When we start talking about cars, there are some things seniors love…and some things seniors love to gripe about.
Now, let’s feel some gripe.
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 the following list, you’ll see the increasing popularity of small or smallish SUVs. This is likely because the height of the seat is more comfortable. It’s also easier to get in and out of the vehicle.
2021 Subaru Forester
This car 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 trim.
2021 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.
Good safety features. Conventional shifting. Good size and driving position. Hybrid.
The 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.
Easy to get in and out of. Bigger than the other SUVs listed—but as many drivers find, it’s not too big.
2021 Ford EcoSport
A small vehicle that’s still got great features. A comfortable roomy seat, good door-opening height, and good visibility.
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.
2021 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.
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. Many dealers offer attractive options including no payments for 90-120 days, lower interest rates, plus other cost and service incentives.
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.
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!