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What would be the best EV/Hybrid for someone 6'4 270

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Solar Joe · · 5 years ago

I'm a novice when it comes to EV. Can someone recommend what EV will be big enough for me?


· mr23 (not verified) · 5 years ago

The Leaf seemed most comfortable and roomy to me.
There is less headroom in the Volt.

· · 5 years ago

The Tesla Model S is ginormous, however, the Leaf, Volt, and iMiev are all quite roomy. I haven't checked out the Ford C-Max yet. The Prius, Ford Escape Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, and Camry hybrid are roomy but they must burn gas. I'm 6'4 myself and can assure you that you'll fit nicely in all of these, even the iMiev which, while a small car is quite roomy inside.
Now, that you know all of the serious options today will fit you nicely, you can concentrate on your budget, taste, and needs as far as range.

· · 5 years ago

If your hoping to reduce your 270, an e-bike would be ideal ;). Aside from that, I am also 6'4" (though I'm a stick) and own a Mitsubishi iMiev and find the headroom great, even in back (which was not the case in the Leaf). Backseat legroom is pretty limited, unless the front-seat passenger has the seat up a bit, but frontseat legroom is good. I also like the fact that you can step into the car; unlike my other lower sitting cars (and the Leaf or Volt) where I have to kind of crouch down to get into them. Also, though I fit fine, ironically, I didn't find the driver room inside the Leaf or Volt as spacious as the iMiev.

· · 5 years ago

Fortunately, I think the day of having most cars - even small ones - unable to accommodate tall adults in the driver's seat is pretty much behind us. There are so many other things to consider when buying an EV.

How far do you need to go on any given day? Most pure EVs are range restricted. But this might not be an issue if your daily commutes are short (40 mile round trips maximum) or you're EV is a 2nd car, complimented by another household vehicle with greater range capabilities. If you're commutes are long and/or this will be your only car, a gasoline range extended EV or plug-in hybrid might be a more practical option. How much passenger and/or cargo hauling capability do you need? These might be more pressing questions to ask.

· GasKilla (not verified) · 5 years ago

I'm 6'3" and have driven the volt, leaf, coda, Prius plug in, ford focus electric, and Mitsubishi iMiev (plus the Mercedes fuel cell car). I fit fine in all of them except the coda, the seat doesn't move far enough back for my knees to comfortably clear the steering wheel. The Coda body was clearly made for a smaller Chinese population, not larger American drivers.

Benjamin is right (besides the Coda) you should explore which car fits your needs. I ended up with a Leaf for many reasons but primarily their current lease price. I'm basically leasing the car for what I was paying each month in gas. Pretty good deal, plus the CA state rebate made the downpayment a net $0 expense.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

I test drove the ford cmax, my boyfriend is 6'3 and he had plenty of space when he drove it as well. he currently drives a 2012 prius.

· SteveC (not verified) · 5 years ago

I am 6' 4" and about 290 and drive a 2012 Leaf SL. My height is mostly in my torso, a 33-inch inseam, and the leaf still has plenty of head-room. If you are leggy, you may find the leg-room a little wanting.

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