The Best Cars for Seniors

When people age, their needs change. This is true for any stage of life. Vehicles that were ideal in your 20s and 30s are likely unsuitable for the type of driving you do in your 60’s and 70s. The elderly require a specific type of vehicle to help them travel from place to place that combines safety with class in a pleasing way. The three main considerations for senior vehicles include safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.

There are a variety of vehicle features that are important to seniors. Of course, not all seniors feel the same way, but in general, the elderly tend to want similar features in their vehicles. One of the most important features is safety- with features like traction control, lane change assist, multiple airbags, rearview cameras, and warning sounds. Other features important to seniors are seats with good back and leg support, a large amount of visibility while driving, large doors, easy-to-use controls, visible gauges, and comfort features- like heated seats, lumbar support, and a variety of cup holders.

The following four vehicles have many of the features listed above, plus affordable price points that are friendly on limited-income budgets. The following vehicles are some of the best for seniors and other individuals looking for safety and comfort while driving.

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2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8

Cost: $34,200

MPG: 19 city/29 highway
The Genesis 3.8 has a roomy interior with large doors. The vehicle comes with leather seating, keyless entry and start, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, heated mirrors, adjustable driver’s seat, five-year roadside assistance, and Bluetooth technology. The vehicle also has safety features such as parking sensors and lane-departure warning.



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2013 Kia Optima SX

Cost: $26,800

MPG: 22 city/34 highway
The Kia Optima SX is an affordable vehicle that is a perfect midsize vehicle for the elderly driver. The features of this vehicle include keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, adjustable driver’s seat, lumbar support, heated mirrors, turn signals on the mirror, five years of roadside assistance, and Bluetooth connectivity.




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2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Cost: $28,695

MPG: 22 city/29 highway

The Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited comes with all-wheel drive, which is ideal for travel through slippery roads from snow, ice, or mud. The Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited also comes with adjustable driver’s seat, lumbar adjustment, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, movable steering wheel, remote keyless entry and start, audio-controlled dashboard, Bluetooth connectivity, and three years of roadside assistance.



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Honda CR-V LX

Cost: $22,705
MPG: 21 city/28 highway
This is one of the most affordable vehicles on the list. The low sticker price makes it extremely senior-friendly. The small SUV has a variety of helpful features for seniors, including easy in and out entry, easy-to-use dashboard, safe handling, and a large cargo area.


Choosing a vehicle as an elderly person can be an overwhelming experience. However, with the above choices, the process becomes easier. There is no need to spend a lot to find a high-quality vehicle that will offer everything that older drivers need to stay safe and comfortable on the road.


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