Will Eifert with the best midsize sedans for tall drivers.
Tall drivers can find a comfortable compact car. But if you’re tired of getting made fun of for driving a Matchbox car, maybe you should think about sizing up a bit. Welcome to midsize sedans for the vertically gifted. It’s safe to say that, by the numbers, all of the 2015 models in the midsize category should give tall drivers a bit of comfort. After all, my current 2004 Honda Civic (a compact) is bested in terms of leg room by many vehicles in this class.
Speaking of leg room, let’s start with taking a look at one of the numbers that all tall drivers should hold dear:
2015 Midsize Sedan Leg Room
I made a handy graph to give you an idea of where 2015’s midsize sedan models stand in terms of leg room:
The Koreans are crushing it. With over 45 inches of front leg room, Kia and Hyundai’s mid-size offerings are in, dare I say, “scoot the seat up” territory for a tall driver. Nissan’s Altima and Ford’s Fusion encroach on that space, but the Sonata and Optima lead the pack. Toyota, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired if you’re driving.
Alas, we tall drivers have to focus on more than just ourselves. Here’s a look at the rear leg room for the same sedans:
If you’re planning on hosting several passengers in your mid-size sedan, you might want to consider a car with some decent leg room for those unfortunate enough to be stationed behind you.
2015 Midsize Sedan Head Room
I might as well schedule a chiropractor appointment every time I crawl into my mom’s Corolla. That’s not to mention how badly a car with a low bridge can mess up your hair. Here’s a look at head room in 2015 midsize sedans:
Hyundai leads the pack here. I think it’s safe to say that if you’re the driver of a Sonata, you’re going to be pretty comfortable at 6’7″ and below. The Optima and Legacy are also strong contenders here.
The Best Midsize Sedans For Tall Drivers
If this is the category you’re interested in, I’d say test drive the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy, and Nissan Altima. The leg room/head room measurements make these vehicles safe bets if you’re tall and in the driver’s seat.
If you’re going to be driving around a fair amount of rear passengers, I’d say give the Ford Fusion and VW Passat a spin as well.
Once you do so, let me know how it went in the comments!