I've had a Model 3 reservation since the days it mattered but timing was lousy on pulling the trigger. In May 2017 when we needed to dispose of my wife's failing Mini Countryman, she wanted an all electric car but at my height, I can't drive a Nissan Leaf (either iteration). And the Model 3 was unavailable so we pulled the trigger on a Chevy Bolt, going as far as getting it shipped to Tennessee. That car has done well for us and we'll likely keep it as it looks like a good first car for my daughter when she gets of driving age in 2021.
But I still have the Model 3 reservation I haven't cancelled and now my 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Sport will come off lease in April. The V-Sport has been a great car....best I've owned. It's been a lot of fun....my personal midlife crisis vehicle since I can't fit into a little sports car and I've driven a lot of Cadillacs over my life.
A friend of mine got one of the first Model 3s in Nashville last June and let me drive it around for half an hour. At least it proved I could get behind the wheel. But I wanted to revisit that experience and bring my teenage son with me (6'1") to see if my kids could sit behind me when my family of four would all be in the car. No car has the perfect driving position for me...my legs are just too long with a 40" inseam. So I have to figure out what I can live with for my primary vehicle. The motivations are different for my wife's car....I just have to be able to drive it safely without impinging on the steering wheel or other surfaces. But I really want my driving position too be comfortable since in middle age my knees aren't what they used to be and I can get some pain in my right knees if it's bent too much for too long.
The CTS is a (relatively) great seating car for me since the drivers seat goes back a lot....to the point where you can't really put anyone outright of a small kid behind you. That worked when my daughter was 9. Now at 12 1/2, she the size of a full grown woman. And my 15 year old son is obviously the size of a full grown man (he's autistic and will never drive). I'm still interested in driving a sedan and not going back to a crossover/SUV right now.
So I went to the Tesla Store yesterday to check the drivers seat and my knee position critically....and I can't say I'm thrilled. Can I get my legs, especially my right knee in the vehicle without hitting anything and giving my hands enough freedom around the wheel? Yes. Can the steering wheel adjust enough to be comfortable? Yes. Is there enough rear seat room for the now-larger kids? Yes (I brought my son to make sure). But does the seat go back enough that I'm ok with the angle of my knee compared to the CTS?
No. It's close, but no.
It some ways, the issue is not unlike getting into the Bolt except as I said earlier, the Bolt isn't my daily driver. It would be nice to have another inch or so of seat travel but it doesn't seem like the car has it. So now I'm not sure about the decision I make. Do I put up with the issue and hope it fades into the background considering the other cool stuff I get with the vehicle? Do I walk and either get another CTS (or just buy the car I'm already driving)? Is there another solution I'm missing? Originally I wanted a Model S which largely works for my legs (the center screen comes a little close to my right knee) but it's kinda getting out of my price range now.