspd Posts: 106
    the xB may have been covered previously, so forgive me if this is a repeat.

    I'm 6'4", 250 lbs. and pretty long legs. The Scion xB was amazing. I had the seatback straight up and still had an incredible amount of headroom. I had the drivers seat all the way and then climbed in behind the drivers seat and had an amazing amount of head and leg room.

    It is a box on wheels, but that box shape gives you a great amount of interior room and it's a good price to boot.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    Ditto on the xB - just excellent for tall drivers.

    I have also recently been impressed by the 2006 RAV4's room both front and back.
  • oakwiltoakwilt Posts: 12
    Any experience with the new Civic, Hyundai Azera, Buick
    Lucerne or any of the other newly introduced vehicles for
    leg and head room? Especially anyone 6'6" or taller.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi oakwilt. You might want to visit the individual discussions on each of those vehicles to ask the owners. I think you'll get more feedback that way. The Browse by Vehicle search on the left side of the page will find them for you, but let me know if you need any help.
  • This is probably a very stupid question but I can't find the answer anywhere on google!

    What is the difference between leg room and hip room? For a tall driver, is one measure more important than the other?
    If a car has a lot of hip room but not much leg room, would this necessarily indicate that there isn't going to be much room for the driver?

  • I'm 6'6" and tried a 2006 VW Passat without a sunroof --
    found head and leg room quite good. The center console
    did intrude on my right leg, but that is typical these days. It is the only car I can remember where the headrest
    sits appropriately tall for my height. I was recently rear ended and am most conscious of this issue. An added feature of the Passat headrest that I like is that it moves
    forward automatically in a rear collision in order to
    delimit the amount of whiplash.
  • abfischabfisch Posts: 591
    Every once in awhile I get onto this thread and renews my inner vision of getting my 02 Avalon with a bench seat. It is too bad, most full size cars, including the new Avalon, do not offer that option, with few exceptions such as the Impala and Crown Vic. I am 74 inches. At above that, I think there is not enought seat travel for the Avalon.

    It seems the manufacturers force many bigger people into trucks. That is unfortunate in many aspects.

  • rjcsmallrjcsmall Posts: 1
    I'm 6'4" looking for a new car. My situation is more complicated by the fact that I want factory leather and it's difficult to get a leather interior without a sunroof. I tried about 50 different cars and only 1 had headroom with a sunroof:
    Jaguar S-type

    I would have bought the Jaguar in an instant but the reliability stats scared me off.
    I currently have a 2006 Avalon Touring model on order without a sunroof. Headroom is acceptable. The Touring edition is the only one you can get with factory leather without the sunroof and half the Toyota dealers will tell you that it can't be ordered that way.
    This has been an incredibly frustrating experience. At 6'4" I don't think I'm exceptionally tall but only about 1% of the cars I tried fit.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    Try an Accord. I have owned an '03 wi sunrrof and fit no problem. And an '05 hybrid - no sunroof. Plenty of room front and back. Telescoping wheel helps a lot. I am also 6' 4".
  • aauno1aauno1 Posts: 2
    What type of store will extend the seat track so I can get an additional 2 inches of rear travel. My knees hit the dash, so I'm trying to move further back.
  • 719b719b Posts: 216
    the seat tracks aren't extended. what they do is move the existing tracks back a few inches.
    the dealer won't do this for you due to liability issues, but you can get most to recommend a shop that will do it.
    another place to look is any shop that does conversions. it takes less than an hour to do and will cost in the neighborhood of $100 per seat.
  • lopzlopz Posts: 22
    I often find that even when I can move driver's seat back far enough to be comfortable legwise, I now cannot reach the wheel without having to lean my upper back and shoulders too forward, which becomes almost unbearable in long drives. Is there a way to have steering wheels telescope further out than manufacturer's set up?
  • smith1smith1 Posts: 283
    There are two safety concerns with moving the driver's seat farther back than the rearmost factory position:

    1) Depending on the fore/aft positioning of the side pillar attachment point of the seat belt, moving the seat farther back may result in inadequate tension on the shoulder portion of the seat belt, which could affect its performance.

    2) In a vehicle with seat-mounted side airbags, moving the seat farther back may reduce their effectiveness.

    I'd think twice about doing this.
  • 6ft4lady6ft4lady Posts: 4
    hi im new and im not sure of how 2 ask my question, i need help from anyone who can help!
    i have just passed my drivers and im looking for a car.
    the problem is im 6ft 4 and i need an automatic as i have a bad left ankle.
    it also needs to b not too long as i find parking difficult in the bigger cars!
    head room isnt usually a prob but leg room is desperatly needed!
    my inside leg is 102cm/40inches!

    any ideas what make of car will be ideal for me??
    many thanks in advance!

    6ft 4 lady
  • 6ft4lady6ft4lady Posts: 4
    hi im new and im not sure of how 2 ask my question, i need help from anyone who can help!
    i have just passed my drivers and im looking for a car.
    the problem is im 6ft 4 and i need an automatic.
    it also needs to b not too long as i find parking difficult in the bigger cars!
    any ideas what make of car will be ideal??
    many thanks in advance!

    6ft 4 lady
  • wwbtnwwbtn Posts: 1
    Has anyone tried the Acura TL? I am 6 ft 5 in with a medium build. Most sedans with electric seats, tilt wheels, and a sunroof allow adequate room for that body type. Every car is different, however.
  • alston28alston28 Posts: 97
    I'm 6'5", too. The TL is way too small for me. But, I don't like anything with a center console.
  • 6ft4lady6ft4lady Posts: 4
    has anyone tall tested a peugeot 1007 automatic?
    or a peugeot 307 automatic?
    or any automatic that has good leg room??

  • worrworr Posts: 45
    This one is worth taking out for a spin...if you don't mind the sporty looks and the price tag. You can swim laps inside the thing! The interior is probably the same as the Magnum.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Fancy seeing YOU here. :) I agree, the Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 is very roomy. I almost went with the Charger, and sometimes think I should have, but it is a bit bland on the inside. Slowly but surely, the cars are getting better. If I could get a Charger with all the technology inside the Impala, I would have been totally satisfied. Maybe NEXT car. :)
  • worrworr Posts: 45
    Yes, the interior is lacking...especially for extra $.

    If it was priced the same as the Impala SS I would be driving one now. I still appreciate the extra room. I even would say (from our other discussion) it does better on the gas than the 5.3 in real practice.

    BTW...used these chargers are holding their price better than the SS.
  • 6ft4lady6ft4lady Posts: 4
    does it have good leg room?
  • worrworr Posts: 45

    Leg room is my number one criteria...and not just front to back, but in the knees to the side.

    The Altima has a tish more leg room, but as long as I can put the seat all the way back and then straighten my leg with my knee locked I'm satisfied. Then I look to see if my knee will hit any thing to the side like a center column.

    Other than that...the Charger has too much room. The seats in the R/T as well as the Daytona are much better than the regular leather seats. Nice side bolstering. But still over all the thing is swimming with space. It is just too high priced for a similiarly priced Impala SS.
  • togadelictogadelic Posts: 21
    i am 6'5 and 400lbs

    I drive a honda crv

    I have driven it 30k miles in this first year with multiple 17 hour trips in it going back and forth from iowa to texas

    very comfortable

    headroom is good

    the lack of a center console really helps

    i just wish it had some more power

    it has more real room inside of it that even the pilot
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