Ever since you got your license, driving your car has been the key to maintaining an independent lifestyle. As you get older, what you want out of a car can change. Maybe you’d like to downsize from a big SUV, go green with an all-electric vehicle, or just get a car that is easier to get in and out of.
All the different options out there can seem overwhelming, but thanks to innovations within the automotive industry that promote senior-friendly amenities, there’s never been a better time to look at a new set of wheels.
From safety and comfort to performance and looks, here are our top five best cars for seniors:
Offering a smooth ride, plenty of passenger space, and all-wheel drive, the mid size Subaru Legacy gets the job done for older drivers. This car comes with a suite of safety features such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
Optional add-ons include: turbocharged four-cylinder engine,
Prices start at $23,000
Although this more affordable car seems to only advertise to a younger demographic, the Kia Soul is a surprisingly senior-friendly car. Big doors make it easy to access the chair-height seats and the visibility from the driver’s seat is terrific. As if that’s not enough, its compact size makes parallel parking a cinch.
Optional add-ons include: Heated steering wheel, ventilated seats.
Prices start at $19,000
BMW 5 Series
For those with the means that are looking for a little more luxury the BMW 5 Series is one of the best midsize sedans on the market. Wide opening doors make for easy access, large windows allow for great visibility, and multiple assistive technologies make driving a breeze.
Optional add-ons include: multiple model options including hybrid electric model, remote engine start, ceramic controls, gesture control
Prices start at $54,000
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Say goodbye to stops at the gas station with this all-electric hatchback. Despite a small size, the Bolt can fit up to four adults and there’s plenty of cargo space with foldable seats for extra room. The Bolt gives older adults a greener, downsized driving option. With up to 259 miles on a full charge, the Bolt only takes 10 hours to charge—even less if using a DC fast-charger.
Optional add-ons include: blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert.
Prices start at $31,500
Toyota Camry Hybrid
If you’re not ready to go full electric, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is a great alternative, especially for those who rack up a lot of miles. The terrific gas mileage combined with a comfortable cabin and straightforward infotainment system make this a popular option for older adults.
Optional add-ons include: wood inlays and leather upholstery in other models, larger infotainment system screen, navigation, and wireless device charging, moonroof.
Prices start at $27,000
Driving Alternatives for Seniors
Even with all the bells and whistles to make you feel safer, if you’re still feeling uncomfortable getting behind the wheel, you may want to consider moving to a retirement community like Five Star Senior Living. The transportation services offered at each community will provide you with the same amount of freedom you receive from driving, but without any of the worry or car-related expenses.
It can be challenging for older adults to know when to transition to not having a license. Begin by making an honest assessment of you or your loved one’s mental and physical health. There are several ways to evaluate a senior’s ability to drive safely.
Just because an older adult is having difficulties with driving doesn’t mean their license has to be surrendered. There are several driving aids that can make driving safer and more comfortable.
It can take courage to broach the subject of surrendering a license. If you’re an adult child concerned about an older parent make sure to approach the conversation with empathy and support. Try to make the decision together and remember the most important part of the conversation is keeping drivers safe.