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#991435 - 09/18/07 08:18 PM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: Auto-Union]
Cutehumor Offline


Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 9127
Loc: USA
actually, the scion XD is a replacement for the scion XA.
Scion XD is a Vibe/matrix clone
Scion XB has been redesigned with 2.4L camry engine and is 800 lbs heavier than previous boxy design, it's still boxy but with more of a MiniSUV look.
Scion TC is the same coupe.
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#991436 - 09/18/07 08:57 PM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: Cutehumor]
rjundi Offline


Registered: 03/16/04
Posts: 6721
Loc: USA
The truth is no one can easily recommend a car. It really depends on your arm length, torso length, leg length and belly. Also if the vehicle has a telescoping steering column helps too.

Even if a car fits you may find the seat abysmal given your rear end shape.

Too many variables.

That being all said I would test drive any small car that sparks your interest and go from there.
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#991437 - 09/18/07 09:14 PM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: rjundi]
javacontour Offline


Registered: 06/26/03
Posts: 7891
Loc: Illinois
I second the comments about it depends on the body.

Sitting, I'm as tall as many who are 3 or 4 inches taller than me standing. I have relatively short legs to the size of my torso.

So, at 5'11" headroom is often an issue for me.
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#991438 - 09/18/07 09:33 PM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: javacontour]
rpn453 Offline


Registered: 11/06/02
Posts: 4842
Loc: Saskatchewan
The Corolla is definitely designed for small people, since it has very short seats. The roomiest small car is probably the Nissan Versa. I'd recommend taking a Mazda3 for a drive too.
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#991439 - 09/18/07 09:35 PM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: Camu Mahubah]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 35024
Loc: New Jersey
Id look for an MT Accord 4-cyl. 34 MPG and a better car than other stuff.

I had a ford focus rental, and found it to be great, Im 6ft4 and 235, BTW. IIRC, the MT version of that car is rated at 37 hwy.

A good friend has a toyota matrix that is is very happy with. I fit good headwise, but find it very lacking in legroom.

JMH

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#991440 - 09/18/07 10:03 PM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: rpn453]
Bill in Utah Offline



Registered: 11/11/02
Posts: 12792
Loc: UT
Quote:

The Corolla is definitely designed for small people, since it has very short seats. The roomiest small car is probably the Nissan Versa. I'd recommend taking a Mazda3 for a drive too.






I drive a 2005 Corolla and am 6 foot 5" tall. Too close to 300 lbs and fit in the car nicely. More room that my Outback.

My head does not hit the headliner, my knees have room and when on cruise I can place my feet in more than one place.

I've got 90k on it so far and still love the car. Not a single issue (never been back to the dealership) and I have only changed the oil/filter, Air filter and PCV valve. Thats it.

Last 6 tanks have been above 44mpg. Highest about 47mpg. Not bad for a 14k OTD car.

Best advise I can say is go drive the cars your interested in. The ION had good room for me also. Civic was tight for me.

Take care, bill

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#991441 - 09/18/07 11:03 PM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: Bill in Utah]
surfstar Offline


Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 4532
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
Mazda3 if you like to drive a car.

The 2.0L sedan gets good gas mileage, the 2.3L hatch is peppy with more room (wish they offered the 2.0 in the hatch).
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#991442 - 09/18/07 11:20 PM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: Auto-Union]
Cogito Offline


Registered: 02/16/06
Posts: 862
Loc: Chicago
Really? The Matrix/Vibe/Xb are the same car now? Same engine in all 3?
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#991443 - 09/18/07 11:28 PM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: Cogito]
wantin150 Offline


Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 1899
Loc: Columbia, SC
No, not really.

The Matrix and Vibe are clones, sharing the same 1.8l 1ZZ engine.

The xB has a 2.4l.

The xD replaces the old xA and shares the same engine as the Vibe/Matrix/Corolla, the 1.8l 1ZZ.
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#991444 - 09/18/07 11:32 PM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: Bill in Utah]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 35024
Loc: New Jersey
Quote:





I drive a 2005 Corolla and am 6 foot 5" tall. Too close to 300 lbs and fit in the car nicely. More room that my Outback.





Interesting... the matrix and corolla are more or less the same car, arent they?

My head fit great in the matrix, but my legs dont... Im only an inch shorter than you, so Id think you'd have an issue too (unless you have a really long neck ).

I wonder if the corolla somehow has a lot more legroom than the matrix.

JMH

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#991445 - 09/19/07 02:34 AM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: JHZR2]
Cogito Offline


Registered: 02/16/06
Posts: 862
Loc: Chicago
Yeah, JHZR2, the design of the center floor counsel below the dash makes a lot of difference. Some poke out too far or take up space to the right side of your gas pedal leg, which is my main gripe.

Xd replaces Xa? I haven't been paying attention. Didn't know that How much is an Xd?
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#991446 - 09/19/07 02:59 AM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: Cutehumor]
PRND3L Offline


Registered: 04/16/06
Posts: 742
Loc: Fla.
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800 lbs heavier than previous boxy design




Yow! That's a dealbreaker for me.

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#991447 - 09/19/07 03:07 AM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: PRND3L]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 13278
Loc: USA
A nice low mile, used 2005 Civic HX

Bullet proof and 45 miles per gallon on the highway.

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#991448 - 09/19/07 07:15 AM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: PRND3L]
Cutehumor Offline


Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 9127
Loc: USA
Quote:

Quote:

800 lbs heavier than previous boxy design




Yow! That's a dealbreaker for me.




not really, the previous xb design had only the 1.5L and slower than dirt.
this one has the camry's 2.4L
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#991449 - 09/19/07 07:30 AM Re: Small Car for Big Guy [Re: Cogito]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 10248
Loc: Clovis, CA
The main reason I bought my Buick LeSabre is for the leg room. I'm 6'2" 290 lbs and I can drive that car with my legs almost completely straight; maybe just a slight bend at the knee. I love that little car.

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