Which SUVs or cars have the most front and rear legroom?

I need to know the top 10 SUVs or cars that have the most front and rear legroom. My husband is 6 feet 5 inches tall, I am 5 feet 9 inches and my 14-year-old is 5 feet 7 inches. When my husband drives, no one can sit behind him.

Beth, East Norriton, Pa.

We frequently get questions similar to this, and while we empathize with people who have specific space needs, we cannot promise that the dimensions provided by manufacturers will guarantee you and other family members will fit in a particular car. We can make suggestions, but this is something you will have to find out by actually sliding your butts onto the seats.


On paper, for example, the Ford Flex SUV looks like it would come up short for your 6-foot-5-inch husband because front legroom is listed at 40.8 inches, which isn’t overly generous. However, the Flex comes with a standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel and optional power adjustable pedals, which might provide enough range to suit his large frame. Rear-seat space shouldn’t be a problem with 44.3 inches of legroom.

In contrast, the Lexus LS 460 sedan has 43.7 inches of front legroom and lots of rear legroom on the long-wheelbase version, though we don’t know if a base price of $78,290 is in your ballpark.

Cars.com lists front and rear legroom along with other interior dimensions for all models covered in the Research section, and you can search for that information on individual models. All manufacturers are supposed to use the same measuring points for calculating these dimensions, but we encourage you to find out yourself — in person — as to how much space you will actually get.

Most vehicles today come with a tilt/telescoping steering column, which allows you to find a comfortable reach with your arms after you have found the right seat setting for your legs. Power adjustable pedals are available on several larger SUVs and cars, and the feature could help tailor the driving position.

Besides the Flex, other SUVs that offer adjustable pedals are the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe (and the similar models at Cadillac and GMC), Ford Explorer and Expedition, Lincoln Navigator and Nissan Armada. You can also get adjustable pedals on the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus sedans, though we can’t promise that any of these vehicles has enough space for your family.

The Cars.com Vehicle Recommender can help you find other vehicles that offer adjustable pedals as well as other features that are important to you.

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Answered by Rick Popely on January 30, 2013 in I'm Just Wondering | Permalink

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