Seniors have unique car needs. Arthritis Foundation has identified the features that make a car senior-friendly. The vehicle should be easy to get in and out of, with good visibility all around, control buttons that do not require turning, and if available, rear view camera to prevent neck craning, and extra-bright headlights to help with night driving. Furthermore, optional safety features, such as blind spot warning, front-collision warning, and automatic braking, are very helpful to prevent collisions. A large trunk for storing mobility scooter, cane, or walker also helps if it's not too hard to access.
With all that in mind, Consumer Reports picked the top 25 senior friendly cars in its tested fleet. We picked the best five in the lot that are not minivans or 3-row SUVs.
Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback
The Outback is slightly longer and bigger but has better headlights. Both are crossover wagons, and has excellent visibility, though Forester has the edge in front seat comfort. Both are available (at extra cost) with the safety features such as blind spot warning, front collision warning, and auto-braking. Forester is expected to come with some safety features standard starting with the 2019 model year.
A much shorter car than either of the Subarus, the upright seats, and big windows offer excellent visibility and comfort. Though marketed toward a younger audience, Kia Soul makes a good senior car with optional HID headlights, rear camera, and the optional safety features along with touchscreen controls and voice recognition.
The RAV4 is getting a redesign in 2019, but it already has automatic braking and forward collision warning as standard features since 2018. Blind spot warning is extra. It is reliable, and it has good front seats due to being a compact SUV. Visibilities and controls, however, remain merely average.
Yes, yet another Subaru, and one of the few sedans in the list of 25, the front seat is not as easy to get in or out of as the two crossovers, but visibility and controls are uniformly excellent as it's the same system. Again, the safety features are optional but available.
Choosing the right vehicle is essential to maintain an active senior lifestyle.
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