Five Fun Sedans for TALL Drivers Page 2

December 29, 2009

So, how's the fit?  The G sedan doesn't offer quite the amount of legroom you'll find in the CTS, or even #3 on the list, but it will still accommodate a large driver as well as, or better than, some cars with a larger wheelbase.  Headroom and visibility are both still very good.  Let's just say if you're a little less than 6'9" tall, it will be just perfect.  Some improvements have been made to the ergonomics of the controls (seat adjustment switch location) and the overall look of the center console is less confusing than other luxury cars. Buttons near the display are still at an odd angle though, and might take time to adjust to.

Ok, what's not to like?  The best performing V-6 won't return impressive fuel economy.  Anyone who doesn't drive a G37 might prefer to see the ego booster comment here.

Audi A4

European style, precise fit, the best quality materials: like a perfectly tailored dress shirt.

The A4 takes the cake in the luxury interior category.  Made with top notch materials and precision, attention to detail, it has just the right amount of room in all the right directions.  The new A4 is definitely an attention grabber with its aggressive yet familiar exterior styling, and even demonstrates some real practicality.

What makes it fun?  The A4 won't match the performance of the others when it comes to straight line acceleration (starting with the 2010 model, the only engine option is the 2.0L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder).  However, the A4 gives its driver confidence on the road with its rally proven 2.0T Quattro engine and drivetrain combo.  Get the A4 with a 6-speed transmission, or the popular Tiptronic automatic, which still allows for manual gear selection, sans the third pedal.  Before you count the A4 out, don't forget that it too has a more aggressive (more expensive) sibling: the S4.  It packs a 3.0L supercharged V6 with 333 hp and 325 ft-lbs of torque.  Don't think that sounds fun?  Good luck cramming yourself into an M3.

So, how's the fit? - Before the test drive I was desperately hoping the A4 would accommodate my size, even if not perfectly.  Well I dare say it does so quite perfectly.  With the seat at it's deepest and lowest position, head and leg room are plenty.  Driving and accessory controls make sense for the most part, and ride comfort is amazing.  Road noise was barely noticeable.  The A4 is a very pleasant car for a tall fellow to drive, no sacrifices, no compromises. As expected, the Audi offers a competitive lineup of technology, comfort, and entertainment options if you've got the cash.  If you can find one, the Avant is the A4 in wagon form.  A wagon can be fun, in my opinion.

Ok, what's not to like? - You won't be blown away by the straight line performance of the 2.0T (read: don't expect to beat drivers of #1 or #2 in a stop light drag race).  Although the A4 has a lower base price than 1 & 2, adding options may quickly remove it from your acceptable price range.

Ford Fusion

It's like riding a really light, smooth, fast bicycle without all the goofy, awkward seatpost and handlebar extensions.

Redesigned for 2010 and award winning, the Ford Fusion is proof that America can produce a reliable, competitive midsize sedan, make it fun to drive, yet practical and affordable.  The Fusion lineup includes economic versions with 4-cylinder options, a hybrid, and a couple of models equipped to perform and entertain.  The Fusion will appeal to anyone looking for a practical daily driver that stands out from some of the mundane options in its category, but doesn't come with an ugly price tag.

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