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Best Vehicles for Tall or Short Drivers

Best Vehicles for Tall or Short Drivers


You wouldn’t purchase a pair of shoes for yourself if they weren’t your size, so why buy a car that doesn’t fit you? Just like a good fitting pair of shoes, there are plenty of vehicle styles, sizes, and options to choose from. We’ll take a look at a selection of the best vehicles for tall drivers, and the best vehicles for short drivers. But before we start, let’s review some of the criteria we used to determine our top picks.


We chose a variety of vehicle types based on interior specifications, safety, quality, and comfort. Headroom measures the amount of room for your torso. It is measured from the vehicle’s roof to the bottom of the seat. This, in combination with the overall height of the vehicle, can help gauge the ease of entry and exit.

Legroom measures the distance between the floor pedals to the seat, either fully extended or in the fully forward position. The Society of Automotive Engineers determine this space using the seat in the full rearward position. Front hip room measures the width of the front seat. This metric is helpful if you travel extensively. Wider hip room allows for more wiggle room and less compression on your legs, allowing for better blood flow.

Safety is an important consideration, as some features such as knee airbags, are great for drivers both short and tall. Lastly, quality and comfort helped in determining the best vehicles for both tall and short drivers.

Best Vehicles for Tall Drivers

2017 Mercedes S-Class Coupe

  • Overall Vehicle Height: 55.8 inches
  • Headroom: 39.7 inches
  • Legroom: 41.4 inches
  • Front Hip Room: N/A

2017 S-Class Coupe

You wouldn’t typically think of a coupe as having the stretch room that the Mercedes S-Class has. Few coupes offer this spacious of a cabin and luxurious comfort. Don’t take for granted the convince of the standard multi-adjustable power seat when you lend this beauty to your spouse.

 2017 S-Class Coupe Interior

2017 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

  • Overall Vehicle Height: 58.1 inches
  • Headroom: 40.4 inches
  • Legroom: 45.5 in
  • Front hip room: 55.3 inches

2017 Hyundai Sonata

With plenty of room to get in and out, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata continues its legacy as a top-in-class sedan. The cabin is roomy and comfortable, with plenty of headroom and more than enough leg room for most tall drivers. If you feel like an upgrade to the already impressive base, the Sonata Sport comes with an 8-way adjustable power driver’s seat and heated seats.

2017 Subaru Forester SUV

  • Overall Vehicle Height: 66.4 inches
  • Headroom: 41.4 inches
  • Legroom: 43.0 inches
  • Front Hip Room: 53.9 inches

2017 Subaru Forester

The 2017 Subaru Forester has a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, which makes getting in and out that much easier for a vertically gifted driver sick of rolling into the driver seat.  The driver’s seat is comfortable, and while the cabin is not breathtaking, it works for a vehicle you’d want to take camping.

To jazz it up, the Forester comes standard with a color rearview camera so you don’t need to wrench your neck to back out of your parking space. It earned an overall 5-Star NHTSA rating and comes with adjustable pedals and side head Airbags.

 2017 Subaru Forester Interior

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan

  • Overall Vehicle Height: 69.9 inches
  • Headroom: 40.1 inches
  • Legroom: 41.1 inches
  • Front Hip Room: 59 inches

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has plenty of headroom and ample legroom. It comes with standard power driver’s seat and Nappa leather trim. The ride is extremely comfortable thanks to lumbar support and extra hip room. It also comes with available driver seat position memory in case the teenager needs to borrow the van. It is a Top Safety Pick + and awarded a 5-Star Overall NHTSA Safety Rating.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Interior

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2017 Ford F-150 Truck

  • Overall Vehicle Height: 75.5 inches
  • Headroom: 40.8 inches
  • Legroom: 43.9 inches
  • Front Hip Room: 62.5 inches

2017 Ford F-150

Let’s just call it as it is. The Ford F-150 is arguably the best truck in America. It also happens to be the perfect vehicle if you need some extra legroom. For virtual virtuosos, getting in and out of this truck is a cinch. The extra hip room is a nice bonus, and the F-150 is again one of the safest trucks on the road, scoring a 5-Star Overall NHTSA Rating and being awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

2017 Ford F-150 Interior

Best Vehicles for Short Drivers

2017 Audi TTS Coupe

  • Overall Vehicle Height: 52.8 inches
  • Headroom: 37.1 inches
  • Legroom: 41.1 inches
  • Front Hip Room: N/A

 2017 Audi TTS

One beautifully laid out interior, the controls are pivoted toward the driver to eliminate excessive reach. The driver’s seat? Well, the 2017 Audi TTS has twelve-way power sport seats that include four-way lumbar adjustment. So, the seats adjust nicely whether you’ve got a short torso, short legs, or both.

2017 Audi TTS Interior

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2017 Toyota Camry Sedan

  • Overall Vehicle Height: 57.9 inches
  • Headroom: 38.8 inches
  • Legroom: 41.6 inches
  • Front Hip Room: 54.5

Toyota Camry

With a height-adjustable, 8-way power ‘Sport’ driver’s seat, adjustable lumbar support, and side seat bolsters, any driver can sit comfortably snug in the Toyota Camry. The materials used in the cabin are nice, even at the base level, and improve with each trim upgrade.

While 2017 IIHS ratings are not in yet, the 2016 Camry earned Top Safety Pick+ honors. 2017’s Camry has been awarded a 5-Star overall NHTSA rating. The Camry comes with 10 airbags, including driver seat-mounted side airbags and knee airbags.

 Toyota Camry Interior

2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover

  • Overall Vehicle Height: 66.0 inches
  • Headroom: 38.4 inches
  • Legroom: 41.2 inches
  • Front Hip Room: 56.0

2017 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac outdid itself with the 2017 XT5’s upscale cabin. Materials are first class. The ergonomic seating comes standard with power slide and recline. It’s comfortable, particularly for road trips. Worried about getting in? The XT5 comes with available assist steps to make entry and exit a breeze. Top to it all off, the XT5 was awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick+ honors.

2017 Volvo XC90 SUV

  • Overall Vehicle Height: 69.9 inches
  • Headroom: 38.9 inches
  • Legroom: 40.9 inches
  • Front Hip Room: 56.0 inches

2017 Volvo XC90

A spacious cabin for folks of most sizes, with quality materials and comfort at its core, the 2017 Volvo XC90 has a lot to offer. With standard premium synthetic seats, seat memory, 14-way power-adjustable slide and recline, and spine support, the driver seat can be positioned to easily reach pedals and concurrently the 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system. The XC90 also earned an overall 5-Star NHTSA safety rating.

2017 Volvo XC90 Interior

2017 Nissan Frontier Pickup

  • Overall Vehicle Height: 68.7 inches
  • Headroom: 39.7 inches
  • Legroom: 42.4 inches
  • Front Hip Room: 55.8 inches

2017 Nissan Frontier

While you may be excited enough to jump into the 2017 Nissan Frontier, you don’t have to. The pickup’s ground clearance is 8.7 inches, making entry and exit easy when factoring in the location of the assist handle for those who are very short. Another great feature is built right into the front seats. The supplemental air bags move with you as you adjust your seating position, offering side-impact protection. The Frontier is a great choice for someone wanting a pickup that won’t swallow you whole.

2017 Nissan Frontier Interior

Tall? Short? What’s the best fitting car you have driven? Let us know in the comments!

Dustin "Dusty" Rhodes

A fan of nice round numbers and working on tiny European cars, Dusty is the proud owner of a '58 Lloyd 600, a '50 FIAT 500, and is currently on the hunt for a Vespa 400. And, despite all that repair work, he still finds time to write about cars. 

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