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What makes it fun?  Go for the 3.5L V-6 for the best combination of performance and fuel economy.  You'll get this with the Sport version, although you'll be forced to let it shift for you.  (If you have your heart set on DIY shifting, take a step down to the 2.5L I4 equipped S or SE models)  The Sport model will give you and automatic transmission with manual shift mode and a performance tuned suspension.  Acceleration is very quick, but expect plenty of torque steer from the FWD arrangement.  If you are a gadget geek (I know I am!), you will love Sync when it comes to integrating your electronics into your driving experience.

So, how's the fit?  The Fusion has lots of legroom (test car had power seats), but not what I would call too much.  I would have liked another inch or two of headroom, but I wasn't uncomfortable.  The interior is roomy and well laid out.  I was impressed, based on the overall size of the car.

Ok, what's not to like?  The Fusion isn't going to give you that edge-of-your-seat, about-to-lose-control feel of a brawny RWD sedan.  You can't get a MT with the V6.  Not the most head room.

Saab 9-5

It's just like finding a snowsuit that won't leave your wrists and ankles exposed.

The 9-5 isn't the roomiest or fastest of the bunch, and doesn't offer RWD, yet some people will just... like it.  I definitely did.  It's got unique character and solid performance and yes, it's quite comfortable for a tall driver.  With a range of trims and drivetrain options, even a wagon, there's bound to be a 9-5 to suit just about anyone's taste.

What makes it fun?  Manual transmission?  Check.  Gutsy turbo 4-banger?  Check.  Sporty handling?  Check.  Cool features?  Check.  I drove the 9-5 right after testing a 9-3 (2.0T) and expected it to feel sluggish and slushy comparatively.  After spending a few minutes with the Griffin Edition sedan, I actually preferred it over the 9-3.  There was a very noticeable difference between the 2.0T and 2.3T engine options.  I felt like I could get more aggressive with with 9-5 with confidence in its handling.  The ride was comfortable, although road noise was more apparent than in the other 4 sedans discussed here.  Some will love the 9-5, and some won't.  I absolutely think it's worth mentioning.  It's a charming and fun option for drivers limited by severe size constraints.

So, how's the fit?  I was very comfortable in the 9-5, which contributed to the pleasant driving experience.  Head and leg room didn't stack up to the CTS or A4, but weren't bad enough. Controls are laid out in an intuitive way, and the overall look of the interior is simple and uncluttered.  The Griffin Edition comes with ventilated front seats which will most certainly cool your buns.

Ok, what's not to like?  The 9-5 is priced relatively high considering what it offers.  It's the only one of the five that doesn't yet come with Bluetooth phone compatibility.  At the moment, the Saab brand is in danger of extinction.

Conclusion

Are these the only options for tall drivers?  No, they are just five that I've driven and really liked.  As with any car decision, you may have to compromise at some point to find the right balance to suit your size, taste, and budget.


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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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