CARS FOR RETIREES


Don’t take Car&Driver’s list of eight mainstream cars (and two oddball entries) for retirees to be critical at its core. Not all members of the list equate to Town Car status. (LTC phenomenon defined: the only car people leave their wedding in, choose to spend their final years in, and travel to their funeral in.) As The Good Car Guy mentioned in his recent Buick Enclave test drive, a good car is a good car is a good car, and it matters little whether that good car is marketed towards George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, or Billy Bush. A genuinely good car will be loved by all, regardless of their age.

However, some vehicle’s are aligned with a certain stigma, sometimes correctly correlating septuagenarian with boring cars. Boring cars aren’t welcome at GoodCarBadCar, at least not for long. Some boring cars are destined to be mentioned in this list, gathered by Car&Driver, posted here at GCBC, for your attention. Within this list, The Good Car Guy offers his take on the minimum entry age for each vehicle. Muy importante. Suggested alternatives for those under the minumum age are listed secondarily.

  1. Ford Crown Victoria – Buyers must be at least 85 years old. Alternative: Chrysler 300
  2. Lincoln Town Car – Buyers must be at least 80 years old. Alternative: Audi A6
  3. Buick Lucerne – Buyers must be at least 63 years old. Alternative: Hyundai Azera
  4. Nissan Versa – Buyers must be at least 34 years old. Alternative: Honda Fit
  5. Hyundai Sonata – Buyers must be at least 33 years old. Alternative: Subaru Legacy
  6. Chevrolet Malibu – Buyers must be at least 33 years old. Alternative: Mazda 6 five-door
  7. Toyota RAV4 – Buyers must be at least 26 years old. Alternative: Honda Element
  8. Cadillac STS – Buyers must be at least 34 years old. Alternative: Cadillac CTS