I agree: I'm not nearly as big as you (I'm 6'7" 230 lbs), but I liked it as well. I did a lengthy test drive of a 2011 kia soul manual transmission and I was quite impressed. It's better than the 2006 (old body style) scion xB because the xB pinches your legs in and doesn't have shoulder room. It's better than the new body style scion xB because the center console doesn't get in the way of your knees like the scion did for me. Better than the versa because visibility is much better due to the taller windshield. And you sit up much taller than most cars, so if you have the circulation problem or whatever it is that comes from sitting down low this is much better. I didn't have a width problem in it either. And it's one of the most inexpensive cars you can get.
It's the most comfortable car I've sat in so far and comfortable to drive with a manual transmission (at least the clutch pedal leg wasn't getting stressed or tired). For some reason my gas pedal foot was getting a little ancy after driving around for 30-45 minutes.
The backseats are roomy too, and I could sit up straight in the back, although I think my head touched.
I recommend it, I think it's great for tall people (and possibly wide people, or a combination of the two) and especially if you don't want to spend 2-3 times as much on a gigantic truck.
I'm 6'7", 230 lbs, 44" size chest for business suits (so relatively narrow shoulder width).
I just test drove a Nissan Versa. It's okay and an inexpensive car, in that I fit in it without being uncomfortable. It has the same problem
for me as the Toyota Matrix, in that my head is so far back I have to duck to see stop lights and so it becomes a visibility problem. I'd say
this is roomier to sit in than Toyota Matrix. The seats in the versa are indeed comfy as they say, and wide enough for me. Can't sit up
straight in the back though. The only cars I've found that I remember I could sit up straight in the back were the scion xB (newer body
style), and Subaru Forester back seats.
I sat in the new model (2010 or 2011) Scion xB and it's okay, and the back seats are nice that I don't have to duck my head permanently but
just sit normal. I didn't like the center console because to get your foot to the gas pedal you have to warp your knee because the gas pedal
is to the right of the center console. I don't know why they do that. Didn't have a width problem in the newer body style Scion XB. The
older body style Scion xB (2006 and before) I test drove and I had a shoulder width problem in it. It also pinches your legs in with the
center console. It had great visibility. I just felt pinched in with my legs and shoulders. I also had the knee warping problem with the
gas pedal on the Ford Fiesta and the Mazda 2.
The Aveo was okay to sit in as well as the Honda Fit. I think were both doable. As opposed to undoable such as the Mazda Miata where you
couldn't really turn the steering wheel without making more hand be blocked by your knee.
The Dodge Challenger (or Charger, I forget which, it was the expensive souped up one) was comfy to sit in but visiblity was rather low.
"Pinched" is relative to my 1995 Ford Aerostar minivan, that currently is #1 or #2 of most comfortable driver's seat I've experienced. I
think the Toyota Tundra I sat in at motor trend with the bench seat and no center console may be #1. But the driver's seat in the old
Aerostar sits up a little higher it feels like than an F150 and the roof just happens to be shaped so that I barely miss messing up my hair.
I just like the sitting up tall rather than low to the floor so your legs hang down rather than be more straight out. I think it's more
comfortable to drive than my dad's F150.
I also sat in a Jeep compass or patriot or something that the guy said had the same chassis as the Dodge caliber at the car show, and that was
quite comfy. It's funny because I'm right at this borderline where my head hits the roof for most mass produced cars, and barely misses it
for others, so the difference is just inches. And I'm making this distinction with cars: does my head hit the roof, or not, to decide if they
are "good" or "bad", when really I could be comfortable in one where my head hit the roof but not too hard and leaning the seat back still be
reasonable confortabe and "fit". I'm just spending SO much time trying to find the "Holy Grail" of cars for me, that really I should just
quit it, there are more important things in life. I did find Subaru tended to make the most roomy and most headroom (regardless of the specs
they have on websites) cars with the Forester being my preference. The Jeep Sahara or something like that with the removable roof panels was
funny in that my head barely didn't touch the ceiling because there was a recess in each of the roof panels and no upholstery there because it
was removable, and you could sit up straight in that one. Pricey though.
For some reason I avoided trying the minivans though I think you'd have much better luck with the sitting up straight business in them. Yes,
I think for tall people, minivans would fit better than cars generally. I sat in a Mazda CX-7 or CX-9 and it was nice, sat up straight, and
no head problem, and I think the visibility was good too. REally, a minivan is a tall car with and extra row of seats. If they could just
take away the extra row of seats and extend the hood out so it's not such a pain to get at anything for repairs, that's the kind of vehicle
Oh, and the Ford Transit is kind of like that, only it's unfortunately cargo + 2 seater only. It had plenty of excess headroom because it has
those raised roofs you see sometimes on vans and the Dodge Sprinter built in. It was comfy like the aerostar, and may indeed get good gas
mileage too. I wish they wouldn't made one with seats in the back.
But if you're much larger than me you might check out a Ford Transit that might be less expensive and better gas mileage than a huge SUV or
I didn't like the American Trucks (Chevy/Ford) because they had this rollbar put in that makes the roof headroom go away right where my head
would go. Normal people's heads wounldn't go there, but mine does. On the aerostar there's space right there for my head, but not say the
latest Ford Ranger or I believe Chevy full size trucks.
Just some ideas to try (ranked in order of comfyness to me for driver's seat only):
Toyata Tundra bench seat (not center console)
Mazda CX-7 or 9, I forget which
Chevy AVeo (how long will it take until this falls apart?)
I'm 6'7" 230lbs.
For me, the Kia Soul beats them all for price and room combination. I bought one recently (2011 base model)
I am 6'8 with just a 34 inch inseam so all of my experience is in trying to find a vehicle with ample headroom. If you have a bigger problem with legroom, then this response probably won't be valuable. I have driven both the Highlander and the Pilot. From a headroom perspective, the Pilot is better. By that, I mean that I can get my hand in between the top of my head and the roof of the Pilot if I make my hand flat. So, the Pilot is a better car comfort-wise for those that need LOTS of headroom. But, the Highlander is otherwise a better car just for driving. I never tried the Volvo. I read its specs and not nearly enough headroom to even bother trying it out. Please post what you end up doing and good luck.