The Best Cars for Senior Citizens

While many of this year's new models have features that are attractive to seniors, it's really about discovering what matters most to you.
Cheerful older man in formal wear stands in front of modern white car

When we start talking about cars, there are some things seniors love…and some things seniors love to gripe about.

  • Visibility: why work so hard to see around blind corners.
  • Ease: love that easy-to-see method of going in reverse.
  • Comfort: how about a comfortable seat, heated if you would.
  • Easy In and Out: the right height makes all the difference.
  • Reliability: no headaches, something you can count on.
  • Performance: power, mileage, maintenance, and safety.
  • Price: a number you can love.

Now, let’s feel some gripe.

  • Features: don’t care or will never use.
  • Thick roofs: makes visibility tough
  • Loads of seats: if you’ve got grandkids, sure, but if not, who needs it?
  • Who can get in: big vehicles can be tough to get in and out of.
  • Low to the ground: small vehicles feel cramped.
  • Gadgets: what’s with all these buttons?

Sooner or later, the truth comes out. A car is a lot more than just transportation. We want comfort, ease, peace of mind and a price we love.

In Senior Assistance Club’s list of the best cars for senior citizens, you’ll see the increasing popularity of small or smallish SUVs for seniors. This is likely because the height of the seat is more comfortable for those with limited mobility. It’s also easier to get in and out of the vehicle.

Small SUVs for Senior Citizens

Subaru Forester

Both the 2021 and 2022 models have met the Top Safety Pick Plus standard from the insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Subaru may take the lead, with high visibility, large windows and a large front door. Check out the lighting performance of adaptive headlights to see easily around curves. This is found in the Touring and Limited trims.

Honda CR-V

Good safety features. Easy controls—simple to use and see. Safety features across all options. Generous side mirrors to make up for narrow rear window.

Toyota RAV-4

Good safety features. Conventional shifting. Good size and driving position. Hybrid.

Kia Soul

Blocky style offers a big window and easy to get in and out of. It’s a great car for city driving with good visibility and safety features.

Kia Telluride

Easy to get in and out of. Bigger than the other SUVs listed—but as many drivers find, it’s not too big.

Ford EcoSport

A small vehicle that’s still got great features. A comfortable roomy seat, good door-opening height, and good visibility.

Chevrolet Bolt

It’s electric. Yes, you do have to plug it in somewhere, sometime. However, you’re doing good for the environment while you drive. This one also has ease of access, comfortable seats, big doors and active safety features.

Toyota Yaris

Stepping out of the SUVs and into a sedan. This can be easier to handle, get better gas mileage and a much lower price tag.

How to Find the Best Car for Senior Citizens That’s Right for You

Before you make a decision about your new car, consider a few things.

First: What matters most to you?

This is personal and may include the look and feel, color, shape, and design flow. It may include pep, power, and get-up-and-go. It may be gas mileage. It may be safety. It may be comfort, ease, and familiarity. What’s your top priority?

Second: What about price?

While the prices listed here are all ‘negotiable’ — price is likely a consideration. Not to mention the insanely high gas prices these days. Many dealers offer attractive options including no payments for 90-120 days, lower interest rates, plus other cost, and service incentives. You may even want to consider a form of transportation assistance for low-income seniors.

Third: What about lifestyle?

Are you driving mostly in a city or country setting? Do you want your car for going to the park or carrying a kayak? Are you planning on loading up plants from the landscaping shop, or picking up grandkids? Do you want the smallest car possible, or the most spacious?

Depending on your lifestyle, location, and anticipated needs—you are likely to make different choices.

Assistance Club Summary

In short: The general rules of thumb haven’t changed. Drive before you decide. Choose the car that works for your body and your lifestyle. Pick the one you’ll enjoy driving and have no regrets!