One of the nice things about the LA Auto Show is that it gives the consumer a chance to try out a car without the fear of a salesman. So with the wide variety of cars we decided to give all the small cars the Large Guy stamp of approval. My friend and I are both taller than normal. I come in at 6’2” 300 lbs and hes about 6’4” 240 lbs. We definitely put these little rides to the test in height and width. Here’s the photos of us and the cars we tried.
The Smart Car wasn’t so bad, it actually fit well for a wide person, but not so much for the tall. If this car had the top on we would of both had a hard time trying to drive it. Although this car was easy to get in and out of for both of us, its still not very high on our list for a small car for a large guy.
Mini Cooper Roadster
Over all the Mini Cooper is a well rounded small car with a good driving pedigree,its light, sporty and can be really fun to drive. Of all the cars we tested the Mini Cooper is the largest car of the group but even that extra size did not help. With a roof the car is harder to get in and out of, it does have some girth for the wider of folks but not so much for the height this car comes in a close second from our next car because it can be easily adjusted to fit a larger person. If you had this roadster we tested you would need some glasses or a full face mask as you’d be eating more bugs than a motorcycle rider.
FIAT 500 ABARTH
The Fiat 500 is the best small car for a tall person. It was definitely the best choice for the driver as the seat was fully adjustable for height and length. This car gave the overall best comfort and adjustability to make the car fit either a rather short person, or like us really tall and in my case wide and tall. This car gets the large guy stamp of approval.
The Scion IQ is one of the newest cars to hit the road, we did see it last year at the Auto Show but its only been until recently when I’ve started seeing them on the streets. This car was literally the worst car of the pack, it had very limited adjustability and poor driveability for a taller person, you’d almost have to ACE Ventura the car to get comfortable or lean all the way back like some kind of gangster. If your tall, this car is not for you. There is literally no headroom.
Nissan NV2500 HD
The NV2500 HD is no small car but its the ultimate car for Large people or even a herd of wild animals is the Nissan NV2500 with the available height for us to fully stand in its cargo area this is the largest vehicle we could find at the show!