Unfortunately, the vast majority of new cars aren't built with the needs of seniors in mind. However, there are a number of fuel-efficient models that manage to accommodate seniors in unique categories such as seat comfort, interior lighting and outward visibility. Review the top five fuel-efficient cars for seniors to determine which model is right for you.
New 2010 Nissan Versa
Though the Nissan Versa is a bit smaller than some seniors would like, it is one of the best options among the compact vehicle class. Despite its small frame, the Nissan Versa offers plenty of interior comfort. The upright seating design is well-suited for elderly drivers and the vehicle's tall, expansive windows offer enhanced visibility. Fuel efficiency starts at an impressive 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Base price starts under $10,000, but seniors will likely need to upgrade in order to outfit their vehicles with power accessories and other expected convenience features.
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New 2010 Honda Accord
The Honda Accord delivers the right balance of reliability, size and interior luxury that seniors tend to prefer. Among the mid-size sedan class, the Accord offers one of the biggest interiors. Combine this fact with wide-swinging doors, and the Honda Accord is well suited for helping older individuals get in and out of the cockpit. Though base models come in at an affordable $21,055, there are a number of available options that help make the Accord a near-luxury vehicle if so desired. The Accord earns an EPA estimated 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
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New 2010 Mazda MAZDA5
For seniors interested in the minivan category, the Mazda MAZDA5 may prove an excellent compromise. Though smaller than the traditional minivan, the MAZDA5 delivers much of the functionality with vastly improved fuel efficiency (22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway). Additionally, the smaller size improves ease of vehicle handling - a fact that should appeal to older drivers. Other senior-friendly features include good 360-degree visibility, comfortable seating, easy-open sliding rear doors and large front door openings.
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New 2010 Chevrolet Equinox
In the SUV category, it's hard to beat the simple functionality of the Chevy Equinox. Inside, the dashboard layout boasts a classic design that is one of the easiest and most user-friendly in the SUV category. Bright, simple instrumentation bodes well for the senior driver as well. The Chevrolet Equinox also boasts one of the roomiest rear seats in the compact SUV class, and wide-swinging rear doors aid in entry and exit. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Equinox delivers more miles per gallon than any other non-hybrid SUV for the year (22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway). Initial asking price for the 2010 Equinox is $22,615.
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New 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid
When it comes to the hybrid vehicle class, the Honda Civic Hybrid is one of the best options for seniors. Though compact, the vehicle features a good seating height for easy loading and unloading of elderly passengers. A height-adjustable driver's seat also ensures long-term comfort. The exterior design maximizes visibility and the vehicle's small size makes it a nimble choice for older drivers. User-friendly technology features such as voice-activated navigation may appeal to seniors. Estimated fuel efficiency for the Civic Hybrid is 40 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. Base price comes in at $23,800.
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Other Senior-Friendly Cars Worth Considering
For senior car shoppers, a few other cars that are worth a look include:
- New 2010 Nissan Cube
- New 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid
- New 2010 Toyota Venza
- New 2010 Hyundai Azera
- New 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid