• Aug 6, 2006
A Golden Age couple asked Savvy Senior writer Jim Miller for recommendations on a new vehicle, but the the couple didn't provide a price range or say if their sunset years are spent driving like Paul Newman or Morgan Freeman. Miller took a guess and based his recommendations on reliability, ease of entry, ability to adjust the seats for comfort, driver visibility, and of course value.

His recommendations, based on data from Edmunds include:
  • 2006 Toyota Avalon (pictured)
  • 2006 Ford Five Hundred
  • 2006 Toyota Prius
  • 2006 Buick Lucerne
  • 2006 Toyota Sienna
Though the list comes from the mind of just one man, what does it say that there are three Toyotas on the list? And is this the type of list on which Ford wants to see its Five Hundred? Not many, however, would argue with the Buick Lucerne's inclusion, except perhaps Tiger Woods. Miller provides his reason for each pick at the link. What would you recommend to an older couple looking to replace their ride?

Related:
Everybody knows Buick is automotive prune juice except for GM. Discuss.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      #30 Totally agree, a nation obsessed with safety.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with the Sienna and Avalon, I see a ton of geezers in those. But I think the list is missing a Scion xB. Every one of those I see on the road is driven by someone 60+.
      • 8 Years Ago
      iQuack:

      "Generalizing about "Golden-Aged" people's car preferences doesn't mean squat"

      Neither does generalizing about people who didn't vote for Bush.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd prefer the coziness of the Subaru 360, Yugo GV, or even one of those "Feelies". Malcolm Bricklin understands folks in my age group.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My thoughts about this list?

      1.) Camry and Avalon...pretty much the same car, therefore should only get one spot on list.

      2.) My 85 year old father is pretty tech savvy, but the only feature a Prius possesses that would interest him is the keyless start. Buick, if it REALLY wants to appeal to older/arthritic drivers, should get this into ALL it's cars, like YESTERDAY. (I paid $60 and had it installed in my Dad's Corsica and Mom's Taurus...he almost stopped driving because he couldn't turn the engine on without excruciating pain.)

      3.) Sienna? I really doubt it is considered by older drivers. My 80+ year old uncle bought a Chrysler Town and Country (after buying Chevys consistently for 50 years) because he felt they make the best minivan. These types of folks don't even consider the Japanese makes and there are alot of guys and gals like my uncle.

      4.) This list is what someone THINKS older drivers are buying, or should buy...not what these folks are ACTUALLY buying.
      • 8 Years Ago
      *sigh* Americans and their fear about crashes... I'm canadian, and I see old folks driving in Yaris all the time. You are affraid about accident against a big vehicule and you bough one ''just in case''...
      That's pathetic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I totally agree with the comments about vehicles being
      so low you practically have to back in and fall down into the seat. Then getting out without grab handles is a chore. Does anyone remember just walking into a London taxi and sitting down like on a sofa? Then were the vehicles.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd suggest a 1949 Hudson Commodore 8 with Overdrive just like the one Morgan Freeman drove in Driving Miss Daisy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Of course Toyota is all over this list. GM and Ford make shit cars in terms of quality and looks. Seniors do not want to waste what little time they have left taking their car in for service at the local Ford and GM dealership.
      Of course, probably more than half of the problems with GM and Ford would go away if the UAW would go away.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm 58, wouldn't be caught in any of them other at a long stretch a Lucerne. Still love my Porsche the most and my VW next followed by my wifes MB.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why am I not seeing an '06 E-class on the list?
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