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Best Cars for Tall People

Tall people encounter a different set of problems than their shorter counterparts when it comes to car shopping: seats that only slide so far, fixed steering wheels and claustrophobia-inducing headroom.

Finding a car that you comfortably fit in can be frustrating. We looked at vehicles that offer generous amounts of headroom and legroom — all vehicles had to have 40 inches or greater for both measurements — and features such as a tilting steering wheel and memory seats. We also considered ratings from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts, Edmunds consumers, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), when available. See our methodology for more. Now check out our top picks for the best cars for tall people.

Best sedans for taller drivers (plus one hatchback)

Sedans are generally falling out of favor among U.S. drivers as a whole, but many of them have surprisingly spacious interiors while also providing efficiency you won’t find in many trucks and SUVs.

2019 Hyundai Sonata

  • $20,300 MSRP
  • 4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.0 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (6 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA
    IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The Sonata offers a surprisingly spacious interior that gives tall drivers the room they need at an affordable price — but tall drivers aren’t the only ones who’ll enjoy this vehicle. With both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, the Sonata offers the convenience of connectivity. A tilt-and-telescope steering wheel is offered standard on the basic model which will allow you to adjust your steering wheel to the optimal position.

2019 Nissan Leaf

  • $29,990 MSRP
  • Not yet rated by KBB experts; 5.0 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (4 reviews)
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick

From the outside of this electric car, you may not believe that it is capable of comfortably fitting a tall person. On the contrary — the interior specs of this car shine. With both headroom and legroom comfortably higher than 40 inches, most tall people will be pleasantly surprised when taking a chance on this vehicle.

If you choose to drive the Nissan Leaf, you have two options: the traditional Nissan Leaf, and the Nissan Leaf Plus, with its more powerful battery, which will be available this spring (for purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the Leaf, which is out now). The Leaf couples efficiency with a generous amount of technology, and the Plus is set to offer even greater range. With NissanConnect EV, you will be able to pre-warm or cool your car through your phone before you even head to the parking lot, and it also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. An impressive sound system backed by Bose speakers — standard in the highest trim — and a high safety rating may take this vehicle to the top of an EV shopper’s list.

2019 Subaru Legacy

  • $22,545 MSRP
  • 4 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.6 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (9 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick+

There are a lot of nice standard features on the Legacy — and other Subarus — such as all-wheel drive and the EyeSight driver assistance package, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning and lane-keep assist. Taller drivers, however, might want to consider upgrading to the 2.5i Limited trim (2.5i is the base model) for memory seating, so you’ll be able to more comfortably share this sedan with a shorter driver, like a spouse or partner. Instead of constantly readjusting your seating position, you can simply have the car return to your ideal position.

Best SUVs for taller drivers

SUVs typically come to mind for taller drivers — many SUVs offer a spacious interior that gives the driver plenty of room to stretch.

2019 Subaru Forester

  • $24,295 MSRP
  • Not yet rated by KBB experts; 4.4 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (49 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Subaru Forester, like the Legacy, has standard all-wheel drive, but the line’s SUVs, including the Forester, have a higher perch for off-pavement adventures. In addition to EyeSight (described earlier), the Forester offers X Mode for better traction, albeit at the Forester Premium trim and higher. You’ll need to scale the trim ladder all the way to the top for memory seats, up to the highest Touring trim — though it does come with the bonus of not only remembering seat positions, but side mirror positions, too. However, a (manual) tilt/telescoping steering wheel is standard across trim levels. The Forester boasts 6.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and its optional wifi hotspot, raised roof rails, and panoramic moonroof can add to both the utility and enjoyment of this SUV.

2019 GMC Yukon

  • $49,600 MSRP
  • 4.3 out of 5 by KBB experts; 5.0 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (1 review)
  • not yet rated overall by NHTSA

When you think of large vehicles built for tall people, the GMC Yukon, the brand’s largest SUV, is an obvious choice. With more than 45 inches of legroom, this SUV can comfortably accommodate taller drivers and their tall passengers, thanks to the ability to seat up to eight. Connectivity does not have to stop when you are in the car with available 4G LTE wifi, up to 13 charging locations, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility. Plus, you have the option to upgrade to a heavy-duty trailering package that will allow you to haul up to 8,500 pounds with ease.

The Yukon is similar to other vehicles in the General Motors family, including the Chevy Tahoe and the Cadillac Escalade — however, the Yukon is designed to give drivers more of a luxury experience than the Tahoe at a lower price point than the Escalade.

2019 Toyota Highlander

    • $31,530 MSRP
    • 4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.1 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (8 reviews)
    • 5 stars NHTSA

IIHS Top Safety Pick

There are reasons why the Highlander is a favorite among all drivers, not just the long-legged ones — though its headroom and legroom is quite solid, at 40.7 inches and 44.2 inches, respectively. It’s got excellent outside safety ratings, plus Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite, which will detect pedestrians, keep you within lanes and even automatically apply the brakes if it detects an imminent collision — it comes standard even on the base, four-cylinder LE model. The base also comes with standard tilt/telescopic steering wheel, but memory seats are only available on upper trim levels. The biggest complaint about the Toyota Highlander, however, is that it does not come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, though your phone can still pair via Bluetooth.

2019 Honda CR-V

  • $24,350 MSRP
  • 4.8 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.2 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (26 reviews)
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick

With top safety ratings, this SUV provides a good balance of comfort and utility — still, taller drivers may want to consider upgrading to the EX-L or Touring models for memory seating capabilities, which allows drivers to adjust seats to their own customized settings. Upgrading also brings Honda Sensing, available on the EX and above, to provide a collision mitigation braking system, a road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist system — each of these mechanisms can help your driving experience to be safer every time. Available multi-angle rearview camera, blind spot information system, and HondaLink can take your driving experience to the next level.

Best trucks for taller drivers

Trucks combine capability with comfort to allow any taller driver to enjoy their ride. With many popular truck models emerging from redesigns as of publication, we’re focusing on two, a heavy-duty model and a mid-size truck, that seemed especially well-suited.

2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

  • $37,600 MSRP
  • 4.1 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.0 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (1 review)

Large trucks have a reputation for spacious interiors, and the Chevy Silverado 2500HD is no different. This truck is designed for functionality and has plenty of space for taller drivers, though the truck bed can still be made accessible for your shorter companions with a standard CornerStep rear bumper. You can tow up to 18,100 pounds with heavy-duty truck. And utility doesn’t have to outshine technology or entertainment — the Silverado 2500HD has an available Bose sound system. With a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, available on the LT model, you can increase the comfort of your drive.

2019 GMC Canyon

    • $27,600 MSRP
    • 4.2 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (2 reviews)
  • 4 stars NHTSA

You may not want or need capabilities of a larger truck — a smaller truck can provide you some of the same utility without the higher price tag of a large truck. The GMC Canyon can provide comfortable seating for taller drivers with functional capabilities. The Canyon can tow up to 7,700 pounds with certain models, and it can be aided by features such as trailer sway and hill assist start. You’ll be able to haul recreational equipment and launch boats smoothly with this truck.

Ways to finance the best cars for tall people

Once you find the vehicle that fits your standards and your size, it is time to move forward. If you are considering financing, then you should research multiple lenders before finalizing a deal. Some potential lenders to consider include credit unions, banks or online lenders.

Apply to more than one lender and compare your options. Decide which financing option is best for you before you head to the car lot. Dealerships may make a profit off of your loan in addition to the car itself, so go in with a preapproved auto loan. Once you have that offer in hand, you can ask the dealer to beat it onsite. If they cannot beat it, then be prepared to move forward with the preapproved deal.

If you aren’t sure where to get started, LendingTree can help you find potential auto loan offers. Simply fill out an online form and receive up to five potential offers from lenders at one time, instead of filling out five different lender applications. This allows you to save time and find a good deal quickly so that you can upgrade to the car of your dreams.

Methodology

We considered nearly two dozen vehicles, eliminating any that did not receive at least 3 stars from KBB experts and Edmunds consumers, and 4 stars from NHTSA.The list was further narrowed when we discarded vehicles with anything less than 40 inches of both headroom and legroom. This left only vehicles that had spacious front seating areas and good reviews from both drivers and experts. Reviews and MSRPs are current as of publication.

Taller drivers are advised to use this research to narrow down their own lists, taking top pick(s) for a test drive. Though headroom and legroom measurements give you an idea of a car’s comfort, there is little oversight on how the measurements are taken across manufacturers.

 

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