With their larger cargo room, all-wheel drive capability, higher ride position, while many models good fuel economy, SUVs can make a great vehicle choice for senior drivers.
They also offer the types of features seniors are looking for such as: heated, power-adjustable seats with lumbar support, lane departure warning, keyless entry and ignition, climate controls, rear back up camera, and larger controls.
Here are three picks for best SUVs for seniors.
The RAV4 was redesigned for 2013 and it’s ground clearance decreased by 1.2 inches to 6.3 inches, which is the lowest in the class. Like all of the models listed here, the RAV4 offers a premium package. If you want fuel economy the RAV4 EV, an electric vehicle, is the most-fuel efficient compact SUV.
The CR-V won the Motor Trend SUV of the Year award for 2015. The model is a great combination of roomy cargo space, excellent fuel economy, features, safety, and a legacy of reliability and high resale value. The CR-V has just 6.4 inches of ground clearance with front-wheel drive.
The CR-V generates 185 horsepower from its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the CR-V is the most powerful of this best SUVs for seniors group.
The Rogue was redesigned in 2014 and has become a more competitive model in the class. It finished second in our most fuel-efficient compact SUV comparison with a fuel economy rating of 25-mpg city and 32-mpg highway in the 2015 model with all-wheel drive.
The Rogue has 7.4 inches of ground clearance and offers a variety of premium features in up-level trims with a price that can exceed $30,000. For extra seating options, the Rogue is one of the few compact SUV that offers a small third-row seat.
Why Others Weren’t Picked
Because compact SUV models typically offer crisper handling, better fuel economy, and an easier step in, we focused on compact SUV models for seniors. If you are looking for a larger model, check out our midsize SUV and three-row crossover pages.
If you’re budget allows, there are a number of excellent luxury SUVs too choose from. For features like rear climate control, large display screen, heated mirrors, lane departure warning, or keyless ignition, likely going to have to go with a luxury model.
If fuel economy is your priority, take a look at hybrid SUV models.
Other Compact SUV Models For Seniors
There are other smart picks in the compact SUV class. The Mazda CX-5 is an excellent model with best-in-class fuel economy , Mazda’s zoom-zoom handling, and a backup camera comes standard. However, the CX-5 has a surprising 8.5 inches of ground clearance. While this may help the vehicle perform better in the snow, getting in and out of the vehicle may be difficult for some. The Ford Escape has 7.9 inches of ground clearance.
In the case of the Hyundai Tucson, it has a low door threshold with a 6.7 inch ground clearance and 100,000 mile power train warranty. However, we listed the Tucson in our worst SUV article so we wouldn’t recommend the model.