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Best cars for older drivers

Published: August 2012

Many seniors begin having problems long before they lose their driving ability. Some have basic challenges in simply getting in and out of their vehicles and being able to see out properly.

Automakers have been somewhat hit or miss in designing cars that are friendlier for seniors. Some are designing controls with larger buttons and more readable labeling. For drivers who find it difficult to turn their heads, features such as rear-backup cameras, blind-spot-detection systems, small convex mirrors added to a car’s regular side mirrors, and cross-­traffic alerts that detect passing cars in the rear when backing up help increase visibility and awareness of surrounding cars.

This list below includes new and used vehicles that scored well in Consumer Reports tests for access, visibility, front-seat comfort, driving position,and controls. All vehicles have average or better reliability, and most have standard electronic stability control. (It’s optional on the Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, and Toyota Camry prior to 2010.)

Acura RDX (2013)

Ford Taurus (2008-2009)

Honda Accord V6 (2006-2007)

Honda Accord (2008-2012)

Hyundai Azera (2006-2011)

Hyundai Genesis (2009-2012)

Infiniti M (2006-2010)

Lexus RX (2006-2009)

Mercury Sable (2008-2009)

Nissan Altima (2010-2012)

Subaru Impreza (2012)

Subaru Legacy (2010-2013)

Subaru Outback (2010-2013)

Subaru Forester (2009-2012)

Toyota Avalon (2005-2012)

Toyota Camry (2007-2012)

Toyota Highlander (2004-2012)

Toyota RAV4 (2006-2012)

Volkswagen Tiguan (2009-2012)

   

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