Which Minivans or SUVs Are Good for Tall Drivers and Passengers?

2013 Toyota Sienna

CARS.COM — Occupant comfort is of the utmost importance when shopping for a new car, which is why it's crucial to get in a vehicle and feel it out from both a driver and a passenger perspective. This is doubly true if you're a taller driver. Which minivans or SUVs are good for tall drivers and passengers? Which have rear legroom and headroom to fit a tall teenager and still have front legroom and headroom for a tall driver of 6 feet or more?

Luckily, both minivans and SUVs tend to be more forgiving in that regard, but read on to find out the best of the best.

Related: Getting Comfortable: Helpful Features for Short and Tall Drivers


The Toyota Sienna minivan has a leg up on other vehicles because the second-row captain's chairs slide fore and aft a whopping 23 inches, which should give your lanky teen and other tall people enough space, while leaving room for a tall person in the front seat. The Toyota's sliding second row is standard on seven-passenger minivan models. Most minivans and SUVs and virtually no sedans can match the Sienna's slider for roomy flexibility.

Among SUVs, you could check out the full-size, truck-based models, such as the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL and the Ford Expedition, though they will not match the Toyota minivan for roomy second-row legroom. Perhaps their greater height will provide more vertical legroom and headroom for tall people.

Among mid-size SUVs that offer sliding second rows, allowing more room without infringing on front legroom, are the Ford Flex (though the accommodations are still tight), Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Also having them are the not-so-compact GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox, among the best compact SUVs for tall people. Of all those, the Toyota provides more roomy space and flexibility than the Honda or the Ford, with a removable center seat in the second row, in addition to the ability to slide the seats fore and aft to suit long-legged passengers. All these also have boxy SUV rooflines that leave good headroom for tall people in the back seat, though not as much headroom as most minivans.

These are just suggestions — not guarantees — so you will need to check them out with a test drive in person, with your long-legged teenage as a passenger behind the driver seat or passenger seat pushed back to provide the ultimate test drive for tall people.

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