You’d think that the best cars for tall people would be convertibles. You’d think that, but you’d be wrong. As a taller person, depending on the kind of car you get, if you are in an accident your forehead could hit the top edge of the windshield where the convertible top latches in.
There are two things tall people need to consider when buying a car, and those are headroom and legroom. This unfortunately for the most part, confines your options to minivans and SUVs. However, threading the needle through the Honda CR-Vs and Ford F-150s that populate various auto listings you can find other options more comfortable and luxurious.
Here is a list we came up with for the best luxury sports sedans for tall people:
Head Room: 37.8 inches
Leg Room: 41.9
Admittedly the Mercedes is missing a few inches of headroom compared to its competition, but if it’s big enough for Anthony Davis it’s probably big enough for the average Joe 6-footer. It's also going to have some of the most comfortable leather seats you've ever sat in.
Head Room: 40.8
Leg Room: 41.4
To be frank, while it doesn’t offer as much head or leg room as the Kia K900, the BMW 760 Long edition (Li) is far and away the coolest car on this list. Long enough to wrap around the world twice, this 7-series tank features a twin turbo V12, one of the few that isn’t a Rolls Royce or Aston Martin. Even cooler is its price, which just eight short years ago was more than $130,000.
Head Room: 39.5 inches
Leg Room: 44.5 inches
A more expensive Nissan the Infiniti might be, but for reasonable prices it covers the basics pretty well. There’s a lot of space in this car too, slotting into second place for most leg room. Twin turbos and direct injection aid a 3.0-liter V6 under the hood to produce 300 horsepower which is sent to big tires in the rear. While the car can only have one transmission, it may also be equipped with AWD for more precise handling.
Head Room: 40.2 inches
Leg Room: 45.9
This colossus of a car, the Kia K900 offers by far the most head and leg room out of any on this list, enough for even LeBron James. Kia’s repainting its own image in tapping into the luxury car market and making a statement in the process. Kia isn’t sneaking into this market, it’s shoving through. Interior space isn’t where the positives stop either. The car comes with full leather heated seats with lumbar support for the driver, countless safety features and a 5.0-liter V8 that makes more than 400 horsepower.
Head Room: 38 inches
Leg Room: 42.3 inches
The only hybrid to make this list is the Lexus GS 450h. For an electric and gas powertrain it makes an impressive amount of power, almost 340 horsepower out of a 3.5-liter V6, and claims about 34 MPG on the highway. It’s also huge on the inside, both in terms of head room and legroom, especially with its adjustable seats and steering wheel.
Head Room: 38 inches
Leg Room: 41.9 inches
While to some the idea of a four-door Porsche takes some getting used to, there’s no denying the convenience such a feature provides. It’s a big car, but it’s comfortable and provides a lot of interior space. The price is also astounding, considering how well Porsches hold value in general.
If you’re a particularly tall person the most important thing to do when looking to buy a car is to sit inside of many different cars and make sure they fit. Comfort is king when driving, especially a car that you’re going to commute many thousands of annual miles in. If you don’t like the taste of luxury, there are always minivans and SUVs you can check out. Those are almost guaranteed to be big enough for any height.
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