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Best Cars for Savvy Seniors

Consumer Reports logo Consumer Reports 1/31/2019 Keith Barry
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Older drivers may no longer commute to work every day, but they might need a car for longer road trips or one that can easily fit a car seat when it’s time to pick up the grandkids. Either way, a vehicle that’s a breeze to get into and out of is a must. “Unfortunately, many modern cars have a sleek, low-slung profile that makes them a struggle to exit and enter,” says Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at CR's Auto Test Center.

In addition, many new cars have touch-screen-based controls—some of which can be extremely confusing for drivers of any age, let alone those who are not digital natives—so we chose cars with the least-fussy tech. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t ready for adventure. All our picks have available all-wheel drive and plenty of room for outdoor gear, plus comfy and quiet cabins.

For safety, forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) are must-haves.

Subaru Forester

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Life Stage Score: 88

The same easy access that makes the Forester a great fit for a growing family makes it an ideal choice for older drivers. We’re especially impressed with its simple controls, standard safety features, and excellent front and rear visibility.

Price range: $24,295-$34,295

Read the complete Subaru Forester road test

Hyundai Santa Fe

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Life Stage Score: 82

The new-for-2019 five-seat Santa Fe combines unique interior appointments, supportive front seats, and easy-to-use controls. The cabin is roomy and quiet. FCW, AEB, and BSW come standard.

Price range:  $25,500-$38,800

Read the complete Hyundai Santa Fe road test

Kia Sorento

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Life Stage Score: 82

With a third row that holds extra passengers in a pinch or folds down, the Sorento is a great choice. Its seats are comfortable, its ride is composed, and its controls are straightforward.

Price range: $25,990-$46,490

Read the complete Kia Sorento road test

Subaru Outback

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Life Stage Score: 80

Lower tailgate than an SUV, easy to get into and out of, and has standard AWD.

Price range: $26,345-$38,995

Read the complete Subaru Outback road test

Honda CR-V

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Life Stage Score: 80

Good cargo space and wide door openings for easy access, and options don’t drive up the price.

Price range: $24,150-$34,050

Read the complete Honda CR-V road test

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Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the March 2019 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site.

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world. CR does not endorse products or services, and does not accept advertising. Copyright © 2019, Consumer Reports, Inc.

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