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Toyota Avalon, Pontiac Bonneville, Lincoln Navigator, Buick Rendezvous, Sedan, Wagon, SUV
#677 of 890 Re: Bench seats needed. [frostyr]
Jun 24, 2006 (10:32 pm)
I respectfully disagree. You have mentioned you are 6'4" but have not stated your weight or waist size (and I am not inquiring!) I am 6'5, weigh 215 lbs, and have a 40-inch waist. Although my doctor tells me to lose a few pounds, I'm not particularly wide given my height.
The bottom line is, I don't have problems with bucket seats or center consoles. The two vehicles in the family are a 1997 Toyota Avalon and a 1999 Honda Accord. I haven't exactly suffered with either car.
Although you state that you've tried "every" car, you list a Lexus and a BMW in your post, which suggests you want an upscale car. One problem with this is that almost all upscale cars have sunroofs as standard equipment. I visited a Lexus dealership last month and was unable to find a comfortable driving position in any of their cars.
Although I've decided against an upscale car for my next purchase, I can still name three that I sat comfortably inside: the Acura TL and TSX, and the Audi A4.
If you are not particularly looking for an upscale car, then others (2005 or later) that I have comfortably driven include the Hyundai Sonata, the Honda Accord and Civic, the Nissan Altima, and the Toyota Camry. As for SUVs I also rented a Nissan Murano for a few days last summer and can easily recommend that as a vehicle for taller drivers.
None of these have bench seats, but they are all comfortable cars for at least one taller driver.
#678 of 890 Re: CRV has no center console? [alston28]
Jun 25, 2006 (3:52 pm)
it has a flip up tray like the odyssey and other minivans do
I hope the new 3rd generation one will not either
I also want some dang power
RDX has a GIANT center console in it.
#679 of 890 Cadillac STS and DTS
Jul 02, 2006 (2:32 am)
Tested out both the Cadillac STS and the Cadillac DTS yesterday. I'm a tall driver (6'5") and space is always a concern, especially head room for me and leg room for rear seat passengers. My family has 3 adults and one child, so we need a vehicle with a roomy interior. I'm a sedan type of driver, so mini-vans and SUV's were out of consideration.
Although I could fit in the driver's seat of the STS (without a sunroof) there was very little leg room remaining for rear seat passengers. That being said, the STS is one beautiful car.....I had been looking at it online for quite some time and finally went to investigate due to the 0% financing. I was a bit disappointed by the accommodations but not by the vehicle itself (it's gorgeous and extremely well-built). My need for a large vehicle certainly isn't Cadillac's fault, though.
The DTS was another story....excellent front seat room for the driver (again, without sunroof) and very good rear seat accommodations. The one I tested was a Lux III with tilt/telescoping steering wheel, so finding a perfect "fit" was very easy. It is also a gorgeous vehicle...I have to say I was a bit surprised by the high-quality feel after some of the reviews I've read. Now we're trying to decide whether to buy one (something tells me we will if the dealer can find us a black one with cashmere interior).
#680 of 890 Cars for Tall Drivers
Jul 20, 2006 (8:31 pm)
I'm 6-6 with a 36" inseam. The cars I fit in great and comfortably and that are reasonably priced are the 2006 Volkswagens.
Try one you will be surprised. Especially the automatics where there is no clutch pedal.
I fit in the:
Beetle but nont as well as the others.
I also fit perfectly in the Toyota FJ Cruiser
#681 of 890 Re: Bench seats needed. [frostyr]
Jul 21, 2006 (8:33 am)
Funny your post I find interesting. I bought my 02 Avalon XL specifically cause it came with the option of a bench seat, and I love it. The most comfortable car medium priced car. A used 04 down south with a bench seat you should be able to secure. Other than that, a Crown Victoria or a German car than has more rear seat travel are our only choices.
I could agree with you more. If you are not going to shift, why are you putting a console that is sticking into the lateral aspect of my Right knee. Terrible. Cause it is suppose to be sporty. Umm. most are automatics right???
A believe it or not, 2WD Tacoma or Nissan Frontier with a bench seat, getting decent gas mileage, with a 4 cylinder engine would be another consideration although the ride for long trips is not a go.
Depends on what you are using the vehicle for, but if you don't mind used, find a 04 Avalon with a bench. I bet they are still available used down south where the population would want a bench seat more.
I sell you mine but I plan to get 300K on it.
#682 of 890 Tall people cars
Jul 24, 2006 (4:14 pm)
I have to admit, I'm really surprised at some of the cars that are being recommended for tall people. FYI - I'm 6'4" and about 190.
I am in the market for a new vehicle so I'm doing A LOT of leg room research. And, you know what I'm finding? It's hard to beat the 42.5" of legroom I currently have in my Saturn SL2, and it's a 1995.
I was aiming at a SUV bit it's hopeless, which is actually reallllllly disappointing to me. Right now I've got barely enough room as it is, and I was hoping to get a few more inches for my next vehicle.
The only semi-SUV with considerably more room is - - - the Scion Xb at 45.3" of legroom.
You know what has less legroom that what I currently have? The question should really be what has more legroom, because that list is quite small. Anyway, the vehicles with less legroom are:
Honda CRV, PT Cruiser, Honda Element, Nissan Murano,
Dodge Magnum, Toyota Highlander, Volvo S80, Hyundai
Santa Fe and Tucson, Mercury Mariner, Ford Escape
I can't believe that these vehicles are being recommended here when they really have no legroom to speak of, especially when compared to my current Saturn.
Oh well, the search continues. If anyone knows of a vehicle with more than 44" of legroom - PLEASE - send up a posting on it. I'd love to know what it is.
#683 of 890 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Jul 24, 2006 (4:16 pm)
I am 6'7" just purchased a Camry--- I'm impressed with the legroom- I can straighten my legs and stretch out when needed. No sunroof and with seat recline and with tilt/telescopic wheel - I find nice comfort. Surprise is a 6 foot adult can still be seated in the rear behind me. Smallish trunk with addition of battery but it's only my wife and I with our new empty nest. Gas mileage first tank- 300 miles only half gone- is 36.8 half city and highway. Car has a 440 watt 6 disk stereo and Ipod-bluetooth phone connection. Paid 26,600 plus tax and title/ full MSRP/ big demand so no current discounts/but will qualify for $2600 fed tax credit/refund. Living large and passing the gas stations by............
#684 of 890 Re: Tall people cars [bspletzer]
Jul 24, 2006 (7:11 pm)
There is more to comfort than legroom. One car that has plenty of legroom (43.9 inches of it) is the Lexus IS 250, but that car has so little headroom (37.2 inches) that for me to have sufficient head clearance I have to recline the seat to the point that I cannot consider driving the car that way.
The Scion xB had the legroom and the headroom, and yet I wasn't that comfortable in the car because the xB lacks seating controls.
There are cars which would appear to lack headroom and legroom where I am still comfortable. One car is the Toyota Avalon (41.3 inches legroom, 38.8 inches headroom); another is the Acura TSX (42.4 inches legroom, 37.8 inches headroom). I have no problem getting comfortable in either car in spite of the diminutive dimensions; both cars have excellent power driver seats which is probably one of the reasons why.
As for the Nissan Murano, which is one of the cars that bspletzer trashed, the brouchure shows it with 43.4 inches of legroom and 40.7 inches of headroom without sunroof. Again, it is one of the most comfortable vehicles I have ever driven; I rented one for three days last summer and therefore should know.
One car that has almost 44 inches of legroom (43.9 to be exact) that should fit most people is the Nissan Altima. The Hyundai Sonata is close at 43.7 inches legroom.
But my recommendations and the recommendations of everyone else on this topic need to be taken with skepticism. The only way one knows that they are going to be comfortable is to get in the car! The raw numbers for headroom and legroom give a crude idea for comfort but you really need to sit down in the car to really know.
#685 of 890 Re: Tall people cars [bspletzer]
Jul 25, 2006 (3:51 pm)
Just to belabor my point that there is more to tall-driver comfort than legroom, yes I do know of a car with 44 inches of legroom where I doubt very many tall drivers would fit very comfortably. But the car does have 44.3 inches of legroom. The car is the Honda S2000.
Jul 25, 2006 (4:25 pm)
I can't fit behind the wheel of the S2000. Just a physical impossibility. I don't know where they took that measurement, but my inseam is 38"