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What you see here is a list of the cars most often purchased by senior citizens, and thus, the fact that the Lincoln Town Car, Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS are the top three spots should come as no shock whatsoever. But look at the fourth place listing – the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. That's right, General Motors' Art & Science cargo-hauler accounted for a whopping 74.2 percent of all senior citizen car sales CTS Sport Wagon sales between 2009 and 2010. That's a whole lot of cool grandpas.

Scan further down the list and you'll see other no-surprise entries like the Chevrolet Impala, Buick LaCrosse and Toyota Avalon. But then there's the Porsche Panamera, which takes the 11th place spot, accounting for 53.3 percent of sales to these 65+ drivers meaning that 53.3 percent of all Panameras sold were to the 65+ crowd. Even more cool grandpas.

The TrueCar.com study also ranked the top brands for senior citizen buyers during 2009 and 2010, with Buick, Lincoln, Cadillac and Chrysler taking the top spots with 57.5, 47.7, 44.0 and 36.1 percent of total sales going to senior citizens, respectively. Only 29.5 percent of Porsche sales are to the older crowd, putting it in seventh place. See the full results of this study in our image gallery below.


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      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      The boneheaded interpretation of statistics appears to come from the TrueCar.com article. These numbers may show "the cars/brands most often purchased by seniors," but obviously, it is not true that 89.6% of Americans age 65 or older purchased a Lincoln Town Car in 2009 or 2010. Instead, of the Lincoln Town Cars purchased in 2009 or 2010, 89.6% of the buyers were 65 or older. Shame on TrueCar for boning this up so badly, and shame on Steven, and any editor, for blindly parroting the same obviously incorrect interpretation of the numbers. On the disturbed plus side, nearly 75% of the CTS wagons that have sold may have a high chance of reaching the used car market soon.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Call me gramps and throw me the keys to a CTS wagon then. Umm, the one with a V8 and a 6 speed please
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      My grandfather still drives his 1932 Chrysler Imperial Custom 8 Roadster. Lincoln Town Car. PSH.
      phauser
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean - "Senior citizens account for 74.2% of all Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon sales." not "General Motors' Art & Science cargo-hauler accounted for a whopping 74.2 percent of all senior citizen car sales" . Whether it's a mistake interpreting statistics or just poor syntax, it's a bad statement.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, AB. You bungled the message here so badly, it might actually be time for a retraction/follow-up. A simple look at the meager sales of the CTS wagon and the huge number of seniors would have shown you it's impossible for the CTS wagon to have accounted for 75% of senior citizen car sales.
        Carnut0913
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        That's right, General Motors' Art & Science cargo-hauler accounted for a whopping 74.2 percent of all senior citizen car sales between 2009 and 2010. That's a whole lot of cool grandpas. really didnt pay attention in Math or English, did you? And as for the Camry- sure it is built to accomodate seniors (note the large, widely spaced buttons for arthritic hands) but there are so many non-retirees also buying the appliance, that the overall % is down. Lets see the actual # of cars sold to retirees. And do retirees still buy a new car the year they retire? That was always the joke growing up. you knew how old the driver was by the year of the car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
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        wheezymofo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        In the way it is presented, There would likely be a significant number of old folks who own 1 of each of these snoozers.
      willyk52
      • 3 Years Ago
      "What you see here is a list of the cars most often purchased by senior citizens," Maybe i am missing something, but i think the chart shows the cars with the highest percentage of over-65 purchasers. I would guess a very popular car such as the toyota camry or impala (for example) is the most frequently purchased. Not many lincoln town cars are sold but those that are are likely to be bought by over-65.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      65 years old may be technically a "senior citizen".....but on the youngest end of the senior scale you have the earliest baby boomers who aren't quite like the seniors of previous generations. When my generation (X) reaches retirement age I'm sure the top selling cars will include even more sporty cars.....assuming the internal combustion engine isn't outlawed by then.
      lewazzinaroillus
      • 3 Years Ago
      one grizzled old geezer here who has the wheel of a 2008 porsche 911 turbo coupe, 6 speed of course,...[none of the sissy pdk crap for this old fart!],...never too young, or old, to enjoy the fun of a pedigree sportscar,...on my bucket list?,...the nissan gtr,...ferrari 458,...any lotus,...beemer m3,...corvette zr1,,...test drove the ferrari california and loved it,...and just got invited to test drive porsche's 918 in carmel, calif,...won't be able to make it,...really bummed 'bout that!,...but lots of cars on my still to do dream list,...you gotta have dreams,...so all you younguns,...dream big! or don't dream at all,...i alway joke,..."put a bullet thru me if you ever see me behind the wheel of a buick or mercury or some such other "official" geezer-mobile!"
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its that dirty "E" word at play here. Economics. These are not cheap cars, older folks tend to have more money to spend on more expensive cars.
      Ralph Williams
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish my granddad drove something cool. Too bad he died.
      RocketJohn
      • 3 Years Ago
      Regardless of the statistical analysis error, I am kind of shocked that older people buy wagons.
      Ross
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to take this moment to point out that this is why I couldn't buy a Buick. I am 25, I have a Pontiac G8 GT, and I like the new Buick Regal. If the Regal had been a Saturn I would've liked it more and may have purchased one. Why wouldn't I buy the Buick? Because both of my grandparents drive Buicks...their friends either have a Buick or Lincoln...Buick still screams geriatric. But hey, grandparents need cars to drive too :)
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