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Top 10 SUVs and Crossovers for Tall Drivers for 2014


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Like that kid in high school who was an athlete, a scholar and a pretty good guitar player, SUVs and crossovers stand out for being incredibly well-rounded. These vehicles are known for offering outstanding cargo capacity and comfortable ride quality, and there are picks available that deliver strong fuel economy to sweeten the deal. Many of these vehicles boast another asset that can be of benefit, especially to taller drivers: generous front passenger room.

Front passenger room is an average of headroom, hiproom and legroom, and it gives a tall driver an indication of how much spaciousness to expect behind the wheel. The 10 models listed below offer the most front passenger room in the crossover/SUV segment. Included are models from makes such as Nissan, Toyota, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Ford. All measurements shown are in inches.

While headroom, hiproom and legroom are available for most models, in a few cases, there's only partial availability of the data. As you'd expect, our list includes only those models that present all the measurements used to determine our rankings.

Numbers don't always tell the full story, so be sure to test-drive the models you're considering to see if they accommodate your frame. Also, if you're a taller driver, keep in mind that you may be better off forgoing a sunroof. This feature can steal inches from a vehicle's headroom.

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  1. 2014 Nissan Armada

    1. 2014 Nissan Armada

    Front headroom: 41
    Front legroom: 41.8
    Front hiproom: 61.4
    Front interior room: 48.1

  2. 2014 Toyota Sequoia

    2. 2014 Toyota Sequoia

    Front headroom: 38.3
    Front legroom: 42.5
    Front hiproom: 62.5
    Front interior room: 47.8

  3. 2014  Cadillac Escalade

    3. 2014 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV (tie)

    Front headroom: 41.1
    Front legroom: 41.3
    Front hiproom: 60.5
    Front interior room: 47.6

  4. 2014  Chevrolet Suburban

    3. 2014 Chevrolet Suburban (tie)

    Front headroom: 41.1
    Front legroom: 41.3
    Front hiproom: 60.3
    Front interior room: 47.6

  5. 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

    3. 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe (tie)

    Front headroom: 41.1
    Front legroom: 41.3
    Front hiproom: 60.3
    Front interior room: 47.6

  6. 2014 Toyota  Highlander

    4. 2014 Toyota Highlander

    Front headroom: 40.7
    Front legroom: 44.2
    Front hiproom: 57.2
    Front interior room: 47.4

  7. 2014 GMC  Yukon

    5. 2014 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL

    Front headroom: 40.3
    Front legroom: 41.3
    Front hiproom: 60.3
    Front interior room: 47.3

  8. 2014 Nissan Pathfinder

    6. 2014 Nissan Pathfinder (tie)

    Front headroom: 42.2
    Front legroom: 42.3
    Front hiproom: 56.8
    Front interior room: 47.1

  9. 2014 Toyota  Highlander Hybrid

    6. 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (tie)

    Front headroom: 39.8
    Front legroom: 44.2
    Front hiproom: 57.2
    Front interior room: 47.1

  10. 2014 Ford  Expedition

    7. 2014 Ford Expedition

    Front headroom: 39.6
    Front legroom: 41.1
    Front hiproom: 60.2
    Front interior room: 47.0

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Comments

  • I would love to see an article on the "Top 10 Sports Cars and Sports Coupes for Tall Drivers", especially since not all sports cars and sports coupes accommodate tall drivers very well.

  • tbavis tbavis Posts:

    If you're not too wide... the Subaru Forester beats all but the Highlander for legroom, all but the Pathfinder for headroom.

  • bgsntth bgsntth Posts:

    I sat in a Sequoia (Sunroof) last weekend and my head was firmly in the headliner with the seat lowered all the way. It was grazing the headliner on a 2014 Escalade (sunroof) we rented for two weeks on vacation. I'm pretty sure that your measurements are for vehicles with no sunroof, which are very rare in coastal CA. For reference, I can place my fist between the top of my head and the headliner in my 2008 Range Rover and 2014 Accord Sport.

  • texases texases Posts:

    Edumnds/Warren - Drop the "hiproom" part of the ranking. It's all about headroom and legroom for us tall guys. If you want a "Best cars for the overweight", that's something else...

  • patrickw patrickw Posts:

    I agree with @texases. For me (since I like to sit up straight), the only real measurement that matters is headroom, but I suggest that vehicles with seatbacks that force tall drivers to slouch (e.g., the current Altima, Chevy Aveo, etc.) should come with warning labels.

  • berri berri Posts:

    I don't understand why with so many models you have to get a headroom robbing sunroof if you want leather. That's a particular weak point with Asian makes.

  • texases texases Posts:

    > @berri said: > I don't understand why with so many models you have to get a headroom robbing sunroof if you want leather. That's a particular weak point with Asian makes. My favorite complaint! I have limited my car choices to those without sunroofs, both Lincolns. But that may no longer be the case....grrrrrr.

  • stever stever Posts:

    A reporter is looking for shoppers who recently traded in a midsize sedan for an SUV because they think gas prices aren’t a big deal anymore or they were just blown away by the fuel-efficient crossover offerings now available. If you think you can help, please reach out to pr@edmunds.com by no later than Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

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