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Oct 1, 2011 4:01PM
crap article by a typically lame msn source, does 'free-lance' ring a bell..., I'm almost 70 and wouldn't be caught driving any of those vehicles, not a coherent or cogent thought anywhere, just getting paid by volume, all quantity, no quality...
Oct 1, 2011 4:00PM
  I live 40 minutes from the Lordstown plant which is next to Youngstown, Ohio that makes the Chevy Cruze. I cannot in good conscience buy a foreign vehicle.  I know all the arguments that go back and forth whether to buy American or not or if it even matters. Well, to me it matters because if that plant fails it will be a Depression in this area and I am not into hurting thy neighbor.
Oct 1, 2011 3:42PM
I drove Chrysler 300M's, Chrysler Concords and a Dodge intrepids for a period of about 15 years and learned my lesson.  I had multiple troubles with transmissions, air conditioners, window regulators, fuel systems (burned up one of the Concords) and a major engine failure due to sludging (Intrepid).  They were junk, all breaking down within a year or two of purchase.  I settled on Hondas four years ago and haven't had a breakdown since. 
Oct 1, 2011 3:37PM
Really, are you serious Ms. Anderson?  How many average retired Americans do you know, that driver a Benz or a Lexus when retired?  How about supporting more of our Detroit auto makers instead.  How about great standards like, Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac?  There was only 1 Ford, and 1 Dodge in the mix.  I have a small GMC pickup.  I've put 230,000 miles on it, 3 sets of tires, and 2 brake jobs in 11 years. Repairs to date have cost under $3,000.  It's easy to get in and out of, visibility is very good.  Repairs cost less than Japanese vehicles and you have the safety of a boxed frame under you.  Plus, the convenience to haul stuff around if you want.
It's apparent that the folks at Kiplinger need to do some more research on vehicles for 'older' drivers. 
Oct 1, 2011 3:32PM
 Being 45 year old male I really don't consider myself a "older" driver  and would never be caught dead in any of these cars.   I think the new Ford Mustang ( make mine a convertible ) is the only car that any automaker foreign or domestic has truly gotten right.  Otherwise, I find most other modern vehicles very ugly.
Oct 1, 2011 3:27PM
I am 67 years old and bought a new Honda Odyssey last year and love it.  I sit high when driving, that making it easy to get into and out of.  The cargo room makes long trips for the four adults in our household for ten-day trips we take each year.  It's a great pick for oldsters like me.  I plan to buy my wife a 2012 Honda CR-V for Christmas, knowing that she'll love its roominess, safety and reliability.
Oct 1, 2011 3:26PM
Remember; We're talking about cars, "Can live with 'em, can't live without 'em". 

Dennis952, thanks for the thumbs UP!

KYSpeakerGeek, 2funnylmao

It looks like we are making some tremendous progress here!  

Oct 1, 2011 3:15PM
You forgot a Yellow and Checker pattern Ford Crown Victoria with a yellow light on top.  That's the absolute best car for older drivers.
Oct 1, 2011 2:35PM
Plus One on what SeayaLAKERON mentioned......And you most definitely gotta love the Title to this...
"10 Best Cars for Older Drivers" By Jessica Anderson of Kiplinger.........You just have to LOVE this......
Jessica, WHO  R  U  to tell me/us what kind of car that I / Us should be driving??   And BTW Jessica, do you know what the difference is between a CAR and a SUV????  Because 6 of the CARS you suggested are SUVs. And Jessica, S.U.V. is short for "Sucks Unleaded Violently."
Chances are that you are the proud owner of a SUV ...or if you are 'Green' (which you have already proven to us)......a PRIUS.......I also researched you and noticed that you are one of the Staff Writers in Washington in which I got blocked saying that it was SPAM.  Hmmmmm....I wonder WHO might of put you up to writing this article....nawh, it couldn't be.....
Oh well, have fun with that thing that you are proud to drive while I try to stay out of trouble with my TT in which I'm having loads of fun with.....

And oh Jessica, the "TT" stands for TWIN TURBO," not potty training....(LOL)....

Oct 1, 2011 2:23PM

This is just a counterpoint:   MSN writers once again demonstrate minimal knowledge of motor vehicles and in this case demographics.  The selection of vehicles enumerated here are obviously "safe" and conservative when in fact many older drivers today are opting for driver focused vehicles. Just exactly who is Audi, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Infiniti, Lexus, etc. marketing to??   


It's the younger crowd that is lacking driver skills and demand for driver focused vehicles.  For example; ask a young person if they can drive a manual transmission vehicle.  They just want an iPod interface or a "green vehicle". 


 And I bet MSN's writers will have to google "heel and toe" or "dual clutch transmissions".  Ask a young person what a crankshaft is or whether they even know how to change a tire.

Older drivers are demanding more driver focused vehicles today than in any time in automotive industry.  How many Corvette drivers 'don't' have any grey hair.  LOL  Anyone notice the resurgence of '60's style muscle cars??  Who keeps AMG in the black?  Who is buying up Audi's S series?  Guess the average age of the Porsche GT3 driver? Corvette driver?  M series driver?  


In fact, when today's older drivers pass on, I forecast that the manual tranmission will disappear.  Driving will become a function of merely pressing on one of two pedals. A binary function.  Threshold braking, counter steering and throttle steering will be controlled by computer software in the form of ABS, DSG and stability control.  Computers will become surrogate parents. The vehicles listed are actually more appropriate for the younger driver.  They will keep them out of trouble and force them to learn skills.  No more wallowing through corners or failing to find the apex for them.  Or working so hard in their showroom hotrod  to catch up to the older guy jammin on the highway.   Now I'm going to go outside and burn a patch as an exclamation point.

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