Its not a problem if your legs are straight and not bent at all. Im not sitting close but I am 6'3". Seat is back as far as it will go. I have plenty of room but if you go on a long trip, being able to rest you leg against the console is a plus. The way my leg is right now it barely touches the ebrake handle. That half inch pad would take care of it.
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