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Best and Worst New Cars for Tall Drivers

One of the priorities a tall driver looks for when new car shopping is finding a vehicle they can easily get into, out of, or ride in comfortably. Other obstacles a vehicle has to overcome before being considered by a taller person is it must have enough head and leg room so the larger person may easily move around.

Other than large SUVs or full size trucks, it may prove to be difficult to find a vehicle that accommodates a tall persons larger size. The good news is, there are several smaller and mid-sized cars on the market today that will more than accommodate the larger or tall driver.

On average, the population has been growing taller over the past few decades. The best cars for tall drivers allow easy access for getting in and out of the vehicle, they also provide telescoping and tilt steering wheels to provide additional room. Vehicles that provide adequate leg and head room are important safety considerations as well. Taller drivers are also most comfortable in vehicles that are equipped with seat-height adjustment and enough space between the foot pedals to accommodate their larger feet. Adequate leg and head room is also an important comfort and safety consideration as well.

Compacts and sports cars make up the majority of worst cars for tall drivers. Sports cars are very difficult for the larger driver to get in and out of and compact cars are just that, compact. Vehicles such as the 2015 Lexus GS and the 2015 Honda Odyssey rate very high with taller drivers with their abundance of head and leg room, while the 2015 Porsche 911 and the 2015 Ford Fiesta ST will make a larger person feel cramped and claustrophobic.

To find out which cars are the most safe, comfortable and the “best fit” for tall people. The well known company Consumer Reports, tested several different vehicles using different sized drivers, the smallest driver was 5 feet 1 inch and the tallest driver was 6 feet 2 inches. They looked at how at how the different sized drivers rated seat comfort, access, driving position, and the driver’s view from the cockpit.

If you’re a family with a mixture of short and tall drivers, there are a few cars that ranked very well with both. The 2015 Subaru Forester and 2015 Honda Accord where the two best rated vehicles for both tall and short drivers. If you’d like to know which 2015 model vehicles rated the best for short drivers, read my previous article; Top 10 Best and Worst New Cars for Short Drivers.

Before you go car shopping, check out our list of the best and worst 2015 new cars for tall drivers below to find one that fits within your budget.

Top 10 Best New Cars for Tall Drivers

Rank Vehicle
1 2015 Toyota Highlander
2 2015 Land Rover Range Rover
3 2015 Audi A8
4 2015 Honda Odyssey
5 2015 Lexus LS
6 2015 Subaru Forester
7 2015 BMW X5
8 2015 Lexus GS
9 2015 Ford Flex
10 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Top 10 Worst New Cars for Tall Drivers

Rank Vehicle
1 2015 Porsche Boxter
2 2015 Ford Fiesta ST
3 Ford Focus ST
4 2015 Mitsubishi iMiEV
5 2015 Toyota Yaris
6 2015 Porsche 911
7 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
8 2015 BMW Z4
9 2015 Toyota Tacoma
10 2015 Nissan Z

As always, I highly recommend you begin your new car shopping experience online. This will help better educate you on the car buying process and keep you from becoming the victim of any costly car dealer scams. Read my article on Buying a New Car to learn how to shop, compare, and price new cars from before ever stepping foot inside a car dealership.

If you’re considering the purchase of a new pickup truck for work or play, I recommend using a free online referral service such as Ryde Shopper and Motor Trend to guarantee you pay the lowest price. These services will tell you what others are paying for the vehicle you’re considering in your local area and which dealers give the greatest discounts.