• fb_1779529571 avatar Bill Posted: 8/17/2013 6:56am PDT

    I'm a boomer and I own a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T. If I could own any car, at any price, it would be my Challenger. So fun.

  • FlowRW avatar FlowRW Posted: 8/16/2013 9:23am PDT

    Some of these smaller cars are taller and have lower lift overs in the rear. The Soul, xB, formerly Rondo and PT Cruiser all are/were a breeze to get in and out. For me, after 5 back surgeries can't bend over so well so these taller cars make it easy on me. As much as I love many other cars, bending my neck and back over to get in and out is painful and sometimes impossible. This goes for climbing in and out of taller cars...such as my wife's SUV. Many I have talked to said the same thing and they haven't had back surgery like me. It's just easier. So I'm looking forward to a test drive in the new Buick Encore when I go to replace my current car.

  • fb_573582772 avatar Adam Posted: 8/16/2013 12:14pm PDT

    While no one has a crystal ball for market trends, I work at a multi-line luxury auto dealership, I have an observation.

    I hear from many of our "mature" buyers that cars today have too many gadgets. While most subcompacts are fairly basic in their offerings. This plus most seniors are empty nesters and don't have the need for mid/full size autos any more.

    While many seniors have substantial financial backing, there is probably a larger segment of seniors that do not but still require transportation and the subcompact represents a huge affordability consideration.

    We'll see what the future holds for introducing a younger, less mobile but better connected generation.

  • scifiqi avatar scifiqi Posted: 8/17/2013 5:18am PDT

    I agree with Adam Toy. Too many unused, unnecessary, expensive gadgets. For me a "loaded" vehicle has automatic transmission, air conditioning, heater, AM/FM radio, plus power steering, brakes, windows, mirrors, and locks. Most everything else is just expensive fluff. $300 navigation systems that don't work as good as a $80 Garmin is typical of the overpricing of options.

    Yes, I'm a Boomer and I can remember when the only thing above that was standard on a vehicle was a heater.