I’m beginning to re-evaluate some of my search parameters. Namely, I think driving comfort on long trips should be more important than engaging-ness.

Since my biggest use case for this is road trips, I think comfort should be more important. My biggest complaint with my last vehicle (an ‘06 Corolla) was I always got some lower back pain on longer trips. I’m 6'1", with a bit more leg than you’d expect, and I always felt a bit cramped in the foot well. It got worse after I starting using a thin lumbar pillow to try to make up for the stock seat’s poor support in that department. On the 7, 8, 10 hour days, it could really flare up.

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This is making me reconsider the Fit especially, but also wonder about Mazda3s. In my brief stint in a Fiata, I felt like I would also be unhappy in there for a long time, though IDK how similar the seat & foot well are between the two.

Obviously the easy solution to this is to go upmarket a little, which I might do, but I want to know if anyone has suggestions for nice cars for bean poles like me (I got only 155 lbs spread over those six feet) to drive for a long day (for, like $5k).