Here at Ridelust.com we test drive a lot of cars. Everything from sub-compacts like the Ford Fiesta, to big hulking brutes like the Cadillac Escalade ESV. We live with these cars as our daily drivers for the better part of a week and in that time rack up between 100 – 1000 miles. Things like performance, economy, price and fun factor all come into play, as does one other very important piece of the puzzle – size. At 6’4″ 250 lbs I’m bigger than your average road tester, so to me size matters. Believe it or not, it also matters for those who ride with me. For instance, I used to have an old Saab 900 SET, it was a great car but was narrow as all hell. In fact when I was sitting next to friends it wouldn’t be uncommon for our shoulders to almost touch. Combine that with the fact that we’d also be fighting for the armrest and well, you can how it would lead to problems.
Keep in mind though that just because a vehicle is physically large, that doesn’t mean that its interior is. For example the 2011 Cadillac Escalade that I tested not too long ago had a surprisingly cramped drivers compartment, whereas something like the new 2011 Buick Regal provided all day comfort. For guys like me comfort is the first thing I look at first when purchasing a car, followed by price and performance. Truth be told it’s a bitch and there are days I wished I was a more normal 5’10”. Since we get a large variety of enthusiasts on this site, I simply began to wonder how import the issue of size, both inside and out, played a part in your car buying decisions. I’m curious, so post up!