7 best new cars for retirees

You won't see ads that tout how well these vehicles transport seniors, but these models boast power accessories, extra support, quiet rides, safety features and decent fuel economy.

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Sep 3, 2012 5:32AM
I'm retired and drive a pickup truck. Who writes this crap?
Sep 3, 2012 12:03PM

This is an insult to seniors!!!  We do not buy cars based on our age.  We buy the vehicles we want just like we always have.  Personally, at 68, I still love my full size pickup.  It is easier to step up into it and step down from it than it is to fall in and need a hoist to get out.  Give me a break.

Sep 3, 2012 8:03PM
 am an old vet, don;t need poor advise on type of vehicle for a retireds person ' will buy wat I want and it will definitely be AMERICAN MADE vehicle, put that in your rice pipe and smoke it !!!
Sep 12, 2012 3:39PM
I'm 65 years old I have a '69 Buick skylark, Ford King ranch pickup, Nissan Pathfinder , Buick lesabre, and my favorite car a '87 Buick Grand National turbo V-6 that runs 121 MPH in 11.50 1/4 mi and gets 26 MHP with the turbo turned off. power everything. I am my own auto expert and advisor, there are many more of us that have forgotten more about the automobile business than this author will EVER know. Poor try at being and advisor/ expert.hahaha
Aug 31, 2012 10:50PM
This article assumes that everyone over 50 is tired, stiff, semi-handicapped, and ready for the nursing home.  I am 58, and wouldn't want any of these vehicles.  After working all my life, I want to have some fun with the car I drive.  Give me a high-performance car with a manual transmission any day over these vehicles.  I like a stick, and clutch, and a BIG V8.  Gas mileage be damned.
Sep 4, 2012 1:29AM
retired at 58, and bought me a little red vette
Sep 3, 2012 7:48PM
Wow! when did retierment mean turning your back on the American auto market. Maybe your suggestions are for retiered auto workers who are tired of looking at American cars. For those of you that believe forigen cars are a better value you should save some of your hard earned money and go buy your car in the country that it was built in and then stay.
Sep 12, 2012 5:11PM
Maybe they should interview a few seniors (not necessarily the ones on this thread who seem to be in fine health) and see what they want before writing this kind of article. I can imagine that they might like:
1. An American car, they are seniors and Americans are making some great cars
2. Visibility in all directions, for stiff necks
3. Easy entry/exit
4. Room for wheel chairs and medical equipment
5. Forget the mileage, most seniors don't drive enough to take advantage of that
6. Crash protection
7. Good heating/cooling for creaky bones
8. A monitoring system to let them know how they are driving (when to give it up) and let their families know where they are.
9. A easy to use readable/speakable GPS
Sep 12, 2012 3:07PM
I'm seventy years old and I need dependability in a car. I looked at many of the new offerings and came to realize that electronics are, while somewhat reliable, beyond repair without a lot of sophisticated diagnostic equipment. Not wishing to invest in such equipment and certainly not wanting to share most of my money with car dealerships that charge extremly unreasonable rates for repairs and maintenance, I decided that I could better spend my money on an older car that I can maintain myself without paying ridicules repair rates. I choose a nice seventy one Cadillac Fleetwood. Not too big (Slightly longer than an extended cab full sized pickup, makes it easy to spot in a parking lot.) extremly well made has all the bells and whistles of most newer cars (thermostatically controled heat and air, set it at seventy five and it automatically maintains that temp hot or cold, heated seat warmers, windshield deicers, automatic headlight dimmers, adjustable delayed headlight off, power disc brakes,leather seats, enough power to maintain seventy miles an hour even up the steepest grade without falling below the set criuse limit, and large enough for an average sized American to fit in comfortably. It dosent jar your teeth while running on the unmaintained city streets most city's have and you cant even feel speed bumps even while taking them at thirty miles an hour. Since rebuilding it in nineteen ninty three I've had to replace one fuel pump and the right power window motor. It has over a hundred thousand miles on it since the rebuild, doesent use a drop of oil, runs perfect on regular gas and looks better than new because of the custom paint. I have less than ten thousand dollars in that rebuild and a car that is one hundred per cent available when I need it. Oh yeah the bose stereo is awesome. As for gas milage I dont make three hundred dollar a month payments on it, Ive never paid for any repairs other than parts so even though it only gets fifteen miles a gallon around town, I still save money every month.
Sep 12, 2012 2:48PM

I'm very close to retirement age and I just bought a Corvette. It will be with me well into retirement. I don't understand why the cars on the list are any better than the thousands of other cars available. They are probably perfectly fine cars, but I don't want any of them. And I don't think the list is relevant.

Sep 3, 2012 8:01AM
what a joke.. people cant afford these vehicles.   I know when I retire, I sure wouldnt be able to...
Sep 12, 2012 2:48PM
Best for retirees.  What nonsense.  The whole article should be labelled "Paid Advertisement." 
Sep 4, 2012 6:39PM

The cars listed are similar to the ones I owned when I needed to haul around my kids. When I retire I plan to buy something sporty, like a Camero SS or Mustang GT.  I know these cars are fossils, but so am I.

Sep 4, 2012 1:26AM
I've always bought american and wiil never buy those so calles rice cans-they may be made in u.s. but the profit ends up in japan or wherever!!! We drive gmc truck and suv and have a corvette to have some fun. who the cares what people think we should drive
Sep 12, 2012 7:16PM
I don't know how in the hell I got to be 65 and retired COMFORTABLY without your advice.  I am a baby boomer, hence was born with a brain and the WILL to work for a living!  No help needed here;  go get a real job!
Sep 10, 2012 5:15PM

Why is "keyless start" a "feature for older drivers"?


Are you assuming that once we reach a certain age, we no longer have the strength to turn a key?


Pushing a button to start a vehicle went away in the late 40's, and there's no good reason to bring the "technology" back!

Sep 4, 2012 1:07PM
These cars are a snore-fest.  Got a year left at this job and then I'm gonna hit the road in a shiney new camaro convertable V8. (only consession to age is it won't be a corvette).
Sep 12, 2012 5:52PM

Sorry but there isn,t a car on this list I would give you two cents for. The people comprising these lists must have stock in cars from other lands. Really too bad to.


Sep 10, 2012 7:55PM
It's funny, because at 55 now and retired I was able to finally buy a muscle car.   I bought a 2010 Mustang GT and luv it.  Now I'm looking for a 1960's muscle car I can actually work on with no computers, cats, efi, just a good old American made muscle car Ford, Chevy, Mopar it doesn't matter.
Sep 1, 2012 12:47AM
Those cars do not appeal to my husband or I.  We drive a Honda Civic 2dr coupe.  It is small, has a great little engine, turns on a dime in traffic, easy to park and has great safe features like air bags, and cheap on gas.  Our car is now four years old. It is a 2008 and runs great!
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