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Old 03-08-2010, 04:14 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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The OP hasn't stated a budget or other preferences such as rear/trunk space, MPG, power, exterior size, etc. so it's hard to pinpoint one or two cars for him. There have been other good suggestions in this thread, like the Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus/500 (and Scion XB among smaller cars). Nissan Altima has been mentioned in similar threads elsewhere.
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Old 03-08-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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Like if a new vehcile you want to look at one of the ford crown vicitoria or one of tweh off takes or a full size SUV. thsoe seem to have the most leg room.i don't own any of them but I have driven them and the room for a tall perosn is unmatched by any mid size vehicles out there really.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:32 PM
 
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This is going to be hard to believe, but I own a Smart car, and I'm here to tell you that there's no compact car on the market today with more legroom. If you don't mind a two seater, Smart is the way to go. I'm almost 6 feet tall and I really prefer to ride as far back as possible, taking a leisurely attitude towards my driving posture (which is weird, considering my lead foot).

The car is also extremely tall, if you need more headroom as well. In the Ford Fiesta, my head is crunched up against the ceiling and my knees are to my chest. In my Smart, I have at LEAST a half foot of headroom and when I roll my seat all the way back I can barely touch the pedals. Just the way I like it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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This is going to be hard to believe, but I own a Smart car, and I'm here to tell you that there's no compact car on the market today with more legroom. If you don't mind a two seater, Smart is the way to go. I'm almost 6 feet tall and I really prefer to ride as far back as possible, taking a leisurely attitude towards my driving posture (which is weird, considering my lead foot).

The car is also extremely tall, if you need more headroom as well. In the Ford Fiesta, my head is crunched up against the ceiling and my knees are to my chest. In my Smart, I have at LEAST a half foot of headroom and when I roll my seat all the way back I can barely touch the pedals. Just the way I like it.
Not that I would ever recommend a Smart to anyone, but I can confirm that they are insanely roomy inside.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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Wow. Back from the dead!

I tried to get into a Smart car at an auto show and could not even begin to fit. And when I say 'I didn't fit', I don't mean it was a tad uncomfortable. I mean I could not swing my whole body into the car and shut the door. After my buddy stopped laughing uncontrollably and the smug sales guy stopped sneering at me, I sheepishly pried my way back out of the car and walked away.

Granted I'm 6'8", but I only wear a 34" inseam in jeans so my legs are certainly not 'abnormally long'.

Maybe they've changed something in the car since the one I sat in?

Mike
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Wow. Back from the dead!

I tried to get into a Smart car at an auto show and could not even begin to fit. And when I say 'I didn't fit', I don't mean it was a tad uncomfortable. I mean I could not swing my whole body into the car and shut the door. After my buddy stopped laughing uncontrollably and the smug sales guy stopped sneering at me, I sheepishly pried my way back out of the car and walked away.

Granted I'm 6'8", but I only wear a 34" inseam in jeans so my legs are certainly not 'abnormally long'.

Maybe they've changed something in the car since the one I sat in?

Mike
They've been the same car since they came out. I'm 6'4" with a 32" inseam and had no problem fitting in the car. I was actually really suprised how much room it had.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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I wanted to purchase a Mercedes CLS based on looks, but once I test drove it, and moved the seat all the way forward, I still felt at 5'3" that I was not tall enough for the vehicle to be comfortable in it. I like to sit close to the wheel and I felt I was stretching, so I assume it would be a good fit for a tall person!
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Cadillac DTS...hands down!
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:59 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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I have a similar issue...I'm 5'10" but I like to drive with my legs straight out (my knees and ankles hurt if they're bent funny in the car) , so I've been watching out for this over the years. I've driven a '98 Escort that needed probably two more inches legroom- made my knee hurt after a while. Someone said Tahoe- I have an '02 Chevy pickup that has just enough legroom (knees bent a bit since the seat sits so high but not bad). Someone said Scion xb- the new one isn't bad; the old one is as bad as a Yaris. The small cars I've sat in with the best legroom were the Cobalt (Cruze is pretty good too) and the Mini, whose seat goes pretty much to the rear seat cushion. Surprisingly, one of the worst for me is the '03 Caravan I've been driving at work, which somehow makes my ankles hurt after I sit in it for more than 10 minutes. Kia Soul could use an inch or two more as well. I rented a Charger and a 300; those were very good for front legroom.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Houston
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6'7' here, 36 inseam....

VW Passat and Taurus more or less. They are designed with tall person in mind, it mean head support will not decapitate you and airbag will not kill you. Can't be guaranteed in other cars, especially from Japan.

Make sure center console is not restricting your knee... It's very painful after 100+ miles trip.
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