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Published June 16, 2021
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Car buying for anyone can be a challenge, with having to consider so many options like fuel economy, cargo space and affordability.
But for tall people, looking for new cars or used cars can be even more of a challenge, as they consider headroom and legroom that make all the difference for a comfortable driving experience for their added height.
However, there are a variety of compact, midsize and large cars that can accommodate taller drivers. We recommend that tall people take any cars they’re considering buying for a test drive when they get to the dealership to make sure they have the room they need.
The best cars for tall drivers have plenty of room, including plenty of headroom in the front seats and rear seats. Room in the back seat needs to be considered, as the tall person may not always be driving the vehicle, but also riding as a passenger.
A good car for a tall person needs to have a comfortable driving position. A telescoping steering wheel could be a good option for a tall person, to allow for lots of space the driver could need in the driver’s seat.
Although “mini” is part of its name, the Mini Cooper is surprisingly big on space, with 40.3 inches of front headroom, 41.4 inches of front legroom and 36.9 inches and 30.8 inches of second row headroom and legroom.
The zippy, fun-to-drive Mini is available as a two-door or four-door compact hatchback that can seat four and five people. It can get up to 32 mpg.
The base price of the 2-door hatchback is about $22,000, and the base price of a four-door is about $23,000.
According to U.S. News and World Report, the subcompact hatchback Kia Soul has “adult-friendly seating in both rows, generous cargo space, and a wealth of optional features.”
Front headroom measures 39.4 inches, front legroom, 41.1 inches, and second row headroom and legroom are 39.5 inches and 38.8 inches.
The Soul is a budget friendly car with a lot of room, with base price new starting at $17,500.
The midsize Hyundai Sonata makes frequent appearances on “best of” lists. Its attributes include roomy seats, good fuel economy (up to 38 mpg), loads of standard features and excellent overall affordability.
The Sonata seats five, and provides front headroom and front legroom of 40 inches and 46.1 inches. Second row headroom measures 37.4 inches, and second row legroom is 34.8 inches. Starting price is about $24,000.
The ever popular midsize Honda Accord is known for its luxurious and spacious interior, which includes front headroom of 39.5 inches, front legroom of 42.3 inches, second row headroom, 37.3 inches and second row legroom, 40.4 inches.
The Honda Accord is also gas efficient, getting up to 38 mpg, and offers great handling and an energetic ride. Base price starts at around $25,000.
Another popular midsize sedan, the Subaru Legacy seats five and offers 39.4 inches and 42.8 inches of front headroom and legroom, and second row headroom and legroom of 37.2 inches and 39.5 inches. Its cabin is described as roomy, with comfortable seats.
All-wheel drive makes the Subaru Legacy stand out in its class. It can get up to 35 mpg on the highway. Starting price new is around $23,000.
Great gas mileage (up to 39 mph) and comfy, roomy seats make the midsize Nissan Altima a good buy for taller drivers. The front seat offers 38 inches of headroom and 43.8 inches of legroom. The second row has 36.7 inches of headroom and 35.2 inches of legroom.
Base price is about $24,000.
The cabin of the Jeep Wrangler has grown over the years, and now has 42.6 inches of front headroom and 41.2 inches of front legroom. Backseat passengers will find 41.7 inches of headroom and 35.7 inches of legroom.
The iconic compact SUV gets up to 29 mpg and has customizations and a trim level to suit every driver and their outdoor adventures and hobbies. Starting price new is around $29,000.
Pros of the practical Subaru Forester include good fuel economy, an easy-to-use infotainment system, standard all-wheel drive, and most importantly for tall drivers, roomy passenger and cargo space.
The compact SUV has front headroom of 40.2 inches, and legroom of 43.3 inches. Second row headroom and legroom measure 37.7 inches and 39.4 inches. Starting price for the Forester is about $25,000.
Full size SUVs are a good choice for a tall driver, including the Chevrolet Tahoe, which has front headroom and legroom of 42.3 inches and 44.5 inches. Second row headroom and legroom measure 38.9 inches and 42 inches.
Perfect for a larger family, the Chevy Tahoe also has a third row of seating, with headroom and legroom of 38.2 inches and 36.7 inches. U.S. News and World Report describes the Tahoe’s interior and cargo space as huge, and the SUV can tow almost anything, so load up the family for that vacation of boating or camping.
Starting price new is $49,600.
Adults can sit comfortably in all three rows of seating in the luxurious cabin of the GMC Yukon.
Front seat passengers will find 42.3 inches of headroom and 44.5 inches of legroom. The second row measures 38.9 inches of headroom and 42 inches of legroom, while the third row has 38.2 inches of headroom and 34.9 inches of legroom. The full-size SUV gets decent gas mileage for its class - up to 27 mpg gallon.
The GMC Yukon was completely redesigned for 2021. Starting price is about $51,000.
Available as a two-row or three-row SUV with seating for up to eight, the Ford Expedition boasts ample space for passengers and gear. The Expedition has 42 inches of front headroom and 43.9 inches of front legroom. The second row has 40 inches of headroom and 41.5 inches of legroom for back seat passengers.
Drivers will love the Expedition’s powerful engine, and good gas mileage (up to 23 mpg) and towing capacity for its class. Base price starts at around $49,000.
Pickup trucks can offer the taller driver plenty of room to accommodate height, and the Chevrolet Colorado is no exception. This four-door pickup allows 41.4 inches of headroom and 45 inches of legroom in the front, and 38.3 inches of headroom and 35.8 inches of legroom in the second row.
In addition to lots of room, the Chevy Colorado has powerful V6 and turbodiesel engine options, high towing capacity and offers a smooth ride with good gas mileage - up to 30 mpg. Starting price is around $25,000.
The GMC Canyon is similar to the Chevrolet Colorado, offering similar front headroom and front legroom of 41.4 inches and 45 inches, and 38.3 inches and 35.8 inches of second row headroom and legroom.
Like the Colorado, the Canyon gets a decent 30 mpg on the highway, and drivers will find responsive handling and a user-friendly infotainment system, according to U.S. News and World Report. Starting price is $26,400.
Tall drivers looking for new cars may have to do a little more research and test driving to find a vehicle that feels comfortable as both a driver and passenger.
At EchoPark, we offer great pricing on used cars, and our Experience Guides can assist taller people with scheduling that needed test drive, so browse our inventory and give as a call today.