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Edmunds has compiled what it considers the top ten best vehicles for senior citizens. Seniors, defined as those sixty-five and older, represent the fastest-growing segment of America's population. The article addresses the strengths and weaknesses of each vehicle as they relate to a senior's perceived needs.
The list, in alphabetic order, includes :

Are there other vehicles you think deserve the AARP seal-of-approval?

[Source: Edmunds]



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      • 9 Years Ago
      What, no Cadillacs?! And how could the Grand Marquis ("GrandMa") not make the list--who else buys them?

      My 85 y.o. neighbor was the first to buy a Matrix. That and the Element are actually good bets for older drivers.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Because we all know seniors need that iPod input jack
      , Lane Departure warning systems, CD/DVD/Navigation, and Parking Assist.
      • 9 Years Ago
      OOPS!
      "There have been some surprises when auto manufacturers have tried to hard to accommodate specific age groups."

      Just showed my advancing years: should read,......have tried TOO hard to......

      I do know the difference between "to" and "too." And two, too!
      • 9 Years Ago
      First, Buick should have been at the top of the list.

      Second, the tech heavy BMW 7-Series with its complicated iDrive would not be senior friendly in the least. Nor would the tech-heavy Audi A8. Let's be realistic.

      http://www.automobilesdeluxe.blogspot.com
      • 9 Years Ago
      911s are rear-engined btw
      • 9 Years Ago
      Most Senior Citizens I know are cruising in a Ford Crown Vic, Lincoln TownCar or Mercury Grand Marquis. Reason being is that most prefer a V8 rwd.
      • 9 Years Ago
      No.1, you aren't far off with "forgetting and walking away".

      The reason seniors buy the big Fords and Mercs is they have a lot of metal between them and what they run into or can ram their way through. Many can't see over the steering wheel.

      As for me, at 75, I'm happy with a Mazda 2001 Protegé ·hich is every bit as comfortable as the '97 Accord I had and more econmical. I like the stiff suspension because it doesn't wallow over bumps like Buicks do. (Aren't Buicks starter coffins for oldies?) One buys luxury cars and sports cars when young. When old you need a car you don't have to crawl out of on hands and knees because the seats are too low, i.e. Honda Civic. And none of the cars on Edmunds' list would be my choice for AARP folks. But then, I quit AARP because their recommendations for car insurance and other savings programs were always more expensive than what I could find on my own. (Tip: AARP gets a kickback. It's like buying that expensive dog food at your Vet.) Furthermore, I have yet to see another car I like as much as the Protegé® Many are better looking, many have more stuff, but all cost more and it isn't worth it.

      When you are old keep life simple. The best car you can own is the reliable car you have. Prestiege no longer counts; living long does.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why are they suggesting LARGE cars for old people? The last thing we should be doing is making it harder for them to park or easier to do damage when they plow into something/somebody.

      I'm not hating on the old here, I'm just trying to help. My grandparents have been much happier since they traded in their Buick boat for a Prius. It's easier to park, simplier to operate, and more fun. Let's give everyone over 65 bumper cars/golf carts and watch them live better lives. :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, I'm sure there are tons of Seniors out there just dying to figure out how to use I-drive...I had to give my Mom a week long course on how to turn the windshield wipers on and off in her new Grand Marquis.

      Judy
      • 9 Years Ago
      What! Now seniors are going to listen to Edmunds recomendations? Yea, Sure. Wonder what Edmunds age is and what he drives? If you have lived long enough to become a senior, drive what ever you can afford to drive and enjoy driving, just drive safely. Personally, I still like something with some power, but if you want to me to slow down or drive what you want me too, then buy the car you want me to drive and send it to me. Judy
      • 9 Years Ago
      You want good senior cars? Listen here, what seniors need are inexpensive, economical cars like the Cobalt or the Focus, not an A8 or a 7 Series. What's next? Senior Citizen Street Racing? I would pay money to see that. Here's a good race for that. The first one to 3rd gear wins.
      (No offense meant to seniors at all.)
      • 9 Years Ago
      To be quite honest the list is quite off from what I know and see.

      My grandmother on my mother's side has owned, if I recall correctly: 1988 BMW 525i, 1992 BMW 325i, 1998 Mercedes Benz E-320, 2001 Mercedes Benz CLK-320, 2002 Mercedes Benz C-230, 2004 BMW 325i and finally 2006 Acura TL.

      Likewise, my grandfather, as far as I recall: 1989 Ford Zephyr, 1992 Toyota Camry and 1991 BMW 850i (parallely), 1995 BMW 735i, 1999 Mercedes Benz S-320, 2001 Mercedes Benz C-230, and 2003 Mercedes C-32 AMG (which will probably be traded in this year for a new E-350).

      On my father's side, my grandmother only learned to drive 6 years ago at age 67 and has only owned two cars: 1998 Honda CR-V (which was stolen in late 2002), and her current 2003 Honda Civic.

      Also, living in S. Florida, all I see old people driving are Jaguars, Rolls Royce, BMW, MB's, etc...
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