Aaah, but what makes for a good car for we Boomers these days?
It seems it must meet one or more of the following criteria considered strongly characteristic of our generation, according to automakers and social psychologists alike:
- maintains a look of independence
- displays our social status
- can handle our still very active lifestyles, and
- a car that doesn't scream "retired."
If you're looking for a comfy premium midsize sedan, this is it. Lexus' excellent reputation for reliability and a fawning dealer experience are draws; the downside is the close to $48,00 base price.
For Boomers willing to trade status for buying patriotic will be very happy with the Ford Taurus. It sports front-wheel-drive, is roomy, and features state-of-the-art engines with a great combination of power
and fuel economy. And it's much more affordable at $26,500'ish.
Indeed, Corvette is the cliché midlife-crisis car, but apparently in it's class it's hard to argue against it. If you can handle the deep knee bends required for entry, the Corvette is surprisingly roomy. The good news: not bad fuel economy for a sportster of 26 mpg highway. The not so good news: cost is a mere $49,500+
It was quite a surprise to learn Ford F-150 pickup is the No. 1 automotive purchase by Boomers. But apparently with so many of us still working — or playing at working, or just plain playing — this truck makes sense. It has the widest range and best designed interiors of all full-size pickups, and offers a strong combination of power and fuel economy. Starts at about $23,500.
These gentrified "tall wagons" exemplified by the Honda Crosstour, the Ford Flex and the Subaru Outback are aimed right at us with their combination of daily practicality and all-wheel-drive weekend exploring capability. The Outback's car-like seating is quite comfy, and its wagon body makes carrying stuff to the grandkids a snap. Pricing starts at $24,000.
For Boomers seeking lower cost and high fuel-efficiency, the subcompact Yaris, along with the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit have been a favorite of ours. A big plus is that these cars no longer lack in quality and features. Redesigned in 2012, the Yaris for example has amenities like optional 6-way power seats, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, and satellite radio. Prices start at a terrific $14,115.
You have been officially alerted...