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5 best used cars for senior citizens

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Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet Equinox © General Motors
  • Private party: $14,939
  • Dealer retail: $16,224
  • Certified preowned: $17,362

For seniors who prefer a higher ride height or a more flexible interior than in most used cars, the Chevrolet Equinox compact crossover fits the bill nicely. Redesigned for 2010, the Chevrolet Equinox features design elements from the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and the larger Chevrolet Traverse crossover while adding two new, more fuel-efficient engines.

The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is powered by a choice of a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter engine with an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, a 33 percent improvement over the prior model, or a 264-horsepower 3-liter V-6 that gets 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. They are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission designed to maximize fuel economy.

Drivers will find it easy to get comfortable with a power-adjustable seat height, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel and 10 inches of room for seat movement, while the MultiFlex rear seat can be moved 8 inches back and forth to optimize legroom or rear cargo space.

Standard features include electronic stability control; plentiful storage bins, including one large enough to hold a purse or laptop computer; traction control; six air bags; and a "smart" remote start feature that activates the climate control and optional heated seats, depending on outside temperature.

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