Top 5 Cars for Seniors
Enhanced technology and comfort help older drivers stay safe on the road
For many seniors, being able to drive is an important part of staying independent and active. And luckily, there are a variety of vehicles that accommodate individuals who may have restricted mobility and reduced visual acuity. Here are five vehicles that experts say are perfect for aging drivers:
- Mazda5. The Mazda5, particularly the 2010 model, got the attention of AOL Autos for several reasons. First, the van features a nearly unobstructed all-around view; the small windows located near the side-view mirrors also help drivers see what's just ahead of the vehicle when parking. Large front-door openings provide plenty of room for getting in and out of the van, and the sliding rear doors require little strength to move. There's plenty of room for walkers and canes, and the front seats are at a comfortable height for shorter individuals.
- Nissan Cube. Although funky enough for younger generations, the Cube is also great for seniors. In addition to the Cube's accommodating seating positions, its swing-out rear cargo door is easier for many people to operate than a hatch. Drivers also get great visibility with the Cube.
- Toyota Venza. AOL Autos praises the Venza for its easy-to-read instruments, excellent outward visibility and optional power rear hatch. Purposefully narrow rocker panels also help drivers and passengers enter and exit the Venza safely.
- Toyota Avalon. Kiplinger's approves of the Avalon, especially the 2011 model, thanks to its eight-way power driver's seat with power lumbar adjustment features. With driver's seat memory option, both driver and passenger get these power features and heated seats. The dash control area is large and easy to use, and a backup monitor comes standard in the rearview mirror.
- Mercedes-Benz E350. For those who love luxury, the E350 offers plenty. Kiplinger's gives this Mercedes-Benz high points for seats that adjust 14 ways and for standard Attention Assist technology. Seniors may also want to opt for the Driver Assistance Package, which adds active blind-spot and lane-keeping monitoring.
While some older drivers find a wide variety of vehicles to be comfortable and accommodating, there are many who require features like large instrument panels and wider spaces in which to maneuver. Fortunately, there are numerous options for seniors who love being behind the wheel. Contact us if you're thinking about upgrading your car and let us walk you through our financing options.