Does your head scrape the ceiling when you enter the car? Do your knees ache as you sit cramped up in the back seat? Do you feel like you’d rather just walk the five miles to the grocery store instead of enduring another ride in your small car?
If that’s you, you probably need a bigger vehicle (although, not necessarily the vehicle shown above). Luckily, there are an assortment of vehicles that offer generous interior dimensions, making them the perfect choices for the tallest of drivers. If you’ve been considering a new car, you may want to go for one of the roomy options mentioned below. Before you go out looking in used cars, see which vehicles you should be targeting…
If you’re a tall driver, you understand the frustration of scraping your head against the roof of a car. You probably think to yourself, “gee, it’d be nice to just take this roof right off!”
Well, that’s possible in the Jeep Wrangler. Thanks to the removable top, a tall driver will never have to crouch and strain their neck in order to fit in their vehicle. Furthermore, while most convertibles don’t offer a whole lot of room to spread out, the interior dimensions of the Wrangler are quite generous. As the website notes, you can even remove the doors if you’re seeking even more interior room!
While AutoBytel.com uses a 2015 model as an example, any recent Wrangler will fit the bill. A 2010 model comes in around $15,000 to $20,000, quite the affordable price for a Jeep.
You may take one look at this mid-size sedan and think “no way.” However, the Optima offers surprisingly roomy interior dimensions, making it an underrated choice for the tallest of drivers. With 40-inches of head room and 45.5-inches of legroom, you’re looking at specs that rival vehicles from entirely different classes.
Need even more convincing? Some of the brand’s most popular commercials feature NBA star Blake Griffin. If the 6-foot, 10-inch athlete can fit into the car, we’re confident you can too.
We would normally suggest opting for an older Optima, but what’s the point? If you come across a 2015 model, you should only expect to pay $15,000. This is a remarkable value for a one-year-old car.
While we’re on the topic of surprises, we might as well mention another mid-size sedan: the Honda Accord. The specs might not be as generous as those in the Optima, but they’re still enough to make any real-life giant happy. The 39.1-inches of headroom is sufficient room for the tallest occupant, and the 42.5-inches of legroom gives them plenty of room to spread out.
If you’re underwhelmed by these dimensions, understand that similar rival vehicles don’t come close to matching these specs. With the Accord and Optima, you’re truly getting the roomiest mid-size sedans on the market.
So how much will a used Accord cost? There aren’t too many 2015 models lying around used car lots, but 2014 models typically sell for less than $15,000.
Now this is a vehicle that looks like it caters to tall drivers. In fact, as AutoBytler.com notes, the GMC Terrain seems like it was designed for tall families!
We know what you’re thinking: sure, the front dimensions might be sufficient, but the rear dimensions are presumably lacking.
Well, you’d be half right. The front dimensions are certainly encouraging, with 39.8-inches of head room and 41.2-inches of legroom. However, these generous specs continue on into the back, as second-row passengers can still expect close to 40-inches of legroom. As the websites points out, this means one 6-foot, 4-inch adult could easily sit behind an adult with an identical height.
How is this possible? The sliding rear seat allows for some customization options, meaning your passengers can determine their ideal amount of room.
So how much will the terrain cost? The rugged compact SUV will cost you a bit more than the other vehicles on this list, as a used 2015 model will still cost around $25,000. Looking for something a bit older? A 2011 model will sell for less than $20,000.
This full-size crossover is known for fitting large families (and all of their accompanying cargo), but the Flex is also a great option for taller drivers.
With room for eight passengers, you might expect things to get a bit cramped. Luckily, the head room is consistent throughout, with 41.8 inches up front and 38.7 inches out back. Leg room is also solid, as the second row (44.3-inches) actually provides more space than the first row (40.8 inches).
The Flex is quite expensive on the used market, especially the recent 2015 model. This one-year-old used car sells for around $30,000. If you opt for a 2012 model, you can expect a price closer to $20,000.
Luxury cars are known for providing drivers with many things: comfort, technology, and (obviously) luxury. They’re not typically known for their interior dimensions, making the Cadillac XTS an intriguing option for tall drivers.
The vehicle provides 39 inches of headroom up front and 37.8-inches out back, and occupants will appreciate the 45.8-inches of legroom (this spec is consistent up front and in the rear).
How much? Expect to pay at least $30,000 for this luxury car, and the price doesn’t drop too much for previous models. However, you’re not going to find another vehicle that offers this kind of combination of luxury and interior dimensions.
Tesla Model S
We had to include one plug-in electric car on this list, right? The majority of these cars are generally small, but the Tesla Model S provides a surprisingly spacious interior considering the mid-size design
Front passengers can enjoy the 38.8-inches of head space and the 42.7-inches of legroom, and although second-row legroom isn’t great, there’s still a much-appreciated 35.3-inches of head room. AutoBytel.com cleverly noted that tall occupants certainly won’t want to ride in the car’s third row, as the area was designed for children. If your legs hurt in a regular vehicle, imagine how they’d feel back there.
Of course, you’re going to have to dish out some money for that electric vehicle. The Model S comes in around $60,000 to $70,000, although it’s important to remember that many of these vehicles haven’t even compiled 20,000 miles on the odometer.
Some pickups don’t provide a whole lot of room for the driver, but Ram solved that issue in their 1500 Crew Cab. There’s 41-inches of headroom and 41 inches of leg room, making both of the front occupants very happy. While the second row is predictably cramped, there’s still a generous 39.9-inches of headroom.
Perhaps one of the most underrated features is the large doors, making it easy to exit and enter the vehicle.
A 2010 Ram is generally running for less than $20,000, although you should expect that the previous owner had put some heavy miles on the odometer.
See? There are a variety of options for a tall driver, whether they want a smaller sedan, an SUV, a pickup… even a luxury car! Plus, by going used, you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to secure one of these models! The best part? Those knees aches and neck pains will be a thing of the past, as you’ll now be able to drive in comfort.