Sedans for the young at heart
With the conviction that growing older doesn't have to mean getting old, Bankrate put together a list of the seven best cars for young-at-heart retirees.
Because active adults tend to have friends with whom they enjoy socializing, only four-door sedans made the cut. They're also easier to get in and out of.
Front-seat comfort, ride quality and a quiet cabin are important, particularly for older drivers. Bankrate looked to Consumer Reports to grade these characteristics for each sedan. To make the list, CR had to award the car a "good" to "excellent" rating in each category. Prices were capped at $35,000 before the destination fee.
Bankrate believes safety is a must-have feature of any car it recommends. It turned to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to rate the safety of each pick. To earn a spot on this list of best sedans, a car had to earn the highest front, side-impact and roof-strength crash-test scores of "good" from the IIHS or five stars from the NHTSA. Most had both.
Finally, fuel economy is on the mind of every consumer. To qualify for this list, a car had to have at least an estimated 21 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving.