Top 10 Best Cars for Tall Drivers in 2017: Consumer Reports

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Top 10 Best Cars for Tall Drivers in 2017: Consumer Reports

Cars aren’t one size fits all.

If you’re a tall driver and shopping for a new vehicle, you may want to start with this list. Consumer Reports took a closer look at test scores of recently tested vehicles, specifically for seat comfort, driving position, access and the view out. The tallest tester the publication used was 6 feet 2 inches.

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It’s worth noting that although some vehicles have better driver space, it may come as a result of sacrificing room for backseat passengers. The vehicles are not ranked in any particular order, so they are listed below alphabetically.

10. Audi A8

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Priced from $83,450 including destination, the Audi A8 L was designed to be big. Inside, there’s a driver-centric cockpit to make things a little easier and more enjoyable for the driver. The luxury sedan returns 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway for a 22-mpg combined rating while powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder engine with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Head room up front comes in at 37.2 inches, while leg room is 41.4 inches and shoulder room is 59.1 inches.


9. Audi Q7

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The all-new 2017 Audi Q7 has a starting price of $49,950 and offers seating for up to seven. Under the hood is the same 3.0-liter supercharged engine as the A8 L with 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, while returning 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for 21-mpg combined. When equipped with a sunroof, headroom measures 38.4 inches, while legroom is 41.7 inches and shoulder room is 59.5 inches.


8. BMW 7 Series

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The flagship sedan from BMW is all about luxury. The model starts from $82,495 with the 740i coming equipped with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine with 320 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. It returns an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway for a 24-mpg combined rating. Headroom measures 39.9 inches while front legroom is 41.4 inches and shoulder room is 59.2 inches.


7. Honda Odyssey

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The popular minivan from Honda may not be what ever driver wants to drive, but it’s at least comfortable for tall drivers. An all-new 2018 model was recently introduced, but the 2017 model is still available with a $30,790 starting price. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque with front headroom measuring 39.7 inches on the LX, EX and SE models. It’s slightly less on the EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite models at 38.3 inches. Legroom fills in at 40.9 inches while shoulder room measures 64.4 inches.


6. Honda Pilot

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If you prefer an SUV over a minivan, the Honda Pilot is also recommended for tall drivers. Priced from $31,535, the 2017 Honda Pilot comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. In two-wheel-drive form and with the six-speed automatic transmission, it returns 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for a 22-mpg combined rating. Headroom varies depending on whether the SUV is equipped with a moonroof or a panoramic roof or neither, ranging from 39.5 inches to 40.1 inches up front. Legroom measures 40.9 inches while shoulder room is 62 inches.


5. Land Rover Range Rover

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The luxurious Range Rover from Land Rover has a starting price of $86,645 and comes standard with a supercharged V6 engine providing 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. It returns 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for a 19-mpg combined rating. The Range Rover measures 196.8 inches in length and 81.6 inches wide (with the mirrors folded) while riding 72.2 inches tall. Shoppers can also opt for a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine with 254 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.


4. Lexus LS

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There’s an all-new 2018 Lexus LS heading to dealerships later this year, but if you can’t wait, the 2017 model starts from $73,515. The luxury flagship for the brand is currently powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine with 386 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque while returning 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for a 19-mpg combined rating. Headroom up front measures 38 inches while legroom is 43.7 inches. Shoulder room on the 2017 Lexus LS 460 is 58.5 inches.


3. Subaru Forester

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Starting at $23,470, the Subaru Forester is one of the more affordable models on the list. Under the hood is a 2.5-liter Boxer four-cylinder engine with 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque as standard, while fuel economy gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Inside, front headroom measures 41.4 inches while legroom is 43 inches and shoulder room is 57 inches.


2. Toyota Highlander

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Priced from $35,495 the Toyota Highlander comes standard with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission to provide 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 available with 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. Without a moonroof, the Highlander boasts 40.7 inches of head room up front and 44.2 inches of leg room. Shoulder room measures 59.3 inches.


1. Volvo XC90

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The Volvo XC90 Momentum starts from $46,745 and the model offers seating for up to seven. The standard powertrain is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque that returns 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Front headroom inside measures 38.9 inches while legroom is 40.9 inches. Shoulder room is 57.7 inches, helping make the XC90 one of the top 10 best cars for tall drivers in 2017.

  • scottao

    I’m 6′-2″ and I own a Subaru Forester and an Outback. Your list should have listed the Outback instead of the Forester since it has much better legroom versus the Forester, which is a bit cramped for me.

  • johnny

    i am 6’9 ! which one is the best for me?