Can A 7-Foot Tall Dude Fit In Tesla Model 3 Driver’s Seat?

DEC 18 2018 BY WADE MALONE 17

Fitting a 7’2″ man into a Tesla Model 3 is no tall order.

Tesla Model 3 owner Mike of YouTube channel EV.network brought his friend Sean to test drive his car. This wasn’t a typical test drive however. Mike had a specific goal in mind. At 7’2″ tall, Sean towers over the Model 3 (and his 5’9″ friend Mike). Due to his large stature, Sean drives a Honda Ridgeline. Would Sean be able to comfortably sit in the much smaller Tesla?

7 foot tall driver tests Tesla Model 3

So what are the dimensions of the Tesla Model 3? With the glass roof, the vehicle has 40.3″ headroom in front and 37.7″ in the rear. This is more than the Tesla Model S in both respects. Leg room is similar to the Model S. The Model 3 has 42.7″ legroom in the front and 35.2″ in the rear.

To both men’s surprise, Sean can sit pretty comfortably in the car. Not only does he have headroom in both the driver and passenger seats but his legs have some maneuverability. The steering wheel and center console are often issues for Sean. But he has some wiggle room for his legs and the console does not pinch into his hamstring like many other sedans.

Tesla Model 3 7 Foot Tall Man Driver Seat

They duo tests out the back seat as well. While it is a tighter fit than the front, his legs do not touch the rear of the seat. He also has far more headroom than he does in most sedans. At one point, Mike even climbs into the front passenger seat while Sean is in the rear seat behind him. Even still, Mike has plenty of leg room in front and Sean’s legs are not touching the back of the seat.

Typically Sean does not fit well in sedans like the Model 3. So what was his verdict?

That was definitely a good change for a car. That’s been the most leg room I’ve had in any car ever.

Still, Sean might prefer the Tesla Pickup that is expected within the next few years.

Be sure to check out the full video above! Especially if you had any concerns about the leg room and headroom of the Model 3.

Video Description From EV.network on YouTube

My friend Sean goes for a spin in my Model 3 (his first time in a Tesla).

Sean is 7’2″ tall (~218cm), and had no problems in the front or back seat! I was actually surprised with this one. I thought for sure that at his height, he might have issues with clearance. He had plenty of head room and leg room as both driver and passenger!

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17 Comments on "Can A 7-Foot Tall Dude Fit In Tesla Model 3 Driver’s Seat?"

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In my M3, I take naps in my driver seat with seat all the way back almost laying flat.
Turn on A/C with some soft music playing. Do that in winter -10 degree as well.
Press a button and switch back to driving positions.

Tell me another car that do dat!

I take nap in my leaf during lunch break with auto climate control on. But I do not turn on AC in -10°C weather

Front headroom Leg room
Model 3: 40.3″ 42.7″
BMW 330i: 40.3″ 42″
Leaf: 41.2″ 42.1″

Numbers aside I have way more head and leg room in Model 3 vs Leaf.

And the Leaf’s console is a deal breaker.

The Leaf has such a frustratingly narrow back seat, too. A new Leaf would work fine for me except that it can’t possibly fit three car seats.

I’ve seen people on Youtube fit 3 child seats in the back of a Leaf, but I think it only works with certain seat models.

And it’s no good for three across with backless boosters as there is no center headrest. Boosters with backs are too wide in the shoulder. 🙁

seems to me the i3 has a ton of leg and head room. No?

Yes it’s quite good actually.

I tried the 2018 leaf, new one, at NAIAS in NY. at 6’7″ I don’t fit. Model 3 was spacious and BMW 3 series is fine too. I don’t know where those leaf number come from or how they’re measured but that car doesn’t work for me.

If I recall correctly, the quoted number for “leg room” is
the maximum distance from the estimated location of
the hip joint to the estimated location of the ankle joint,
plus ten inches. It really does not correspond well to
whether someone with long legs actually fits in the space.

A few years back, I needed to rent a car at an airport, and
in the first vehicle I tried, (a “mid sized” Chevy) I couldn’t
reach the gas pedal with right foot. If my knee went above
the dash, my heel was several inches in the air and my foot
placed well behind the throttle, and if I put my knee under
the dash then my right foot was near the driver’s door.

After sitting in a Model S a few years back, I decided that
I didn’t think I could drive one for more than a few minutes,
since my right heel was far to left of the throttle there, and
extended trips with my right leg twisted at about 45 degrees
below the knee would be pretty brutal.

J

CleanTechnica also had an article interviewing Model 3P+ owner Matt Bullard, an ex-NBA forward with the Houston Rockets.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/15/tesla-model-3-comfortable-for-nearly-7-foot-tall-nba-player-cleantechnica-interview/

According to Matt: “the Model 3 has more room for the driver than the Model S does.”

He’s correct.

I am 6.5 and all legs and I fit great in the Model 3.

Im 6’7. I wrote the model 3 off long ago for a lot of little things that I dont like about this very expensive car (death by 1000 paper cuts…not gonna spend an arm and a leg for a car i dont love 100%)

But, Im starting to come back around…this info has really put the model 3 back on the positive side of the spectrum for me.

I recently sat in Model 3 RWD LR, and lots of room at 6’7″ 265Lbs. The leg support was good and no center console intrusion either. The shoulder width was good too. Seats were super soft. Power seat adjustment was very flexible.

Relax you guys… Musk says he’s making his Pickup good for 7′ 4″ Andre the Giant. Well, not particularly him at this point since he doesn’t need it anymore.

Joke all you want about us tall people. At 6’5″+ you’re at the limit of design parameters. Frankly, Car crashes in ill fitting cars, could be deadly for tall people. With our legs already folded under the dash, and head close to the roof, broken legs and broken necks are very likely.