More than anyone else, big people know that size matters in a car. Some manufacturers focus on designing cars with lots of rear space or plenty of passenger room- but as any dad or DD will tell you, the driver’s seat is the most important. And if you don’t have space in your life for an SUV, the good news is that many smaller vehicles also offer surprisingly roomy interiors.
Here is our rundown of the best cars, SUVs, and trucks that offer the most front space for drivers who need it. Packed with features like wider front seating, adjustable steering wheels, and extra headroom, hip room, and shoulder space, these cars are top of their class in interior size and comfort. Because when you’re looking for a new ride, you shouldn’t have to settle for a sardine can on wheels.
- 2017 Honda Accord
MSRP (Honda LX): $22,355
Honda’s handsome sedan offers a host of features for drivers who need more space up front, including a good amount of head, leg, and hip room. Plenty of space for shoulders and a wide door opening round out this comfy ride. All models in this lineup come with a tilt and telescopic steering column, and every model but the LX has a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support.
- 2017 Nissan Maxima SV
The Maxima SV is certainly not a cheap car, but you are getting a lot for your money. In addition to plenty of leg and hip room, this luxurious machine offers an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, a telescopic steering column, and comes with a manual thigh support extension on the driver’s seat. With its 3.5L V6 engine capable of 300 HP and 261 lb-ft of torque, Nissan’s “four door sports car” will also satisfy your need for speed.
- 2016 Ford C-MAX Plug-In Hybrid
Ford’s fun and functional hybrid hatchback hits a great balance between pricing, interior space, and practicality. Pleasant driving is assured with the C-Max’s above-average headroom, legroom, and hip space up front. The affordable hybrid wagon also offers in-floor storage compartments, tons of storage in the back, and a truly commendable 40-mile combined city/highway fuel efficiency to keep the savings coming.
- 2016 Dodge Charger
The Charger is tough, fast, and roomier than many cars on the market. With 56.2 inches of front hip room, power-adjustable 6-way driver seat, and the telescopic steering column, finding your sweet spot at the wheel poses no challenge. Drivers who want a car with more muscle will also appreciate the choice of several powerful V6 and V8 engines to get their ride just right.
- 2017 Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet’s Equinox has been topping all the “Best Car” lists lately, given its impressive fuel economy, attractive price tag, and all-around practicality. This crossover brings plenty of front seat space and legroom, an adjustable telescopic steering column, and good cargo space, too. Who says you can’t have it all?
- 2016 Kia Soul
Don’t be fooled by this car’s small appearance- it can fit larger drivers and their passengers very comfortably. The driver and front passenger seats are wider and cushier than expected, and Kia’s “compact multi-purpose vehicle” has a mid-range height that makes getting in and out a breeze. It’s a fun little car that drives and parks easily, taking the stress out of city driving and keeping your fuel costs low.
- 2017 Volkswagen Beetle
The iconic German sub-compact’s place on this list might be another shocker, but the VW Beetle is a great option for anyone who wants more interior space without buying a monster truck. The busy little Beetle is designed with most of its space up front, meaning its wide windshield and front windows provide great visibility. It also has wide doors, increased leg and headroom, extra long seat backs, and plenty of seat adjustability. According to Autos CheatSheet, you’re best off sticking with a simpler model, as the seats get more aggressively bolstered in the sportier versions.
- 2016 Cadillac XTS
Cadillac’s luxurious sedan has everything you’re looking for and more. The clean and elegant XTS has a modest ride height, generous doors, spacious front seats, extended seat belts, and an equally impressively-sized back seat. At the same time, it comes standard with a high-end Bose sound system, and a 3.6L V6 VVT engine that produces a smooth and powerful 304 hp to get you where you need to go.
- 2016 Fiat 500X
Fiat’s crossover SUV has been well-received by drivers who expect a spacious and comfortable driving experience. With a respectable 51.5 cubic feet of first row interior volume, the Fiat 500X fits everyone and everything you want to take with you. This little spitfire also comes with a six-speed manual transmission and a turbocharged powertrain, and is available in all-wheel drive.
- 2017 Ford F-150
For those who want a truck with extra space up front, the Ford F-150 leads the pack. The official truck of the NFL has a front bench seat that can seat three people, and offers a generous 62.5 inches of hip room. Its 2.7L EcoBoost engine helps increase fuel efficiency and produces a capable 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque.
- 2016 Toyota Tundra
Another truck with a bench seat, the Toyota Tundra’s interior space tops most full-size pick-ups. This dependable beast has plenty of shoulder space, and more than 62 inches of hip room for driver and passengers riding up front. For this price, you get a 4x2 double cab truck with back seats that fold down for more cargo space, and a 4.6L V8 engine that’s ready to tow 10,500 lbs (4,760 kg).