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Best cars for tall or short drivers


2014 Honda Odyssey (Honda)

To find out which vehicles are better or worse for each, Consumer Reports took a closer look at test scores of recently tested vehicles, that are still relevant to the 2013 models, for seat comfort, driving position, access, and the view out. The shortest tester is 5 feet 1 inch, while the tallest is 6 feet 4 inches.

A handful of cars are especially versatile and were rated very highly by both tall and short testers. Families with different-sized drivers might consider the Honda Accord or the Subaru Forester. Similarly, several models serve neither tall nor short drivers well, such as the Chevrolet Camaro and the Jeep Wrangler. Sports cars by their very nature cater poorly to both extremes: Tall people hit the roof, while short people can't reach the clutch.

For tall drivers

10 Best 10 Worst
Audi A8 BMW Z4
Ford Flex
Fiat 500 Abarth
Honda Odyssey Ford Fiesta ST
Hyundai Equus
Ford Focus ST
Lexus GS Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Lexus LS Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Nissan Z
Nissan Murano Porsche Boxster
Subaru Forester Toyota Tacoma
Volvo XC70 Toyota Yaris

For short drivers

10 Best 10 Worst
Acura RLX Chevrolet Camaro
BMW 7 Series Ford Fiesta ST
Ford Flex
Jeep Wrangler
Honda Accord Mazda MX-5 Miata
Honda Odyssey Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Hyundai Equus Nissan Titan
Lexus ES Nissan Z
Lexus LS Porsche Boxster
Lexus RX Porsche Panamera
Subaru Forester Toyota FJ Cruiser

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