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Five Fun Sedans for TALL Drivers


If you're tall, you already know people like us don't fit in things as well as average sized people do. Cars are too small, clothes are too short, doorways are too low, flying is miserable, and beds can't hold us.  How tall are we talking about... 6'0"... 6'3"?

How about 6'9"?

That's right, I'm talking about cramming small giants into average sized passenger cars.  Here's five that will fit your big self, and don't ride like a boat.

Modern automotive design methods have allowed engineers to maximize the space inside today's sedans, SUVs and even sports cars and compacts.  This means those of us out beyond the bell curve are getting more options than ever before.  Here are five you can get your hands on (and ridiculously long legs in) right now.

Tall people of the world rejoice!  Ok, put your hands down, I can see your belly buttons.

2010 Cadillac CTS

It's like discovering that pair of jeans you saw on your favorite rockstar is available with a 37-inch inseam.

The CTS is built to be nimble and quick, but it's quite comfortable and luxurious.  The CTS offers superb luxury, excellent ride, and plenty of features.  Road noise is minimal, and the driver's seat is just a nice place to be.  Cadillac has just introduced the sport wagon version of the CTS as well, which shares the comfort and performance of the sedan, but gives you a little more space.

What makes it fun?  Available drivetrain options like a 300+ hp V-6, RWD, and a manual transmission make this just as much a sports car as it is a luxury car.  It really does both quite nicely.  It makes cruising around town or on the highway a pleasure, but drop the hammer on a twisty backroad and you'll see why this isn't your grandfather's Cadillac.  It's also got a great lineup of options and technology to help you enjoy long trips or a boring commute.  Oh, and it's pretty sharp looking.  If price is no concern, there's the CTS-V, which will rock your socks off, thanks to racecar-like handling, and Corvette-like power.

So, how's the fit?  The CTS tops my list because it has the most head and leg room.  I could have put the seat too far back, if I wanted, and still had a couple of inches of head room while seated in a comfortable upright position.  Controls are well positioned, and easy to access.  With the seat that far back, don't expect to have tons of space behind it, although I took three average sized passengers along comfortably for the test drive.

Ok, what's not to like?  Adding options will make the price grow rather quickly.

Infiniti G37

Like riding a roller coaster without the fear of your limbs dangling too far outside the harness.

Infiniti's G and M sedans are some of Japan's best examples of modern day muscle cars. Combine the quality and reliability Japan is known for with performance that rivals some of Germany's best, and you've got yourself the Infiniti G.  Although the G is not the roomiest of the five sedans, it may be the most exciting.  The G has aggressive styling to match it's performance, and plenty of up-to-date features and technology to keep things interesting.

What makes it fun?  The 2010 model sedan gets the 3.7L V-6 with an impressive 328 hp.  The Sport 6MT package transfers motive power to the road via a manual gearbox and RWD.  This combination will require a tight grip on the steering wheel.  Speaking of bracing yourself, the G37 provides surprisingly excellent handling and grip for a sedan it's size.  It will easily outrun the other four sedans here (not counting the CTS-V).  The G also offer some subtle features, such as automatic shift mode with paddle shifters and downshift rev matching (on the automatic transmission), pushbutton start, and a gage cluster that tilts with the wheel so you can always see it.  The G37 is a major ego booster.


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  1. Great post! I love the new CTS. Very slick and VERY fast in the V package.
     
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  2. Ok - I just checked out the A4 at the Chicago AutoShow and I didn't have plenty of room in the car and I am 6'3". I don't know how you had plenty of head room since you mentioned you were 6'9" tall.
    You should check out the VW GTI (or VW Golf) they give you way more head room.
     
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  3. I'm only 6'7" but I didn't like the fusion, my knee was pushed against the dash. Perhaps you're a skinny 6'9", so my wide load makes it harder for me, or maybe you're all torso or something. The 07+ Nissan Altima is also good, though I hear they might have changed the interior since they came out. Lots more room for your right leg than other cars.
    I will say that the A4 is quite comfortable, as is the similar (and cheaper) VW CC. And speaking of the Infiniti G37, I hear that the '03-'04 G35 has more space than after they redesigned it, and can be found for 9k.
    They changed them in 04, but if you need a vast amount of space, the 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix has more legroom than any car I've ever driven. Decent mileage and power in the GTP, weak handling tho.
    The Golf is good on head room, but it could have a bit more leg room, it's on par with the fusion for space, not quite good enough for me, but fine for most.
    Mini Cooper would be perfect if the steering wheel telescoped, my arms are almost locked while driving it. Otherwise a great car!
     
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  4. This article is not true. The only truly spacious vehicle's on this list are the saab and the cts. I am 6'2 and I am a valet parker. Ive driven all these cars before. The A4 was ok, just like a BMW but smaller when it comes to seating, the seats are kind of small for me . The G37 is crap, with the chair all the way back my head was about an inch from the roof, and my legs were bent above the steering wheel. The fusion is like the audi, nothing special I guess there is some room.
     
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  5. I have never driven an A4 but I've sat in one okay but the seats are a bit too narrow. Maybe if I was a very skinny 6'3"....

    I have never been in a G37 either but I watched a review on youtube and the reviewer said he is 6 feet tall and his head was hitting the roof and he made sure to point out if he was an inch or two taller, he's have to sit with his head sideways.

    I am quite pleased with the amount of room up front in the 2008 and newer CTS though!
     
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  6. I finally got to try a G37. I'm a short 6'3" and I had plenty of room in the G37 but I had two major problems with the car:

    #1: The seat was too short for me. My head hit the headrest, but the gap between the top of the seat and headrest was pretty ackward.

    #2: I know this is a safety feature that's supposed to push the headrest forward if your back hits the seat to prevent whiplash, but when I lean back on the headrest, the bars of the headrest dig into my back. It's very annoying and just feels cheap and if the seats broke multiple times, I would not be surprised in the slightest.

    That said, the G37 is far better than most cars -- my head doesn't hit the roof, my legs don't hit the dash, and I can see overhead redlights.
     
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  7. I'm 6'6", and love quick, sporty cars. My last and current is a 2009 Mazda Speed 3--a good handling rocket with plenty of room for tall drivers, and for stuff to haul (like 3 to 4 golf bags). My all time favorite was a 1989 Porsche 944Turbo--lots of room, and a great car for the back roads and track.
     
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  8. True story -- I learned to drive in a Volvo 740 which while it is a "large" midsize car on the outside, is pretty tiny in the inside. I could see better by sticking my head out the sunroof (usually with assistance from sitting on a pillow) than I could by trying to duck down and see through the windshield.

    A few years later, my sister had a Volvo 240. She once offered to teach me how to drive stick, but I could not get my feet to the floor.
     
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