Senior Health

Affordable Car Options for Seniors

With so many great cars on the market, it can be difficult finding the perfect one for you. Especially because everyone has different preferences, wants, and needs. We researched for you and have found 6 great affordable car options for seniors that you may enjoy.

In addition to thinking about vehicle price and fuel efficiency, seniors should also consider other aspects such as visibility, accessibility, safety features, and comfort. After all, you want to make sure you’ve made a great investment that offers you a comfortable and safe ride. Check out some of the top budget-friendly vehicles below that are all under $24, 000 for the base model.

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Hyundai Tuscon

Base price: $23,550 to $33,300 (USD)

The Hyundai Tuscan may have the highest price you’ll see on this list, but it’s a very affordable SUV option. The Tuscon features a comfortable and spacious interior that you’ll enjoy. The ride is quiet, smooth, and more importantly, handles well.

You’ll also enjoy that this car (on all trim levels) comes with automatic emergency braking, a driver fatigue monitoring system, and a lane-keeping assist. The base SE model offers great features like cloth upholstery, air condition, and a 7-inch touch screen entertainment system. That said, many recommend the Tuscon Value Trim which is about $1,500 more and offers additional features like heated front seats, blind-spot monitors, keyless ignition, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Subaru Crosstrek

Base Price: $22,145 to $35,145 (USD)

If you live in a four-season climate the Subaru Crosstrek may be the perfect affordable vehicle for you. This car offers high-ground clearance and all-wheel drive which is perfect for winter driving.

This compact SUV has a spacious interior, especially for its size. You’ll also enjoy that it features a comfortable ride quality with great visibility. The only con to this vehicle is its performance — some drivers feel that it is slow to accelerate. That said, a simple test drive will let you be the judge!

Kia Rio

Base Price: $15,850 to $16,490 (USD)

The Kia Rio is the most budget-friendly option on our list. This well-built sedan features a large 7-inch touch screen display and spacious front seats. However, it’s worth noting, the seats do have to be adjusted manually.

You’ll also enjoy that the car is quiet and comes with a superb warranty for peace of mind. Unlike the SUVs on this list, the Kia Rio is low to the ground which could make entering and exiting the vehicle a little challenging.

Nissan Rogue Sport

Base Price: $23,240 to $29,800 (USD)

The Nissan Rogue Sport is another great compact SUV you might enjoy. This vehicle features great headroom for adults in the back as well as spacious legroom. It also features a generous cargo space both with the rear seats up or folded down.

In addition to the great interior, the vehicle also comes equipped with six components of Nissan’s Safety Shield 360. This includes blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, rear automatic braking, and automatic high-beam headlights. Furthermore, its compact size makes the vehicle easy to maneuver in tight spaces however the engine is underpowered which means it has slow acceleration.

Nissan Kicks

Base Price: $18,870 to $21,210 (USD)

The Nissan Kicks is another great budget-friendly option that seniors may enjoy. Surprisingly, this vehicle offers a generous cargo area, especially for its compact size. Better yet, the Nissan Kicks is fuel-efficient, and far more affordable than some of its competitors.

Some drivers have said they find the seats are not particularly comfortable but they do find that it’s easy to get in and out of this vehicle. Finally, the Nissan Kicks also comes standard with blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking.

Mazda CX-3

Base Price: $20,640 to $22,040 (USD)

This affordable compact SUV features an appealing driving experience as it’s easy to handle and offers a comfortable ride. Other great aspects of the Mazda CX-3 include great visibility, a stylish interior, and impressive fuel economy, especially for a crossover.

You’ll also enjoy that features like automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot warning come standard. The only thing some drivers don’t enjoy about this car is that the cargo space and rear passenger room is subpar. There are so many great affordable options to choose from. Be sure to book a test drive and ask questions at your local dealer to find the perfect vehicle for you!

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa is the Junior Managing Editor of ActiveBeat. She aspires to live a healthy lifestyle by staying active and eating foods that nourish her body, but she isn't afraid to indulge in a little chocolate here and there! Clarissa loves cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her dog. In her free time, you'll find her relaxing in her hammock or curled up on the couch reading a book.

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