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Car advice for tall person

Post by Cisg » Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:33 pm

Hello, I need advice from tall fellows.
I live in a small town in Mexico, I drive a V8 expedition and I am looking for a fuel efficient car for the city only.
Because of my height I cannot fit on a Cruze or any compact car, I am looking for a Sedan or SUV with enough legroom in the front, I'm 6'4" and have long legs.

My wife is short(5'2") and we are planning to have a baby next year, and I need something that isn't too high off the ground, so it's easy for her to get in and out of the car while pregnant.

I want to test these cars: Ford Fusion 2013, Mazda 6 2013, Passat or Passat CC 2013, Honda Accord 2013 and Buick LaCrosse 2012.
As for SUV, maybe Mazda CX-5 2013, Honda CR-V 2013, Ford Escape 2013, Ford Edge 2013 and I ran out of ideas.

My budget is mid range as you can see, the cars that I listed are on my price range, which is like 18k to 19k max, which is about 300,000 mexican pesos.

Any Idea or suggenstions, would love some help from you guys.

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Post by deanbrew » Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:41 pm

I'm 6'2", but much of my height is in my torso, so headroom is usually the issue for me. I drive a 2011 Subaru Legacy, and there is plenty of both headroom and legroom. I would recommend at least looking at Subaru Legacies and Outbacks from 2010 forward (that's the year they made the car much larger, with more legroom and headroom, front and back).

Otherwise, I would think many midsize cars would suit you, so long as there is no sunroof/moonroof (they usually eat up about 2" of headroom). I would also recommend visiting cars.com, where you can compare specs for vehicles side-by-side. If you know about a vehicle that works for you, you can start plugging in other options and see the specs for each one.

Good luck.
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Re: Car advice for tall person

Post by curmudgeon » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:39 pm

Sometimes the "mid-size" cars actually have less headroom than the next size smaller sedans. I found that the Ford Focus, for example, had better interior room than the Ford Fusion. It's in the mid size range where sometimes style seems to start taking higher priority over usability.

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Post by pierremonfrere » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:51 pm

I don't know if the newer models have changed size, but I'm 6'4" and drive a 2005 Nissan Altima. I fit fine in the driver seat and there is still plenty of room for another full size human to sit behind me.

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Post by Buddtholomew » Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:03 pm

Convertible. Sorry, just had to...
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Post by Jozxyqk » Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:31 pm

curmudgeon wrote:Sometimes the "mid-size" cars actually have less headroom than the next size smaller sedans. I found that the Ford Focus, for example, had better interior room than the Ford Fusion. It's in the mid size range where sometimes style seems to start taking higher priority over usability.
As a tall guy, I've been surprised to find this too. Focus has good headroom. So does the Nissan Versa Note (front and back!).

Like curmudgeon, however, all my height is torso, so I don't think my recommendations would be much help to OP.

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Re: Car advice for tall person

Post by selters » Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:58 pm

If you're going to place the baby in a rear facing children's seat (which you should), you should make sure thay there's plenty of leg room in the rear seats. Unless you want to drive the car 100% of the time, you need a car that can fit a rear facing children's seat in the back while at tje same time make room for a tall passenger or driver in the front. Many small cars will literally (and I mean literally in its literal sense) not make room for a tall driver/passenger in front of a rear facing children's seat.

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Re: Car advice for tall person

Post by Compound » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:04 pm

Look at the Honda Accord with the sport trim. It has motorized seat adjustments and NO sunroof -- best of both worlds for the tall driver. It is definitely my next car.

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Post by amd2135 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:14 pm

I'm 6'3" and have more headroom in my '14 Mazda6 (no sunroof) than I did in my '02 GMC Envoy SUV (with sunroof). It's a great car that I still enjoy as much now as I did two years ago. I'd absolutely buy another.

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Post by munemaker » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:21 pm

I am 6'2" and drive a Honda CRV. It seems like there is more room than I need. You might try it out.

Mine is a 2009 with 147,000 miles on it. It has been very reliable.

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Post by SGM » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:26 pm

I was surprised at the leg and headroom of the Hyundai models at a car show 3 years ago although we ended up with an SUV and a minivan.
There are very few trucks, SUVs or cars I feel comfortable in so when I am in the market I go to the car show to see what I can fit in. When I am in the passenger seat of a friends car I am always told the seat can slide back more. Nah.

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Re: Car advice for tall person

Post by ladders11 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:48 pm

curmudgeon wrote:Sometimes the "mid-size" cars actually have less headroom than the next size smaller sedans. I found that the Ford Focus, for example, had better interior room than the Ford Fusion. It's in the mid size range where sometimes style seems to start taking higher priority over usability.
I agree regarding the Fusion and I can add the Kia Optima to this list - the more aerodynamic cars lack headroom. More traditional looks offer more headroom, in my experience.

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Post by cmr79 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:52 pm

I'm 6'5" with a 36-37" inseam and fit well into my 2012 Civic. Can't fit a car seat behind me in it, though. Wife has a 2015 Forester which has more than enough room for me on the driver'd side--I don't more the seat all the way back--but the passenger's side is a bit tight with the car seat behind it despite having a lot of rear seat legroom. If you expect to have multiple kids in a short period of time... i.e. multiple kids in rear facing car seats, might want to figure out which vehicles you fit in with a car seat behind you.

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Post by RudyS » Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:01 pm

My Subaru Outback is just fine. Even with a moonroof. I'm 6'3", with 35 inseam long legs.

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Post by Alex Frakt » Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:00 am

This comes up fairly often. Some recent threads:

viewtopic.php?t=173114
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=163613
viewtopic.php?t=138755

And here's a 2013 thread, since that's the model year you are mainly interested in.
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=121029

Wait a minute. Didn't you already ask this question back in June? viewtopic.php?f=11&t=168399

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Re: Car advice for tall person

Post by Rebecca_S » Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:26 am

My husband is 6'4" and I am 5'2". We share a Mini Cooper and find it to be quite comfortable for both of us.
We have the 2-door, so not good for a carseat but you might check out the 4 door option.

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Re: Car advice for tall person

Post by Harvey_C » Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:23 am

most of my tall friends love the Dodge Charger or the Chrysler 300, they say there is ton of room for them. They are really happy with what they purchased. I know they are not SUVs but I am not sure maybe you will change your mind when you test drive them. When I am with them in the car it is really controllable as well. Either way I hope you are happy withe the choice that you get. :sharebeer

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Post by dcdowden » Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:32 am

I am 6'4" and have been happy with my 2010 Lexus RX 450h SUV. Lexus added legroom with the 2010 models, so I went that direction. Cadillac took legroom away with their SRX and the Acura MDX just doesn't have enough legroom for me.
I recently helped my son buy a 2013 Honda Accord and it seems to have adequate legroom for him at 6'3" and I was comfortable driving it as well. It is too low to the ground for me at this point of my life though. Apparently Honda redid the Accords in 2013.
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Post by protagonist » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:10 pm

I'm a bit of a midget in this thread....only 6'1". Long legs.

That said, my last two cars have been Honda Elements (2003 and 2006) and they have had plenty of head and leg room.

The Element is now defunct but is a great car. I have about 150K on my 2006, sold my 2003 with about the same, and never had a problem beyond normal maintenance. The downside is fuel economy....I only get a hair better than 20 MPG. The upside is tons of cargo space. You can blow up an air mattress in the back and sleep on it comfortably, at least if you are a mere 6'1".

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Re: Car advice for tall person

Post by clacy » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:32 pm

6'4" and used to drive a Ford Edge. Loved it.

If you can find one without a sun/moon roof, it will save you some headroom as with most cars with that feature.

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Re: Car advice for tall person

Post by Flashes1 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 1:53 pm

Ford Taurus has a ton of head room for this 6'5" guy.

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Post by stephen408 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:01 pm

Honda Fit/Jazz.

It's small, roomy, nimble, incredibly functional, and fuel efficient. I'm 6'4" and it will be my next car when my Civic eventually dies.
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Post by sarahjane » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:08 pm

Try the VW Beetle

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Post by LearningtheRopes » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:49 pm

pierremonfrere wrote:I don't know if the newer models have changed size, but I'm 6'4" and drive a 2005 Nissan Altima. I fit fine in the driver seat and there is still plenty of room for another full size human to sit behind me.
I'm only 6'1" but agree on the Altima. I currently drive a 2010, plenty of legroom in the front.

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Post by protagonist » Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:02 pm

stephen408 wrote:Honda Fit/Jazz.

It's small, roomy, nimble, incredibly functional, and fuel efficient. I'm 6'4" and it will be my next car when my Civic eventually dies.
I love the Fit- my gf owns one, but at 6'1", I have to say that the leg room for me is barely ample when I am in the driver's seat. I don't know if it would be comfy on a long drive. Other than that it is a great car.

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Post by Shilling » Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:33 pm

Sibling drives a 2016 Camry and fits him well. He is 6ft6.

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Post by topper1296 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:46 pm

I'm 6'5, 210 lbs and a Subaru Forester is the most comfortable vehicle I've ever driven (headroom is incredible even with the sunroof). Decent gas mileage (and getting away from premium gas my old Acura required) was a sticking point for me and I sat in about 15 different autos and test drove around 8 of them and the Forester was the best fit by far for me.

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Post by Epsilon Delta » Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:02 pm

Whichever cars you try, be aware of the trim level. There can be a big difference between manual and power seats in the same model. And it's not always in favor of the power seats.

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Post by TSR » Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:59 pm

I'll put in another plug for the Ford Focus. At work we have several Focuses as fleet vehicles, and I'm surprised to have plenty of room in them (I'm 6'3"). I rode in a Fusion the other day and found I had much less headroom. You would not want a sunroof, as those tend to cut out a little less than two inches worth of headroom.

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Re: Car advice for tall person

Post by jadd806 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:44 pm

Jozxyqk wrote:
curmudgeon wrote:Sometimes the "mid-size" cars actually have less headroom than the next size smaller sedans. I found that the Ford Focus, for example, had better interior room than the Ford Fusion. It's in the mid size range where sometimes style seems to start taking higher priority over usability.
As a tall guy, I've been surprised to find this too. Focus has good headroom. So does the Nissan Versa Note (front and back!).

Like curmudgeon, however, all my height is torso, so I don't think my recommendations would be much help to OP.
TSR wrote:I'll put in another plug for the Ford Focus. At work we have several Focuses as fleet vehicles, and I'm surprised to have plenty of room in them (I'm 6'3"). I rode in a Fusion the other day and found I had much less headroom. You would not want a sunroof, as those tend to cut out a little less than two inches worth of headroom.
The Ford Focus is complete trash, and I would strongly urge anybody considering purchasing one to do just a few minutes of research on the transmission problems those vehicles have. Many owners of 2012+ models are on their 3rd or 4th clutch due to Ford's failure to properly alleviate the problems they are having with the dry dual clutch transmission. Ford ignored the issue for over 2 years saying that's how the car is supposed to drive. They're now replacing clutches under the warranty (but only if it slips >250 RPM). Unfortunately, they've still failed to redesign the clutch, so most people are back with the same problem 5k-10k miles later.

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