Consumer Reports Selects Best Cars for Senior Drivers (2017)

Subaru Models Top List


More Americans over the age of 65 are on the road than ever before, with more than 40 million carrying a driver’s license. With an eye toward their specific needs, Consumer Reports has compiled a list of the Top 25 New Cars for Senior Drivers.

“Senior drivers need a car that’s easy to get into and out of, with controls that are easy to reach and intuitive to use, among other features,” said Jake Fisher, Director of Automotive Testing for Consumer Reports. “Our picks combine reliability, safety, and senior-friendly features.”

Consumer Reports determined the rankings on the list by giving special consideration and extra weighting to specific features it determined are essential for senior drivers, such as: front-seat access that makes vehicle entry easier for those with physical limitations, visibility with cars that enable tall, medium, and shorter drivers to see out of the front, sides, and back of the car, controls that are easy to reach and intuitive to use, and headlights that are powerful and make driving at night easier for people with decreasing or compromised vision.

All the cars are recommended by CR and earned an Overall Score of Excellent or Very Good in their respective categories. The top five on CR’s list of Top 25 New Cars for Senior Drivers are:

  • Subaru Forester ($22,595 - $34,295)
  • Subaru Outback ($25,645 - $38,640)
  • Kia Soul ($16,100 - $35,950)
  • Subaru Legacy ($21,995 - $31,640)
  • Kia Sportage ($23,200 - $34,200)

The complete list is available on and in the July 2017issue of Consumer Reports magazine, as is a new report by CR entitled Driving Safer, Driving Longer.

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