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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-26-2003, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question Headroom Measurement

Does anyone know how auto manufacturers and automotive consumer guides take headroom measurements? I'm in the market to purchase another vehicle (in addition to my 97 Trep), and I need to know how they take these measurements. I need to know where they start and end their measurement. If anyone knows and can let me know it would be much appreciated.
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Don't read consumer magazines, just go to the dealerships and try them yourself. If you read the magazines they will say that the Honda Civic has lots of head room and the 2nd gen Intrepid is lacking in headroom..............YET, I can not sit in a Civic without my head in the ceiling and even with the power seat all the way up in my Intrepid my head doesn't hit, WTF? I think the magazines are biased.

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Yes, I have gotten that feeling when reading some of the consumer reports type magazines too.

I'm 6'1", which is tall, but not real tall. I fit fine in my first generation Intrepid. When I started looking for a new (used) vehicle, I started to run into a lot of cars where my head would hit the roof or my knees would hit the steering wheel. So I have started to take notice of manufacturer and consumer magazine head and leg room specifications for different cars. Unfortunately these dimensions have been misleading and confusing when compared to reality. I have not been able to fit in a vehicle that had let's say, 38.4 inches listed for headroom. Then in an odd occurrence I have been able to fit in a vehicle with a headroom dimension of say 37.6 inches. These two cars can have virtually the same legroom, and yet I fit in the one that is supposed to be smaller, and I am too cramped in the one that is supposedly larger. So these specifications are confusing to me and I am trying to figure out how things are measured, and what other factors can affect me being able to fit in a given automobile.

If anyone knows how these interior measurements are taken, please share with me your valuable knowledge. Also, if you're a slightly tall guy like me, and you know of a few cars that you fit nicely in; it would be great if you would post the make, model, and year of those cars.

Thanks in advance. :bigsmile:
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