2012 Ford Fusion
- Price: $20,705
- Gas mileage: 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway
Slightly more than the $20,000 threshold, what you pay more for in car, you'll get back in reliability. Called the "most dependable midsize car" by J.D. Power and Associates, the 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Ford Fusion comes standard with the Easy Fuel capless refuel filler system, which means you won't have to unscrew a cap to refuel, making it attractive to retirees with arthritis.
The 2012 Ford Fusion also boasts excellent handling thanks to its double-wishbone independent front suspension with stabilizer bar, something Ford says is usually found in high-end sports and luxury cars. Retirees can choose the optional driver's vision package if visibility is a concern. That package comes with blind spot information system, or BLIS, which helps make the car's blind spots easier to see, and a rearview camera that gives you a picture of what's behind you and displays it in the rearview mirror or on the navigation-system screen. It also comes with rain-sensing wipers, which automatically adjust speed based on the weather conditions.
The 2012 Ford Fusion is chock full of safety features that will be attractive to retirees, including six air bags, antilock braking, traction control and electronic stability control.