Monday, January 13, 2014

The Safest Cars for Senior Drivers

It's a simple fact of life: as we get older, our priorities change. It should come as little surprise then that when it comes to cars, senior drivers do not have the same priorities as younger motorists when it comes to what they drive.

For most senior drivers, an abundance of speed or a flashy exterior have little appeal. Senior drivers are more likely to be seeking practicality, usability and safety in a new car. These priorities differ from their younger counterparts not only because seniors tend to live different lifestyles, but also because most seniors over the age of 65 have one or more health issues that need to be accommodated for. In most cases, low-slung sports cars and raised four-wheel drive vehicles are simply out of the question for older drivers.

If you are a senior who is in the market for a new car, you should be mindful of your individual needs when making a decision. Doing so can help you better determine which cars are best for you. It’s also a good idea to check online reviews of new and used cars for sale. By doing their homework before buying, seniors can be better informed consumers and have a better shot of finding a new car that is just right.

Here’s a look at some of the best and safest cars for senior drivers. All have been designed with safety and practicality in mind – you'll note that all are offered either as four- or five-door models – and each fulfills a particular niche that separates it from the next.

The Family Hauler: Chrysler Town & Country


The Chrysler Town & Country has been the gold standard for minivans since it was first introduced in 1982. Combining the driving characteristics of a traditional family sedan with the space and usability of a sports utility vehicle, the Town & Country is ideal for senior drivers who are seeking a vehicle that offers a large passenger capacity. With easy ingress and egress, senior drivers will find getting into the vehicle poses no difficulties, and there is ample seating for grandchildren.

The Luxury Cruiser: Lexus LS460


For senior drivers who are seeking the ultimate in luxury refinement, there can be no other choice than the Lexus LS460. Quiet, comfortable, luxurious, well-appointed, safe, and technologically advanced, the LS460 is a world-class sedan that will impress even the most discerning individual. What truly separates the Lexus LS460 from the competition, however, is its many technological advancements, such as self-parking and pre-collision warning systems.

The Safe Choice: Volvo S60


The Volvo S60 offers sophisticated luxury in an understated package and has been designed with safety in mind. Perhaps not surprising given the company's reputation for producing safe automobiles, but the S60 from Volvo is one of the safest vehicles on the road. In both NHTSA (National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration) and Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) testing, it received five out of five stars for safety, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it “good” ratings in all categories.

The All-Rounder: Toyota Camry


As the most popular sedan in America, the Toyota Camry is liked by many. And for good reason: it tends to do just about everything well. It provides ample performance, offers a number of amenities and features, is safe and well-designed, and is comfortable and easy to drive. Furthermore, it is available in a variety of different trim levels to suit drivers' individual needs. If you are seeking a reliable, trouble-free, and generally well-rounded sedan, you can't go wrong with the Toyota Camry.

The Gas Mileage King: Toyota Prius


The current king of the hybrid marketplace, the Toyota Prius shares much of the traits of its older sibling, the Camry, while offering superior gas mileage in a variety of body styles. The current Prius lineup includes not only the standard Toyota Prius sedan, but the Prius V and Prius C as well. The former is a minivan-sized vehicle while the latter is a small hatchback perfect for city driving. Whichever model you choose, you can expect superb gas mileage in a practical package.



By Samantha Rivers

Samantha Rivers is a freelance writer and editor who covers automotive, insurance and finance topics both online and in print. She is a contributing editor to UpwardOnward.com and is on Twitter @SassySammyBee.



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