Which full-size sedan has the most legroom?

We're looking to buy a large car this year — not a midsize like a Ford Fusion or a Toyota Camry, but something more the size of a Toyota Avalon or Ford Taurus. The thing is, we live up North, and snow is a big complaint. Also, we'd rather not shell out the extra scratch for a luxury brand. But it’s so difficult to pick from all the different large cars out there! Of cars with more than 40 inches of legroom in the front and the back seat, which is the best?

Everett, Tacoma, Wash.

Finding a car with 40 inches of rear legroom isn’t easy, especially if you want to stay out of the luxury realm. We can recommend a couple, including the Avalon, which lists 40.9 inches of rear legroom, and the Buick Lucerne, which has 41.4 inches.

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We also recommend that you don’t automatically exclude sedans with less than 40 inches of rear legroom. Despite what the measurements say, you may find that you and your passengers will fit in some cars better than others. Among sedans that have roomy rear seats but don’t qualify under your 40-inch requirement are the Ford Taurus (38.1 inches), Hyundai Azera (38.2 inches) and the Chevrolet Impala (37.6 inches).

Other factors could come into play. For example, cars with telescoping steering columns may allow the driver to sit further forward, which can create more rear legroom, so you should sit behind the wheel to see how well you fit and how much space is left for rear passengers. Dimensions provided by manufacturers are a good starting point, but there’s no substitute for checking it out in person.

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Answered by Rick Popely on June 20, 2011 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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