Drivers who are 6-feet or taller need more room for head and legs, so the question becomes: which are the best SUVs for tall people? Other dimensions should be taken into consideration besides head room and legroom, and include hip room and shoulder room. But, when you’re a tall driver, it doesn’t do you any good to be comfortably ensconced in your seat if your head touches the car’s headliner or your legs bunch up like bent matchsticks.

Here, then, are the best SUVs for tall people for 2010 models.

  • 2010 Honda ElementThis compact, car-based SUV boasts a cube-like shape that’s ideal for tall people. In fact, it tops the list in terms of the amount of head room it offers: 43.3 inches. Legroom is also fairly substantial for a compact vehicle at 41 inches. The driver’s seat is height adjustable, another plus for those of taller stature. Hip room is 55 inches, while shoulder room is 57.1 inches. Edmunds calls Element “a good choice for people in need of a compact crossover with a versatile interior design.” Downsides include the fact that it only seats four and has rather unimpressive fuel economy. Consumer Guide gives Element good marks as “roomy and adaptable…with Honda’s expected solid workmanship.”
  • 2010 Mercedes Benz GL-ClassEdmunds hails the luxury crossover SUV Mercedes Benz GL as “classy and refined,” saying it “rises above the competition with its confident road manners and excellent build quality.” The second row doesn’t adjust fore and aft, however, and options can jack up the price. But in terms of head room for tall drivers, it’s number two with 42.2 inches. In legroom dimensions, GL beats out Element with 52.5 inches. Hip- and shoulder room are 51.5 inches and 53.7 inches, respectively. U.S. News and World Report lists Mercedes Benz GL Class as #2 in large luxury SUVs.
  • 2010 Jeep CommanderComing in at number three on the list of best SUVs for tall people is the Jeep Commander. In terms of head room, Commander is just under Mercedes-Benz GL-Class with 42.1 inches. Legroom is more in the Honda Element range, coming in at 41.7 inches. Hip- and shoulder room are 55.6 inches and 59 inches, respectively. U.S. News and World Report ranks Jeep Commander at #10 on the list of affordable large SUVs. Its appeal is one of the lowest prices of full-size SUVs, but many reviewers complain that the interior is somewhat “inhospitable.” A midsize SUV, Commander is Jeep’s most spacious vehicle ever, seating 7 passengers. Edmunds says Commander’s “powerful V8 and off-road capabilities among its strengths,” but says it’s “not enough to overcome poor fuel economy or limited cargo and passenger space.”

Other models to consider for best SUVs for tall people include the 2010 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV (41.1 inches head room, 41.3 inches legroom), Infiniti FX50 and FX35 (39.3 inches head room and 44.7 inches legroom), and Subaru Outback (40.8 inches head room, 43 inches legroom).