Jun
21

The 2014 Kia Cadenza offers 45.5 inches of maximum front legroom.

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Are you sick of “sardining” yourself into a bucket seat? Tired of driving with your kneecaps on the steering wheel? Fed up with banging your noggin on the headliner? If you’re over 6-feet tall and need a vehicle to accommodate your large frame, look no further. We’ve got you covered.

Other auto websites feature such articles as “10 Best Cars for Tall Drivers.” But once you cross out the unaffordable luxury cars, as well as the other vehicles that you have no intention of buying, you’re down to maybe one or two choices.

Our lists are different. For each class of vehicles, we provide multiple options for tall drivers. For example, of the 20-plus midsize cars on the U.S. market, we feature six cars that—in our judgment—best accommodate the long-legged.

For each featured vehicle, we provide the headroom and maximum legroom (in inches). Also included is “Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating,” as determined by the Consumer Guide Automotive editors who test drove the vehicles. “Driver Seating” weighs such factors as a tilt, telescopic, and/or power steering wheel; front-seat (power) adjustment; and visibility.

You’ll never know if a car is comfortable until you test drive it, but this is an excellent starter list. Good luck!

Subcompact Cars

2013 Kia Soul
Front Headroom: 40.2
Front Legroom:
42.1
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
7
Notable:
Doors are tall, meaning easy exit and entry for a subcompact.

2014 Nissan Cube
Front Headroom:
42.6
Front Legroom:
42.4
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
7
Notable:
Both front headroom and legroom are best in class. There’s no center armrest, though.

 

Compact Cars

2014 Chevrolet Cruze
Front Headroom: 39.3
Front Legroom:
42.3
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
7
Notable:
Wide-for-the-class body. Generous fore and aft seat travel.

2013 Hyundai Elantra
Front Headroom: 40.0
Front Legroom:
43.6
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
7
Notable:
Near-class-leading front legroom.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Front Headroom: 38.4
Front Legroom:
41.1
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
7
Notable:
Long seat tracks afford ample legroom for most anyone.

 

Midsize Cars

2013 Ford Fusion
Front Headroom: 39.2
Front Legroom:
44.3
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
8
Notable:
Our 6-foot-2 test driver found visibility to be much better than our 5-foot-4 driver did.

2013 Honda Accord Sedan
Front Headroom: 39.1
Front Legroom:
42.5
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
8
Notable:
Large door openings and a high roofline make entry and exit easy.

2014 Hyundai Sonata
Front Headroom:
40.0
Front Legroom:
45.5
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
8
Notable:
Best-in-class maximum front legroom.

2014 Kia Optima
Front Headroom: 40.0
Front Legroom:
45.5
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
8
Notable:
Ties Sonata for best front legroom. Formerly the official car of the NBA!

2014 Nissan Altima
Front Headroom:
40.0
Front Legroom:
45.0
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
8
Notable:
Just a half-inch shy of best-in-class legroom.

2013 Subaru Outback
Front Headroom:
40.8
Front Legroom:
43
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
8
Notable:
Two-tenths of an inch shy of best-in-class headroom.

 

Large Cars

2014 Chevrolet Impala
Front Headroom:
39.9
Front Legroom:
45.8
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
8
Notable:
Provides best-in-class front legroom.

2014 Hyundai Azera
Front Headroom:
40.3
Front Legroom:
45.5
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
8
Notable:
Legroom is nearly best in class.

2014 Hyundai Genesis
Front Headroom:
40.4
Front Legroom:
44.3
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
8
Notable:
Leads the segment in front headroom.

2014 Kia Cadenza
Front Headroom:
40.0
Front Legroom:
45.5
CG Rating for Room/Comfort/Driver Seating:
8
Notable:
Nearly tops in class in front legroom. Seats have side bolsters for support in spirited cornering, but are still long-haul comfortable.

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