Automobiles for tall people
NOTE: This page has not been updated since 2008.
Purchasing an car is sometimes a difficult task for tall people. Sometimes it seems as though the automobile industry has never seen anyone who is over six feet tall. The following list is intended to assist tall people in finding a car that won't send them to the poor house or the chiropractor.
- Geo/Chevy Metro: Although it appears small from the outside, this car has a surprising amount of room in the front seat. For someone who is 6'5", there is headroom to spare, and forward visibility allows you to see many traffic lights without craning your neck. Sun visor blocks forward view. Front leg room is adequate. Forget about the back seats, though, they're only suitable for contortionists of any height. Unfortunately, this vehicle has not been produced since 2001.
- Toyota Prius: This has adequate driver's headroom, legroom, and forward visibility for a 6'5" person. Sun visor blocks forward view. Depending on the front seat position, rear legroom is acceptable, but rear headroom may be uncomfortable. You will definitely get complaints from tall people in the back seat if you hit a pothole or go over a speed bump too quickly.
- Hyundai Elantra: Adequate driver's headroom and legroom for a 6'5" person. Rear seat can accomodate tall people, however, they will feel as though they are crammed into an airline coach seat. Rear headroom is shallow.
- Hyundai Accent: My experience with this is only as a single day repair loaner. Although I was physically able to drive it, prolonged use would undoubtedly have caused neck and back pain. Forward view was difficult, with neck craning required for most stoplights. I did not test the back seat.
- Dodge Stratus (1996 Model): Low driver's head clearance, with a constant feeling of head or hair rubbing against ceiling. Adequate front leg room. Forward visibility restricted, with neck craning required for most stoplights. Back seat ceiling is lower and rear legroom is only acceptable when front seat adjusted forward. Tall people in back will definitely complain about any bump in the road.
- Ford Aspire (last made 1997): I'm 7'4" and except for crouching down to get into it, it's uncanny how much room I have. My legs (41 inch inseam) wrap around the steering wheel with room to turn it and close the door, and operate the clutch, brake and gas. My head is not plastered to the ceiling and I am not laying down. The aspires hold up and are easy to work on- my brother retired one at 267,000. They get 42mpg and have no bluebook value. I also can drive a Chevy Trailblazer or Jeep Liberty without sun roof, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Corolla LE. I can almost drive a Toyota Prius, Camry, Echo, Yarus. SmartCar, Nissan Altima or Maximus, Ford Focus or Cobalt. I used to be able to rent and drive the old Geo Metros but a more recent Chevy Metro didn't seem to work as well.
- Chevy Tahoe: Well it is a big one, but at 6 ft 8 inches and with 3 bad discs in my lower back I did not want to try and bend-duck-twist to get into a car. The seating is very comfortable - is actually is therapeutic for my lower back... the power seats let you adjust seat height and angel, even during driving, which is very nice. I definitely get complaints from people behind me in the back seat, to which I say - do you know who paid for this?