What Are the Best SUVs for Seniors in 2020?
The United States automotive market has been humming with the sound of money. In 2019, Americans bought 17.5 million new vehicles for the fifth year in a row, according to Car and Driver.
One key auto category that has seen exciting growth is the sport utility vehicle (SUV). Nearly every U.S. and foreign auto manufacturer makes an SUV model. The New York Times reported that SUVs amounted for 70 percent of overall car sales through fall 2019. Once seen as vehicles for adventurers only, SUVs are now increasingly viewed as the driving car of choice by the American car-buying public.
In 2020, automakers produced specific models aimed at seniors aged 65 and up. These SUVs offered features like lower height for ease of entry into the driver's seat and simpler tech control in the car's cabin.
Here are a few of the 2020 SUV models that we like especially for the age 65 and older senior market.
One benefit of the 2020 Hyundai Kona is its lower price than other comparable SUVs. It can start in the low 20s and comes packed with features that will please discerning older drivers. The sleek luxury interior is decidedly comfortable, while the cargo area offers a suitable amount of packing space. The entertainment system is also fairly straightforward, making it a good choice for anyone who doesn’t want to fuss with technology. Other standard features include a driver attention monitor, rear-viewing camera and a warning for impending forward collisions. On top of all that, it handles well on the road.
The Subaru Forester has a solid reputation with many seniors, in part due to its roomy driver entryway. It has a wider door opening and lower step ledges, offering easy access for seniors.
The Subaru Forester’s technology features are also enticing, especially the patented Subaru DriverFocus. This is a built-in alert monitoring system that alerts the driver when the car starts to drive erratically. The company touts its system as being comparable to a co-driver by your side who can help you out if you get tired or confused. Other warning systems for blind spot awareness and front collision warning sensors can be installed as well.
Easy-to-navigate electronics are one reason why Toyota's RAV4 is of the most popular SUVs in the country, with nearly half a million units sold in 2019. The RAV4 also has a lot of room for cargo in the back and a generous 8-inch screen that’s easier to read if you’re visually impaired. Consumer Reports also lauded the vehicle’s powerful headlights that can help mitigate the effects of night blindness.
The 2020 Honda CRV offers older car buyers roomy seats and exceptional storage capacity. The opening of the cargo area is also nearer to the ground, making it easier to lift and transport something heavy like a walker or personal scooter. Older buyers can also opt for a powered liftgate that automatically opens the trunk, making packing up for a road trip even easier.