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News   March 25, 2002   by Auto Service World

Livingrooms on Wheels Rule, says website

Web information source has issued its list of the new cars and trucks with the most driver and front-passenger space.
The winners were selected based on the average of the head room, hip room and leg room in each vehicle.
Top Cars for Driver/Front-Passenger Space
1. Nissan Maxima
2. Lexus LS 430
3. Lincoln Town Car
4. Ford Crown Victoria/ Mercury Grand Marquis (tie)
4. Mercedes-Benz S-Class (tie)
6. Audi A8 and S8 (tie)
6. Buick Park Avenue (tie)
6. Infiniti I30/I35 (tie) 9. Infiniti Q45
10. Chevrolet Impala (tie)
10. Chrysler 300M/Chrysler LHS (tie)

Top Light and Medium Trucks for Driver/Front-Passenger Space
1. Ford Excursion
2. Ford F-250 Super Duty/F-350 Super Duty
3. Ford Econoline Wagon
4. Dodge Ram Pickup 1500
5. Dodge Ram Pickup 2500/3500
6. Chevrolet Astro/GMC Safari
7. Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana
8. Cadillac Escalade
9. Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 1500HD, 2500, 2500HD & 3500 (tie)
9. GMC Sierra 1500, 1500HD, 2500, 2500HD & 3500 (tie)
9. Lincoln Navigator (tie)
(Note: vehicles separated by a slash are “twinned vehicles,” built on the same chassis, sharing most of their under-hood and interior components.

While the most spacious cars come from automakers based around the globe, a Detroit-based manufacturer builds every one of the roomiest light trucks. “Domestic light truck companies have been serving the American market far longer than the imports have, and intuitively understand that Americans truck drivers want big, powerful, functional vehicles. The European and Japanese manufacturers are starting out from a much different perspective and therefore seem to limit their vehicles based on their local restrictions, such as high fuel prices and narrow roads,” commented Karl Brauer, Editor-In-Chief of “On the other hand, our list of the roomiest cars reflects the imports’ ability to combine voluminous car interiors within efficiently packaged exteriors.”

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