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Top Rated Coupes: The Best Coupes For Tall Drivers

In Guides by Justin Coleman

People love the thrill of driving fast. Even us tall folks. The big problem is that a lot of these two-door sports cars weren’t built with us in mind. Fortunately for us there are plenty of viable and comfortable options if you do your research. We combed over all of the top sport coupes cars on the market today and have put together a great list of options for anyone currently in the market. There are of course sacrifices we must make if we want to drive a small car – looking at you passenger seat behind the driver. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

This guide unfortunately can’t cover our entire spectrum. In testing, we could not find a single two-door coupe capable of accommodating all drivers from 6’0″ to 7’0″+ without additional customization. So our recommendations come with a caveat in each section telling you the height cap we’ve estimated for each vehicle. It’s disappointing, for sure, but there is only so much space inside these little machines to hold us and our lanky selves. Hopefully you will find something that meets your needs and you can enjoy carving up your favorite roads on the weekends. Happy driving!

* I tested these vehicles and I am 6’7″ for your reference.

Best Bets

Below are the five best bets we have found in our testing for tall drivers. These cars offer the best blend of both headroom and legroom which are the two key measurements when determining if a car will be a good fit. We would recommend that you test all of these cars out while shopping (the ones in your budget at least) to find the absolute best fit for you.

1. Hyundai Genesis Coupe


Hyundai Genesis

Photo: Hyundai




Details

Starting Price $26,750

Headroom 39.2 in.

Legroom 44.1 in.

0 – 60 5.0 – 6.0 (depending on trim)


Somewhat surprisingly, one of the smallest and cheapest cars we looked at had the most available interior cabin space for tall drivers. While the Hyundai Genesis does not offer the most headroom or legroom, it does offer the best balance between the two. This means it is most likely to fit the widest range of drivers in our experience.The Genesis Coupe provides the driver with an ample 39.2 inches of headroom and a surprising 44.1 inches of legroom. Any drivers over the height of 6’3″ will lose the ability to use the seat located behind them, a common theme for all 2+2 cars in this guide. In addition to offering generous amounts of headroom and legroom, you are getting a car that is quite quick for well under $30,000. Compared to most of the other cars in this guide, that is an absolute steal.

Like it’s sister brand Kia, Hyundai not only gives you a lot of performance for your dollar, but also a ton of cabin tech to entertain and aid you while driving. Again, for under $30,000 it is fairly difficult to find another package that is similar to what the Genesis Coupe can offer you. Because of all of these reasons, we are making this our top recommendation for best sports coupe. You should make plans to test drive this car when cross shopping cars.

* This car should comfortably accommodate drivers up to 6’9″.

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2. Infiniti Q60


Infiniti Q60

Photo: Infiniti




Details

Starting Price $40,950

Headroom 39.4 in.

Legroom 43.8 in.

0 – 60 5.0 – 5.2 (depending on trim)


It was a close race between the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the Infiniti Q60 (formerly the G37) for the top seat. Ultimately, the value and balance provided by the Genesis Coupe helped it win out but this car also strikes a great balance between available headroom and legroom. It is the second most expensive car out of the five detailed in this guide, though, so that does limit its appeal to some buyers. For the money you are getting a very good car, though. The Q60 only trails the BMW 4-Series in headroom with 39.4 inches and has the fourth most legroom with an ample 43.8 inches. As with the Genesis Coupe, any driver over the height of 6’3″ will likely lose the ability to use the passenger seat located behind them. The cabin technology is getting a little long in the tooth but it is still very functional and ultimately plays second fiddle to the driving dynamics of the car.

The Q60 is a very capable sports car. It handles surprisingly well for a slightly heavier than average sports car. It also provides you with a great soundtrack while you are carving up those canyon roads. It comes in a fairly wide variety of trims that will allow you to get just the car you want. You can opt for the base level Q60 and have a great time or go for the hotted up version in the Q60 IPL if you really want to turn a few heads. If you are looking for a luxury branded sports car, the Infiniti Q60 should be at the top of your list if you are at all concerned with your comfort.

* This car should comfortably accommodate drivers up to 6’9″.

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3. Nissan GT-R


Nissan GT-R

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Details

Starting Price $101,770

Headroom 38.1 in.

Legroom 44.6 in.

0 – 60 2.7 – 2.9 (depending on trim)


Where do you even start with the GT-R? Also known as Godzilla by car enthusiasts around the world, this car is hands down the best coupe on this list if money is no object for you. Coming in as the most expensive vehicle we inspected, it pays you back in spades with pure enjoyment. Not only is it the most expensive car in the guide but it is also the most spacious in the legroom department offering its lucky drivers an ample 44.6 inches of space. If you are fortunate enough to be able to own one of these cars you will be treated to second to none acceleration and attention from onlookers wherever you go.

Aside from the hefty price tag, ludicrous performance and amble cabin space, the GT-R is lacking in the cabin technology space. Obviously you aren’t buying this car for its navigation system but it is still something to factor in. We wanted to put one high end sports car on this list and dollar-for-dollar, pound-for-pound there is no real competition for Godzilla. It offers more space for tall drivers than its other exotic competitors but also mops the floor with them on a drag strip.

* This car should comfortably accommodate drivers up to 6’8″.

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4.Ford Mustang


Ford Mustang GT

Photo: Ford




Details

Starting Price $23,800

Headroom 37.6 in.

Legroom 44.5 in.

0 – 60  4.4 – 6.0(depending on trim)


If you are in the market for a pure muscle car, the Ford Mustang is absolutely going to be your best bet.  Newly redesigned in 2015 the Mustang is not only a great looking vehicle but also one that accommodates taller individuals quite well. Offering an incredible 44.5 inches of legroom and a comfortable 37.6 inches of headroom you should be quite comfortable behind the wheel of this American pony car. Though it’s one of the more powerful and better looking cars on this list, it can also be had for the staggeringly low base price of only $23,800. That makes it the cheapest option out of all the great cars on this list.

The new Mustangs come in a variety of options that should cover most potential buyers. Purists can, of course, opt for the powerful V8. Those seeking a better blend of power and fuel economy can go for the all new 2.3L V4 EcoBoost engine which according to Ford has more horsepower than the V8 engine from 2005. Or if you can pick the V6 to get the best possible price. If you are big into technology the much improved MyFord Touch system will be right up your alley. All in all, this car has something for everyone. It looks great, sounds great, drives like a charm and will more than accommodate you.

* This car should comfortably accommodate drivers up to 6’8″.

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5.BMW 4-Series Coupe


BMW 4-Series

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Details

Starting Price $40,300

Headroom 39.8 in.

Legroom 42.2 in.

0 – 60  4.4 – 5.2 (depending on trim)


No car list would be complete without a BMW right? While that is certainly true, the BMW 4-Series earned its place on this list. It is a very roomy car on the inside that you will enjoy spending a lot of time in. The various 4-Series Coupe models come with 39.8 inches of headroom and 42.2 inches of legroom. More than enough for most tall people to fit into with ease. And while you are in that spacious cabin you will enjoy everything that comes along with driving a BMW. Smooth and ample power, a quiet comfortable ride and top-tier materials throughout.

While the BMW does have a reasonable starting price of $40,300, it can quickly escalate with the many options offered by the German carmaker. If you can control yourself on the options list you may very well come away with a beautiful, performant, affordable (for the class and segment) car that you will get a lot of pleasure out of driving. They don’t call it the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ for nothing.

* This car should comfortably accommodate drivers up to 6’8″.

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Summary

So there you have it, our list of the best coupes for tall drivers. We are confident that if you cross shop as many of these five cars as you can, you will come away with a car that you love. One of that not only meets your needs from a performance and technology standpoint, but also with regards to comfort. We shouldn’t cram ourselves into tiny cars just because. There are viable options available and now you know about them. Don’t settle.

Here is the full list of cars we considered when crafting this guide: Audi R8, Audi TT, BMW 4-Series Coupe, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Infiniti Q60, Jaguar F-Type, Mazda Miata, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, Nissan 370Z, Nissan GT-R, Porsche Boxster, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, VW GTI

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Justin Coleman

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Justin is one of the founders of Lanky Living. He is a 6'7" entrepreneur and web developer living in Austin, TX. He spends his free time working on various side projects, playing with his two dogs, watching movies and driving enthusiastically.