Technology Tuesday: Cars For Seniors

What To Drive In 2012?

The New Year is upon us, which means new technology for all! In this first post we chose to focus on one of the most important pieces of technology in most of our lives, the automobile. Choosing a new vehicle can seem like an overwhelming task. There seems to be an endless variety of choices these days…from colors, models, equipment, etc. We try to make the process a little easier for you new car shoppers out there with our brief list of top picks for 2012.

NOTE: It is important to understand that as we age our needs obviously change. Therefore, our needs in a vehicle may change as well. The following list will try and cover a variety of important features and amenities, but is completely subjective in nature.

1) (Ultimate Luxury) Mercedes-Benz S550 4MATIC Sedan: You get what you pay for! Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to luxury category and their flagship S-Class takes our prize for the luxury category. Safety, comfort, options, and reliability all come together in the ultimate package here. Highlights: Night Vision, Attention Assist, Blind-Spot Assist, Powered Trunk Function, Heated and Ventilated Seats, Parking Sensors, Back-Up Camera, Top Safety Ratings, Bluetooth Connectivity, Excellent Navigation System, Satellite-Based Emergency System, and Massage Seating. Other popular choices include the Audi A8, BMW 5-Series, and the 2012 Jaguar XF.

MSRP: $93,000 – $158,050

2) (SUV) Honda CR-V: This Honda makes getting into the world of SUV’s very manageable for senior citizens. The CR-V offers greater ride-height while still allowing for easy entering an exiting. This compact SUV also comes loaded with safety features, easy-to-read gauges, and one of the best resale values on the market. Overall, the CR-V provides great value while still combining safety, ease of use, and reliability. Other popular choices include the Chevrolet Equinox, Volkswagen Tiguan, and the Toyota RAV4.

Base MSRP: $22,475

3) (Hybrid) Toyota Prius: Can you really argue with 50mpg? The Prius is no newcomer to the “green scene”. This mid-size hybrid offers a spacious cabin, option for hands-free parallel parking, and a very smooth ride. The price tag won’t leave your wallet screaming “Uncle” either! Other popular hybrid choices include the Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fusion Hybrid, and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Base MSRP: $23,810

4) (Large Sedan) Ford Taurus: The Ford Taurus has come a long way in the past decade. The large sedan is no longer an extreme eyesore, but rather a sharp and practical daily driver. The Taurus provides a very smooth and quiet ride thanks to its V6 power and seating options. The Ford Taurus offers unique features like MyKey, which limits radio volume, and Ford’s Cross Traffic Alert, which senses oncoming traffic when pulling out of the driveway or parking spot. Other popular choices include vehicles like the Hyundai Azera, Chrysler 300, and the Buick LaCrosse.

Base MSRP: $25,995

5) (Sports Car) Nissan 370z: It’s okay to have a little fun! The Nissan 370z is a great choice for injecting some fun into your life without breaking the bank. The 370z offers tons of power, aggressive lines, and a comfortable ride all for under $40,000. Other popular choices include cars like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Ford Mustang, and the Mini Cooper Coupe

MSRP: $31,450 – $43,500