One of the main things prospective owners look for in a pickup truck is size and roominess. You want to feel comfortable driving around, with enough legroom and headroom for yourself and your passengers. We have “tall people” concerns too, so researched the specs and compared trucks for legroom and headroom. And here are the results.
The two pick up trucks with the most legroom and headroom for the driver are the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra in the crew cab configuration. In the crew cab configuration, both offer you 43″ of headroom and 44.5″ of legroom for driver and first-row passenger. When it comes to the second row, the Ford F-150 in super crew cab configuration offers the most space with 40.8″ headroom and 43.6″ legroom for second-row passengers.
What about the other trucks though? How much of a difference do you really have? We’ve compared legroom and headroom for various cab configurations of the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram trucks, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan, and Toyota Tundra. We didn’t stop there though. We also surveyed the following midsize trucks: Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline and even the new Ford Ranger.
Keep reading for the full survey results.
Headroom and Legroom in Full-Size Trucks
Full-size pickup trucks are known for their sheer size. Externally, they are all huge and impressive. How about inside though? Apparently, they differ significantly when it comes to headroom and legroom.
Ford F150 SuperCrew
Let’s start with the rear legroom champion. In SuperCrew configuration, no one can match the F150’s rear quarters. Those seeking maximum headroom will have better luck with the GM or Nissan competitors, however.
Ford F150 SuperCab
While Ford’s SuperCrew offers the most rear legroom, the SuperCab can’t match the mid-level cabs from other brands. In fact, the only area where the SuperCab shines is in rear seat headroom. There is plenty of front-row space, but not quite as much as the Silverado or Sierra.
Ford F150 Regular Cab
Ford’s single cab trucks are not short on room, with over 40 inches of headroom and nearly 44 inches of legroom. Those seeking the absolute most space, however, should look to the Silverado and Sierra.
Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab
It seems that interior space was a priority in the 2019 redesign of the Silverado. Along with its Sierra twin, the Silverado Crew Cab provides buyers with the most space in nearly all categories. For front-row legroom and headroom, it can’t be beat.
Chevrolet Silverado Double Cab
Chevy’s mid-size cab provides ample front-row space, with the most head- and legroom in its class. Moving to the rear seat, buyers will find a similar story: more legroom than any of its competitors. And with nearly as much headroom as any other truck, it seems the Chevy/GMC trucks win out once again.
Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab
Regular cab trucks can get a little cramped, so it makes sense to look for the truck with the most space to stretch out. And no other truck comes close to the Silverado (except the GMC Sierra, of course), with more than two inches of headroom and 1.5 inches of legroom beyond any of its competitors.
Ram 1500 Crew Cab
Ram’s Crew Cab pickups simply cannot compare to the competition. Sure, these trucks have plenty of features on offer, but class-leading space is not one of them.
Ram 1500 Quad Cab
Looking at its Quad Cab, we see that Ram has actually moved ahead of Ford’s SuperCab when it comes to rear-seat legroom. In fact, it is only half an inch behind the legroom kings over at GM.
Ram 1500 Regular Cab
With the single cab configuration, Ram finds itself at the bottom of the heap once again. There is still plenty of room for average-sized drivers, mind you, just nothing special in the space department.
GMC Sierra Crew Cab
If you read about the Silverado, you already know the Sierra. This is the truck for basketball players and cowboy hat wearers. Like its Chevy sibling, the Sierra pretty much beats out all competitors in the space department.
GMC Sierra Double Cab
The story stays the same with GMC’s double cab pickup. Front seat or rear, the Sierra is at or near the top in all categories. These are truly expansive vehicles.
Toyota Tundra CrewMax
While the Tundra CrewMax once beat most other trucks out there in terms of interior space, it now finds itself near the bottom of the class. That’s not to say there isn’t still tons of space, it’s just not the limousine that some of the newer trucks are.
Toyota Tundra Double Cab
In double cab configuration, the Tundra again offers a decent amount of space, with even more rear legroom than in the F150 SuperCab. But it falls short of the Ford up front and the GM twins everywhere.
Nissan Titan Crew Cab
Redesigned for 2016, the Titan is surprisingly short on interior room. Like Ram, Nissan appears to be competing in areas other than interior space.
Nissan Titan King Cab
Like the Crew Cab, the King Cab Titan is again quite cramped compared to the rest of the class. It is especially confined when it comes to rear-seat legroom, with less than 25 inches on offer. No other full-size trucks offers such a paltry back seat.
Nissan Titan Regular Cab
Again in regular cab form, the Titan is smaller than everything except the Ram.
Headroom and Legroom in Midsize Trucks
Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon Crew Cab
Surprise, surprise: GM has once again run the table on interior space. Not only do they offer more rear legroom than any other mid-size except for the car-like Ridgeline, but their front legroom specs even beat out the Silverado and Sierra.
Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon Extended Cab
While the extended cab mid-size segment is small, GM remains atop the interior space standings once again. The rear seat might not be big, but it has more room than any competitor.
Ford Ranger Crew Cab
While the new-for-2019 Ford Ranger doesn’t have official headroom and legroom stats yet, there is some good news at this point. Early reviews of the model reveal that the SuperCrew versions have ample legroom. Unfortunately, we can’t compare the specs to its competitors just yet.
Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab
Thanks to its unibody construction, the Ridgeline is very competitive in regards to interior space. While the front row measurements are decent, the rear seat is the roomiest in the mid-size game.
Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
The Tacoma might be the undisputed king of the mid-size pickup market, but it’s not because of its interior space. A decent showing up front leads to a rather cramped back seat area.
Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
In the Access Cab configuration, the Tacoma again fails to impress on interior space. The rear seat is virtually unusable by anyone except children.
Nissan Frontier Crew Cab
The aging Frontier is very similar to the new-ish Tacoma. You can sum up the differences between the models easily: the Frontier offers slightly less space up front, but slightly more in the rear.
Nissan Frontier King Cab
While the Frontier again offers more room in the rear than the Tacoma, it’s “King Cab” cannot compete with the GM twins in terms of space (or much else, for that matter).
Why legroom and headroom matter so much
Both driver and passengers need to feel comfortable in the truck. Nobody likes to drive – or ride – with their legs cramped.
Headroom also has safety implications.
Headroom should be ample with at least a feast of space available between a person’s head and the vehicle’s ceiling. According to a study published in 2011, the height of the driver played a significant role in rollover accidents. Taller drivers died more than shorter ones, presumably due to head injuries. They simply hit their head when the car rolled over, whereas shorter drivers – who had more headroom – didn’t.
If you’re considering buying a pickup truck and interior room matters to you, we hope this post helped you figure out which option is best for you. For tall people, choosing a truck that offers enough headroom could literally be a lifesaver.