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10 Best Cars for Tall or Short Drivers

If you're shorter or taller than average, some cars can be frustrating to drive. Most manufacturers target an average height of around 5 foot 9, but there are some vehicles that are geared better for tall or short drivers.

Consumer Reports this week released a list of the top 10 best and worst cars for tall and short drivers. They took into account seat comfort, driving position, access, and view out the window - as well as making sure the vehicle scored well in road tests and reliability.

The best cars for tall drivers are the BMW 7-Series and Audi Q7, while for short drivers, it's the Subaru Forester and BMW 7 Series. What's surprising is that some cars are highly versatile and are rated high by both tall and short drivers (see below for the full list)

As always, If you're shopping for a new car, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to quickly see what kind of deals are being offered in your area.

10 Best10 Worst
For Tall Drivers
BMW 7 Series Ford Fiesta ST
Audi Q7 Ford Focus ST
Honda Pilot Mazda MX-5 Miata
Volvo XC90 Fiat 124
Toyota Highlander Nissan Z
Land Rover Range RoverToyota Tacoma
Audi A8Toyota Yaris
Kia CadenzaPorsche 911
Subaru ForesterLexus IS
BMW X5 Fiat 500 Abarth
For Short Drivers
Subaru ForesterMazda MX-5 Miata
BMW 7 Series Fiat 124
Lexus ES Chevrolet Camaro
Acura RLX Nissan Z
Mercedes Benz S-Class Ford Fiesta ST
Subaru Outback Toyota Tacoma
Volvo XC90 Ford F-250
Toyota Highlander Mitsubishi Mirage
Hyundai Sonata Chevrolet Colorado
Ford Flex Jeep Renegade

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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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