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.
While I don’t normally see eye-to-eye with Consumer Reports on automotive articles, this one seems OK.
For Tall Drivers:
The best according to them is Audi A8, Ford Flex, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Equus, Lexus GS & LS, Mercedes Benz E Class, Nissan Murano, Subaru Forester, and Volvo XC70.
The worst for tall drivers is BMW Z4, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta and Focus, Range Rover Evoque, Mitsubishi i-MIEV, Nissan Z, Porsche Boxster, Toyota Tacoma & Yaris.
For Short Drivers:
The best list includes Acura RLX, BMW 7-series, Ford Flex, Honda Accord & Odyssey, Hyundai Equus, Lexus ES, LS, and RX, Subaru Forester.
The worst list includes Chevy Camaro, Ford Fiesta, Jeep Wrangler, Mazda Miata, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Titan & Z, Porsche Boxster & Panamera, Toyota FJ Cruiser.