Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Harvey asks: My challenge with a vehicle is my height. I am 6’3 and it is challenging for me to fit in a car. I am a locksmith by trade and work with cars all day. What make of car and model would you recommend and what type of SUV type vehicle would you recommend?
My reply: I, too, am vertically challenged – to exactly the same degree because I am exactly the same height.
But even people who are the same overall height can have varying torso height and leg length. This is why it’s important – for us Tall Folk especially – to find a car with both room and adjustability.
VWs have more than typical vertical adjustability – and so I recommend them, for openers. The Golf is a very good choice, as far as a specific model – because in addition to adjustability, it has a very tall roofline and very generous headroom as a result. You might also have a look at the new Atlas – which I reviewed last week – if you’re in the market for a large crossover SUV.
The Toyota Avalon is a very spacious car; also the Chrysler 300. Both make excellent Big Person cars.
The Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are surprisingly roomy for tall people, too.
Almost any full-size/truck-based SUV (e.g., a Chevy Tahoe or Ford Expedition) or a full-size truck should definitely fit you with room to spare.
Be sure to check for differences in usable range of adjustability between manual and power seats and for head clearance with (and without ) sunroofs, where offered!
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