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Best Cars for Tall People From Consumer Reports' Tests

These CR-recommended models are tailored to large drivers

A tall person standing next to a Kia Soul

A key factor in long-term satisfaction with a vehicle is a good fit. All the performance data in the world can’t overcome the fact that just like people, cars come in all shapes and sizes.

Consumer Reports uses a range of test drivers to assess driver comfort, including short and tall staff members. Each participant in this jury evaluates access, driving position, front-seat comfort, and visibility.

The results are tabulated to create composite scores that are presented on the car model pages, where CR members can find our complete road tests and survey results.

But to help tall drivers find the cars and SUVs that may fit them best, we focused on the specific results from our tallest drivers.

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“When judging cars, I pay particular attention to the balance of legroom, headroom, and comfortable reach to the steering wheel," says CR’s Senior Auto Testing Technician Ryan Pszczolkowski. “Having a steering wheel that can tilt and telescope makes a big difference.”

This 6-foot, 2-inch tester points out that tall drivers don’t necessarily have to buy a bigger vehicle to find comfort, but he cautions that some models give drivers space at the expense of room for rear passengers. It's important to see how a car will work for your specific needs before buying and often that means bringing the whole family to the dealership for a fitting.

To steer you in the right direction, we've identified below the best cars and SUVs for tall drivers in several size classes. Within each class, we also list the next best alternatives in rank order. Measurements and comfort ratings can be compared on the model pages, linked from the ratings boxes below.

Best Cars for Tall People, tall driver shown fitting in a compact car

Best Compact Car for Tall Drivers