It’s a well-known fact not all tall people fit into all cars. However, what isn’t quite as well known, is exactly which cars are the worst perpetrators—the least friendly to tall people. Or in other words, which cars you shouldn’t even consider buying if you fit into TallSlim Tees.
The following is a list of 10 cars that have been called the worst for tall people. Many ended up on this list as a result of vigorous Consumer Reports testing, but to be honest, there is a surprising amount of disagreement. Some cars end up on both the best and the worst lists for tall people—like the Ford Fiesta (this list says it’s the worst, this list says it’s the best.)
Before getting into the list, it’s important to have something to compare the little cars against. Consider the popular Subaru Forester: 40 inches of headroom, 43 inches of legroom. Usually, headroom is measured from the seat’s lowest position to the top of the ceiling. Legroom is measured from the seats furthest back position to the pedals
And one thing everyone can agree on: the Ford Transit Connect is the absolute Mecca of tall people cars, measuring in at the legendary 46.9 inches of headroom. The only car officially endorsed by Tall Clubs International, a tall person can actually have a chance of seeing the streetlights from a regular seated position.
Although many a very compact car are tall friendly, the i-MiEV is not. Plus, it’s all electric functionality is a bit outdated; however, it still gets a 112 MPG.
Headroom: 35.6 inches.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
There’s a lot to love about the Miata, but not if you’re tall.
Headroom: 37.4 inches.
Lexus = not made for tall people.
Headroom: 38.2 inches
Ford Focus ST
Headroom: 38.3 inches.
Porsche 718 Boxster
The Porsche is undoubtedly a great car. But you pay so much for so little head room.
Headroom: 39 inches.
Ford Fiesta ST
The Ford Fiesta is a party—for short people. Don’t we get to party too?
Headroom: 39.1 inches.
Again with the Porsche! Aren’t Germans supposed to be tall?
Headroom: 38.8 inches.
Apparently, trucks come pint-sized too. Sure the Tacoma looks sweet, but do you look sweet in it when you’re all scrunched over.
Headroom: 39.7 inches.
Ah, the Toyota Yaris. The trendsetter. The fashion statement. And totally inaccessible for tall people.
Headroom: 39.3 inches.
Ok, this is an oldy to finish our list. For all of our complaining about not being understood and not being able to use stuff short people use, we still have it easier than our tall ancestors. Just take a look at the Peel P50. That is a car inaccessible for tall people.
Six foot, five inch Jeremy from Top Gear took the Peel P50 for a ride to work and he didn’t have TOO much trouble climbing into the cab. But his ride to work sure didn’t look very comfortable. Watch this video for a good laugh at his expense.