As drivers age, their car priorities shift. Where you may have once craved fast speeds and flashy colors, or multiple seats for chauffeuring kids, now you may be thinking about clear visibility, easy front-seat access, and easy-to-use controls.
To help, Consumer Reports has a new list of the top 25 cars for older drivers. The models were ranked on safety factors like forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot warning technology. They’re also user-friendly, with easy-to-read and reach controls, powerful headlights, and a driver’s seat that’s easy to get in and out of.
Many older drivers also seek cars with a fairly low initial price point, and fuel efficiency. Most of the models on this list check both those boxes.
Topping the charts is the Subaru Forester. It’s roomy, fuel-efficient and responsive, and offers great visibility, all for a decent price. The only thing the Forester is missing is exceptional headlight performance, but Consumer Reports’ second-place choice, the Subaru Outback, provides strong lighting for those that need it.
Farther down the chart you’ll find models like the Nissan Rogue, Toyota Corolla, and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
The top 10 picks are below. Click here for the full list. Happy driving!
|1. Subaru Forester||$24,295 – $34,295||Access, visibility, control|
|2. Subaru Outback||$26,345 – $38,995||Visibility, control, |
|3. Kia Soul||$16,490 – $35,950||Access, control|
|4. Chrysler Pacifica||$26,995 – $45,395||Access, control|
|5. Subaru Legacy||$22,545 – $31,545||Visibility, control|
|6. Kia Sportage||$23,750 – $34,600||Access, control, headlights|
|7. Toyota Highlander||$31,330 – $48,630||Access|
|8. Toyota RAV4||$24,510 – $36,250||Access, headlights|
|9. Honda Odyssey||$30,090 – $46,970||Access, headlights|
|10. Nissan Rogue||$24,800 – $32,890||Access, control|