CARS.COM — It’s not easy being extremely tall. Sure, your odds of playing in the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament would be higher, but being able to dunk at will also means constantly ducking through doors and not being able to fit in vehicles. That doesn’t sound fun.
While hoop dreams eventually fade, shopping at the local big-and-tall store is forever — and a vehicle that doesn’t require a contortionist routine every time you get in is a beautiful thing. There are plenty of large, luxurious full-size sedans and massive SUVs that deliver plenty of legroom for those who are tall — especially in the rear seat — but we avoid calling out these obvious choices here.
Instead, we’ve highlighted, in alphabetical order, some smaller vehicles and SUVs that are exceptionally good for tall people — including both tall drivers and passengers. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, check out our list of top picks below. Oh, and don’t forget to fill out that tournament bracket before it’s too late!
BMW chose unique styling cues and materials for its i3 electric car, which offers an available range-extending gas generator. This compact hatchback also bucks the wraparound-cockpit design theme that’s overtaken many car interiors, and that contributes to its incredibly roomy cabin. There is plenty of legroom for both tall drivers and passengers. Impressive steering-wheel adjustability is another plus that makes this car a good choice for long-limbed tall people.
Don’t let its exterior fool you; the interior dimensions of the Fiat 500L are quite impressive. The 500L isn’t the most attractive car around, but its quirky styling works wonders in the cabin where the driver and front passenger get nearly 41 inches of headroom. An available panoramic moonroof that stretches over the front and rear seats adds to the interior’s airy feeling and makes it feel like there is even more headroom for tall people.
Subcompact SUVs burst onto the car market in big numbers a few years ago, and while many blend SUV versatility and better gas mileage in a small package, they also tend to have tiny backseats that seem designed to fit short people and make tall people unhappy. Not so with the HR-V, which has a roomy rear seat that’s extremely comfortable for 6-foot-tall adults. The backseat is also highly configurable, letting you make the most of the SUV’s interior space.
With a starting price of around $17,000, the Soul shows you don’t have to spend a lot to get a car that’ll fit you. Its distinctive boxy shape pays dividends in the cabin, which doesn’t have just headroom but also hat room, according to Washington D.C. Bureau Chief Fred Meier. He also praised the Soul’s front-seat and steering wheel adjustments, which allows tall drivers to find a comfortable driving position. There’s also plenty of front legroom in this vehicle.
Fancy luxury cars are also within reach for the tall person with style. Low-slung sports cars might not be the first choice for tall drivers, but they shouldn’t be overlooked entirely, especially Lexus’ RC. With 45.4 inches of front-seat legroom, the RC has more front legroom than some full-size luxury sedans.
The Nissan Versa is priced to compete with other subcompact cars at a starting price of about $13,000, but it lives like a larger car — especially when sitting in its generously sized backseat where there’s 37 inches of legroom. The Nissan Versa’s taller profile and seating position makes backseat access easier, too, and there is plenty of head room.
The Beetle’s retro looks are part of its charm, but a side benefit of its iconic, arcing roofline is experienced on the inside, where the driver and front-seat passenger get great headroom. With large side doors, it’s also easy for tall drivers and passengers to get in and out of the Beetle.
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