For most buyers, the critical thing for a car is how much legroom they have. But normally, they want to know how much rear legroom is available.
However, not everyone travels with a vehicle full of people. And there are some very tall folks out there who need to put their seats all the way down and all the way back.
So which SUV has the best front legroom? The Chevrolet Escalade, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevy Suburban have the best front legroom, with the best headroom as well.
Being based on the same basic platform, these SUVs top the class.
Types of legroom
It may sound a bit strange but there are actually two types of front legroom.
Firstly, there’s the length, which is what most of us think of when talking about legroom. This is simply the distance from the edge of the seat squab to the deepest part of the footwell.
For long legged people, this is the legroom to go for.
Secondly, there’s the width. This, of course, is how wide the footwell is and it usually follows a wide seat base. But sometimes the footwell tapers off quite a bit or it even starts out very narrow.
For example, the Lexus LX570, despite being quite a large car, actually has a fairly narrow footwell, which is a result of a very wide centre console that takes up a lot of room.
Our list below will give you the best overall compromise between both length and width, so you’ll feel like you have the most room.
SUVs with the most front legroom
- 2019 Toyota Highlander
- 2019 Ford Escape
- 2019 Kia Sorento
- 2019 Subaru Forester
- 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2019 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2018 Subaru Forester
- 2019 Nissan Rogue
- 2019 GMC Yukon
- 2019 Cadillac Escalade
It’s also very important to note that vehicles with electric front seats will traditionally have less front legroom than SUVs with manually adjustable seats.
The reason is the rails which slide the seats forward and backwards have less adjustment in electric seat vehicles. This is because the screw-type adjuster which moves the seat actually chews up a bit of space, reducing the overall length at which the seats can be adjusted.
Therefore, if you want the best possible front legroom, you’re better off with a base model rather than a top-of-the-line SUV to give yourself the most space.
And if you want even more room than you currently have, check out this video below about fitting new seat brackets to your vehicle.