If there’s any generation that doesn’t like to talk about aging, it’s the baby boomers. It’s understandable. They’ve made it through the swingin’ ’60s, wild ’70s, outrageous ’80s, and go-go ’90s. Along the way, 40 became the new 30, 50 became the new 40, and so on. This generation is still vibrant and full of life, and the last thing boomers want to be called is old.
But many boomers are now well into retirement age, and that usually means some big life changes — including new cars. Don’t expect this bunch to shuffle down to Florida and buy Cadillacs like their parents. This is the generation that reaped the benefits of the muscle car era and later made Japanese and European brands commonplace on American roads. Thankfully, the best cars for retirees no longer scream “blue-plate special.” They’re simply some of the safest and most reliable models on the roads.
We came up with a list of the 10 best cars for baby boomers to buy. Don’t worry: None of them will make you look a day over 40. We promise.
1. Subaru Forester
For aging drivers who deal with snow at least a few months out of the year, the all-wheel drive Subaru Forester is a perfect crossover. Its low ride height makes for easy entry and exit. And great visibility paired with a standard reverse camera makes being aware of your surroundings that much easier. On top of the $22,595 base price, Subaru’s StarLink package adds blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic braking. It makes this already safe crossover even safer.
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2. Hyundai Azera
Full-size sedans might not be as popular as they used to be, but there are still some great ones out there. And the Hyundai Azera is at the top of the list. Starting at $34,100, it has a number of standard features (heated and cooled leather seats, dual-zone climate control, 8-inch touchscreen, among others) that would costs thousands on more expensive luxury cars. Add to it a stellar safety record, high marks for reliability, and one of the best warranties in the industry (10 years, 100,000 miles), and you’ve got a classy highway cruiser that will deliver trouble-free driving for years to come.
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3. Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander might be a large, three-row SUV, but it’s surprisingly easy to drive for its size. The high ride height, good sight lines, and standard backup camera give it excellent visibility, and its Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offers peace of mind if you’re toting grandkids around. Starting at $30,060, the Highlander is a lot of vehicle for the money.
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4. Buick Encore
Buick is enjoying a real comeback of late. On top of being comfortable and luxurious, the compact Encore crossover also offers a higher ride height, excellent visibility, and ease of entry and exit. Starting at $22,990, the Encore offers a lot of substance and style in a safe, reliable package.
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5. Buick Cascada
For thousands of people hitting retirement age, the dream is a sunny climate, an open road, and a brand new convertible. Buick’s Cascada isn’t as sporty as a Mustang or Camaro, but its compact size, luxurious interior, and predictable front-wheel drive powertrain make for miles of effortless cruising. Buick’s classy ragtop starts at a reasonable $33,065.
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6. Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling midsize sedan in America for decades, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. Baby boomers are what put Toyota on the map in the U.S., and as they age the Camry is still a great choice. Affordable (starting at $23,070), safe, and reliable, the Camry is supposed to be sportier for 2018 than previous models. If you’re in the market for a midsize car, the obvious choice is still probably the best one.
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7. Chevrolet Impala
The Chevy Impala has been left largely unchanged since 2014, but that hasn’t kept it from being one of the best full-size sedans on the market. On top of its big, all-American looks, the Impala offers a luxurious cabin with room for five, some of the latest tech (while still offering fully analog controls), and a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Starting at a reasonable $27,500, the Impala lives up to its iconic name while feeling contemporary in every way.
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8. Kia Soul
For drivers who want the tall ride height of a crossover but don’t want something that big, there’s the Kia Soul. Having matured from funky econobox to cool, versatile hatchback, the Soul offers tons of interior space and easy entry and exit. Power comes from either 1.6- or 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines, which are both economic and peppy. And with a base price of $16,100, it won’t break the bank.
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9. Chrysler 300
The Chrysler 300 can trace its roots all the way back to 2004, but its clean, upright looks have kept it a standout all these years later. With a quiet, luxurious interior that’s easy to spend hours in, an easy-to-read touchscreen, and a range of old-school V6 and V8 engines, the 300 is proof the classic American sedan formula is alive and well. Starting at $32,340, things can get pricey quickly. But with more style than most cars twice its price, we think it’s well worth it.
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10. Honda Accord
Like the aforementioned Camry, the Honda Accord caught on quickly with boomers when it was introduced in 1976. And it was instrumental in making Honda the automotive powerhouse it is today. The modern Accord is handsome, roomy, reliable, and more than a little fun to drive. Starting at $22,455, there are a number of engines, transmissions, trim lines, and even body styles for customers to choose from. Option it how you want it, and the Accord will likely give you years of trouble-free miles.