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I am 6'6" - so interior space and head room is critical.
Second is reliability - my perfect car never needs to have work done except for oil change

Priorities: Front seat room / Reliability & durability / Exterior styling

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Hatch

Car Needs: Daily commuter

Primary Driver(s): Tall driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 35000
Maximum age: 3 years

Maximum price: US $ 29000

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Response from jerry.mcintire

1:36 am October 2, 2015

Reliability? Toyota. Head and legroom? Prius, and probably the Camry, but the Prius gets much better mpg. I ahve a friend who is 6' 7" and he likes his Prius. Our Prius has almost 200,000 miles and we have had just two repairs: a wheel bearing and the free technical service bulletin fixes. Amazingly, it has no rust though it has been in Illinois and Wisconsin all its life, on salted roads in the winter.
Another plus, even with the front seats back there is plenty of legroom for those in the back seat.

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Toyota Prius

Response from mkaresh

2:32 pm October 2, 2015

Any other needs and wants? There are quite a few cars roomy enough for you that are reliable for $29k or less.

The Prius and Camry (mentioned in the first response) are both very reliable. So are the Honda Fit, CR-V, and Accord. And the Kia Soul.

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Honda Fit
Honda Accord
Kia Soul

Response from mrincognito11

10:54 am October 4, 2015

If you're looking for the most reliable possible car, Toyota or Honda are the way to go. You can play around in True Delta's reliability numbers a bit, but nothing really is going to touch those two. Generally, I find that Hondas have a lot less head room than Toyota. I was going to get an Accord, but it was too tight for me and I'm only 6'3". I actually ended up with a Mazda3. It is much more fun to drive than a Toyota, and I find that I'm very comfortable. The hatch is really useful for hauling stuff - I can fit 20 bags of mulch in the back with the seats down, or a family of 4 plus a dog in the back. Averaging about 37 mpg over the life of the car, including midwest winters. No problems other than a software glitch that was solved with an update during an oil change. If you like sedans the Mazda6 is a great car, I would definately check it out. The downside of the Mazdas is the road noise, which gets a little annoying on long drives over 70 mph, but on my typical commute is not an issue. The True Delta numbers suggest Mazda is a tad less reliable than Toyota, but certainly a step above an american car.

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Toyota Camry
Mazda Mazda6
Mazda Mazda3

Response from Roccaas

12:00 pm October 8, 2015

Toyota Avalon, Chevy Impala, Subaru Outback (no sunroof).

I'm 6'4". Many people who are not as tall think headroom is the only qualification for a car to fit a taller driver. Legroom, hip room, and shoulder room and depth of the driver's seat are just as important.

As an example, the Ford Taurus would appear to be a good choice, but the space around the driver's seat, particularly under the right leg, are constraining. The center console is so wide that it cramps a bigger driver's area considerably.

I've found the vehicles above are appropriately sized.


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Toyota Avalon
Chevrolet Impala
Subaru Outback

Response from mkaresh

1:54 pm October 8, 2015

Great info, thanks for posting this. I'd like to add a place on the site the focuses on evaluating cars for drivers of different sizes. Perhaps a special review type.

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Response from Member6581

4:15 pm October 30, 2015

I am 6'4" and I rent cars for business travel about 30 weeks a year. So I have tried almost everything Hertz and Avis has available. Based on joy to drive and reluctance to return, these 3 are in the top ten for driver comfort and performance. Note only the Ford Fusion Titanium gives the performance and features. Others comfortable to drive are Infiniti Q37 and Nissan Altima.

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BMW 3-Series
BMW 5-Series
Ford Fusion
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