Five 2011 Affordable Mid-Size Family Sedans for Six-Footers

March 6, 2011

Tall drivers with families need a car that’s both roomy and comfortable. For many Americans, that also means looking for an affordable sedan, probably a mid-size. Keeping in mind the tall driver’s requirements for adequate headroom and legroom, here are five 2011 affordable mid-size family sedans for six-footers, all of which seat five passengers:

2011 Hyundai Sonata

All-new this year, the mid-size five-passenger 2011 Hyundai Sonata is not only an excellent value, with starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) from $19,195 to $27,245, it also looks great, is fuel-efficient, offers lots of standard features for the price, and offers ample room for tall drivers. The Sonata is large enough inside to be classified as a large car by the federal government. Front/rear headroom is 38.1/37.6 inches (40.0/37.8 inches in the Sonata Hybrid), while front/rear legroom is 45.5/34.6 inches. But the standard cloth seats in base GLS aren’t as nice as leather, so opt for upper trim. Limited models have standard leather plus heated seats for front and rear passengers and eight-way power driver’s seat. Also noteworthy is Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile warranty. With an overall 8.7 (out of 10) rating by editors at The Car Connection, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is the highest-rated mid-size sedan in this group of five. It's also TheCarConnection's Best Car to Buy 2011 award winner. The Sonata also receives a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2011 Honda Accord

Also classified as a large car by the federal government due to interior space, the 2011 Honda Accord is much more accommodating to tall drivers than before its 2008 redesign. Still, Honda keeps updating here and there, keeping the Accord at the top of the best-selling family sedans in America. Although all 2011 Honda Accord sedans have stellar front/rear headroom of 41.4/38.5 inches and legroom of 42.5/37.2 inches, the SE and higher trims have more features oriented to taller drivers. These include comfortable leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, and 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support on SE. Available in seven models, starting MSRP for the 2011 Honda Accord sedan is $21,180 to $31,630. Read more about the 2011 Honda Accord in The Car Connection.

2011 Subaru Legacy

If standard all-wheel drive (AWD) is a necessity or desired for family safety and all-weather security, the 2011 Subaru Legacy should be a definite consideration for tall drivers. That’s because the Legacy has wide and supportive front seats that are not only comfortable, but there’s plenty of headroom and legroom.  Front/rear headroom is 40.3/37.5 inches, while front/rear legroom is 43.3/37.8 inches. Rear seats are among the most spacious in this price range. With seven models to choose from – base 2.5i to 3.6R Limited – and starting MSRP from $19,995 (2.5i) to $31,395 (2.5GT Limited), tall drivers may wish to opt for the 2.5GT or 3.6R models. Limited models have 10-way power driver’s seat with power adjustable lumbar support (and four-way power front passenger’s seat), and heated front seats. Tilt and telescopic steering wheel is standard in all models. The 2011 Subaru Legacy is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Learn why our editors at The Car Connection give the 2011 Subaru Legacy an 8.2 (out of 10) overall rating.

2011 Chevrolet Malibu

An excellent family car, with a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan is also accommodating to six-footers. Headroom and legroom are ample for taller drivers and adequate for six-footers in the rear seats even with front seats pushed back. Front/rear headroom is 39.4/37.2 inches, while legroom front/rear is 42.2/37.6 inches. Two other standard features are good news for six-footers: driver’s seat with power height and lumbar adjustment and tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Heated driver and passenger seats are standard on Malibu’s two upper trim levels (2LT and LTZ). In the leather-appointed LTZ interior, the heated driver’s seat features an eight-way power adjuster and power lumbar control, while the passenger seat has six-way power adjuster. The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu has starting MSRP from $21,975. See The Car Connection review of the 2011 Chevy Malibu for more information.

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