Ask the Best and Brightest: What's The Best Six Passenger Sedan?
The Internet is a funny place both in the ha-ha and peculiar senses of the word. I’m always on the prowl for coffe-snorting PR irony: the discrepancy between spinmeisters’ all-too-realistic expectations of media complicity and my time-tested, hard-won, inherently non-commercial cynicism. As for the peculiar part of the program, I get emails along the lines of “Do you know where I can get a windscreen for my Chevy Trailblazer?” I answer them politely, referring the proto-TTAC fans to model specific forums or websites. A request came over the e-transom today that took me aback—to driving automotive oddballs like the Chrysler Pacifica, E55 AMG Wagon and minivans. So I thought I’d toss this one (geddit?) to our B&B to see if you could save me the postage. “Could you please provide a list of new four door sedans that have six passenger seating available by make and model? I have long legs and really like the extra legroom provided when the shift lever is placed on the steering column. I currently drive a 2008 Buick LaCrosse with six passenger seating. However, I’d like to consider all possible four door sedans for my next purchase. Thanks very much, XXXXX, Edmonds, Washington.”
You can buy a used low mileage one or two year old Town Car for half of MSRP, sometimes even less, and have the ultimate in comfort (if not modern technology) for a six passenger sedan. I would however suggest the Ford Flex, sitting in the nether-region somewhere between station wagon and CUV, it seats six or seven dedpending on configuration, and had absolutely huge amounts of space in the first two rows, and decent space for adults in the back row. I am a big guy, in both height and girth, and generally automatically move the seat of any car I am going to drive into the furthest back and furthest down position. In the Flex, I am actually more comfortable moving it forward and up a bit, and I could still wear a ten gallon hat and not have my head touch the roof.
Dodge Charger Police. I love me some black steelies. https://www.fleet.chrysler.com/fleetcda/files/site1/type2/415_en_e_charger_12.jpg https://www.fleet.chrysler.com/fleetcda/files/site1/type2/418_en_p_charger_10.jpg https://www.fleet.chrysler.com/fleetcda/files/site1/type2/437_en_p_charger_1.jpg Oh wait, that's actually a desirable Chrysler. So you can't buy one.
Ford Flex. Not bad, but more like a wagon...
If you need "Old World" space without Suburban gas guzzling, I highly recommend the Ford Flex. I'm 6'3" and my wife is 6'0" (she's a tall drink of water!), and we both comfortably fit in either first or second row. The third row isn't bad if your on a short trip. As a Buick man, I'm guessing you like quiet and comfort. The SEL or Limited trim Flexes are really very nice. I've driven several "comfy" cars over the years (Lincolns, 300s, Acuras) and Flex is probably the most comfortable.