blank 03/20/13 09:05AM Ford, Safe Cars for Seniors, Subaru, Toyota

The Best Cars for Senior Drivers

 

Senior drivers have different priorities compared to younger drivers when it comes to what kind of car they need. When you get to the age of 55 or 60, you look for a more comfortable car, and don't pay attention to performances, engine type, horsepower or torque. Looks are also not a very important factor. Senior drivers need comfortable, adjustable and possibly heated seats, good lumbar support, sufficient legroom, not too high ground clearance so that they can get in and out of the vehicle more easily. Also, fuel efficiency and stability control systems wouldn't hurt, either.

 

The Toyota Avalon is one of the most beloved cars by seniors. Some of the best features suitable for seniors include heated front seats, power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support and power-adjustable passenger seat. That's as far as comfortability is concerned. When it comes to safety, there are 10 airbags, and driver and front passenger whiplash injury lessening seats, traction and stability control, along with a blind spot monitor and pre-collision system. It's a bit pricey, costing $33,100, but it's money well spent because you know you'll be driving a safe and reliable car.

 

Then there is the 2008 Ford Taurus, a full-size sedan with spacious interior and excellent handling. The front seats are positioned pretty high, providing very good visibility for the driver,  and the control buttons on the dashboard are large and easy to use. The backseats are also pretty wide and with more than enough legroom, and there is an adjustable lumbar support for the driver seat. It has excellent crash test ratings, and it's considered as one of the safest cars on the market. It's equipped with multiple airbags, anti-lock brake system, and traction control as standard features. The Taurus is more affordable than the Avalon with a $23,500 price tag.

 

For all the senior drivers who like SUV's, the Subaru Outback is a smart choice. This is an all-wheel drive vehicle with spotless crash test results, excellent interior space, simple, large and well arranged controls, easy to use by older drivers. There is enough legroom both in the back and the front, with power seat adjustment and power lumbar support. The Outback gets a decent mileage for an SUV, with 22 mpg/city and 29 mpg/highway driving.

 

So, what senior drivers need to pay attention to when buying a car is good driving position and visibility, easy to use controls, access and comfortable and spacious interior.

 

By Jordan Perch, automotive fanatic and blogger at DMV.com

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