While most car companies openly target a demographic of 18- to 40-year-olds with their products, the truth is that the primary consumers of new automobiles are an older crowd. In fact, a study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that 55- to 64-year-olds were the demographic most likely to purchase a new car. There are many features of new cars that make them suited for retirees, and here are some of the best cars for retirement.
2014 Acura RDX SUV
The 2014 Acura RDX SUV is one of the most versatile and user-friendly automobiles in its class. With an average cost between $33,000 and $38,000 and affordable long-term ownership costs, U.S. News even ranked it the Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money. The Acura RDX has plenty of legroom and cargo space, making it perfect for taking on vacation, whether it’s camping or driving across the country. The cabin is comfortable and spacious, with user-friendly climate and audio controls as well as an attractive and comfortable interior. The 2-14 Acura RDX SUV is a perfect companion for the adventerous retiree.
2014 Toyota Avalon Sedan
With adjustable heated and lumbar supportive seats and a lower-than-average door threshold, the 2-14 Toyota Avalon Sedan is easy to get into and easy to relax in. The Avalon Sedan also has larger-than-average dashboard, audio and climate controls, making all of its user-friendly functions easy to read. Additionally, the Avalon Sedan offers strong fuel economy and is available with a hybrid powertrain, both features that should appeal to anyone on a budget. A new 2014 Toyota Avalon Sedan comes in between $31,000 to $39,000, so it might be more affordable to purchase a used model. While buying from private vendors can often get you an affordable deal on a vehicle, it’s always smart to investigate the price of a car with services such as Kelley Blue Book to make sure you are getting a fair deal. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some used-car dealers don’t always make you a fair offer.
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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan
For the retiree for whom money is less budgeted, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan is a luxury ride like no other. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan offers a variety of luxury features, including heated power-adjustable seats as well as keyless entry and start. With large audio and climate control interface as well as a high-contrast dashboard panel, the E-Class is easy on the eyes of any driver. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan is in a class of its own and, with a price tag starting at $51,000, it is a luxury automobile for those who seek to retire in comfort. Best of all, it has comparable fuel mileage to many hybrid consumer cars, and all while pampering you in the seat of luxury that is a Mercedes-Benz.