Best Cars for Seniors
Deaths, injuries and property losses result from thousands of car crashes on our nation’s highways and streets every year. In 2009, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 359,000 deaths on American roadways. The states that lead in traffic fatalities are: California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, each with over one thousand fatalities in 2009. Many times, insurance pays some recompense for these losses, but there is no recompense for a lost life.
Insurance companies track which car makes and models are safer to drive and which are involved in more accidents. Because they have this information, they also charge lower rates to insure safer cars and safer drivers. That can result in savings for seniors who chose to buy safer automobiles.
The number of traffic deaths per year is trending downward, primarily due to manufacturers building safer vehicles. Modern cars come with lots of safety features that Henry Ford never dreamed of. Some of them have other features, too, that appeal to seniors. If you are in the market for a car, look for some of these features on automobiles that you consider buying.
Ease of access
- A low step-in height will make it easy to get in and out
- Tall seating position is great for seeing out in all directions
- Power driver’s seat to make adjusting it effortless
- Push-button starter with keyless access
- Easily accessible cargo load floor
- 360-degree camera or backup camera to make parking especially easy
- Automatic headlights so you don’t forget to turn them on or off
- Simple control layout
- GPS for directions when driving in unfamiliar areas
- Leather upholstery
- Heated front seats
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Comfortable ride
- Fuel economy, so you don’t feel that your wallet is being drained with every trip to the store.
These features or similar ones are offered by most car manufacturers today. You may not be able to find all of them, especially if you are looking for a used car. But you can think about the ones that are most important to you before you get to the car lot, so that you know what to tell the salesman.
Auto Trader recommends these new and used cars as especially appropriate for seniors, offering many features for safety and comfort. If the new ones are beyond your budget, take a look at the same models a year or two old. You’ll find the savings is significant.
- 2016 The Acura RDX, luxury SUV
- 2016 Buick Encore, high driver’s seat and low step-in
- 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey, minivan
- 2009-2014 Hyundai Genesis, muscular powertrain
- 2008-2012 Infiniti EX35, luxury and comfort
- 2016 Jeep Cherokee, compact crossover
- 2010-2012 Lexus RX, high quality ride, 32 mpg highway
- 2016 Scion xB, unique boxy shape, roomy interior
- 2016 Subaru Outback, midsize wagon; automatically stops the car at low speeds if an impending crash is detected
- 2016 Toyota Prius, best for fuel economy: 51 mpg city
No matter what car you drive, be sure to fasten your seat belt and have all your passengers fasten theirs. Seat belts save lives. Happy car hunting!
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