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#105 of 108 Re: Prius-Not a comfortable fit. [gagrice]
May 20, 2009 (1:40 pm)
gary says, "No substitute for going out and sitting in and test driving a vehicle. "
I agree with that completely.
But the numbers are not erroneous - they are there just for this purpose - to help drivers in advance decide which cars might meet their required "interior dimensions" so that they can eliminate certain cars without making the trek to the dealership.
Some drivers have long torsos, and need seats which adjust lower, etc etc.
Base on his or her body shape, a Jetta might or might NOT seat them more comfortably.
But the inside for the driver is slightly smaller, measuring apples versus apples.
#106 of 108 Re: Prius-Not a comfortable fit. [larsb]
May 20, 2009 (2:26 pm)
From the original post the person said it was the left leg that did not have sufficient room in the Prius. Does your specs give the distance where your feet go. Some cars have a big hump right where the left foot rests. That can be very uncomfortable. You don't want to rest your left foot under the brake peddle. The reason I do NOT believe those numbers is my experience with Honda. The head room in the Accord was listed at 40.4", the 2005 Passat was listed at 37.8". In reality the Passat was at least 3 more inches of clearance from the top of my head to the headliner.
I stand on my contention that you cannot believe the numbers posted on a spec sheet. Both had sun roofs. Go drive the car is the only sure way to know. In the case of the Accord hybrid, they were not allowing test drives. We know how that joke of a car ended. It did not take a recession to send it to the scrap heap of bad ideas.
#107 of 108 Re: Prius-Not a comfortable fit. [gagrice]
May 20, 2009 (2:30 pm)
There you go again....condemning an entire SYSTEM just because you THINK you found one mistake in the system.
Anyway, my friend has a 2009 Prius - I'll go measure the headroom and report back.
#108 of 108 Re: Prius-Not a comfortable fit. [gagrice]
May 20, 2009 (2:35 pm)
Just another anecdote. I just measured my Sequoia headroom. It is 38.5" from the middle of the seat to the sunroof. I have 5" of clearance for my head. That is with the seat adjusted as low as it will go. They list it as 40.4". My head touched the headliner on the Accord Hybrid that was supposed to be 40+". Sit in the car to is the only good test.