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What are the Best Cars for Retired People?

Kias Retired People

There’s more older drivers on U.S. roads than ever before, and the percentage of people in their sixties and beyond compared to all drivers keeps rising. Some attribute this to teenagers taking longer to get their licenses, but Americans are also living longer than ever, with a life expectancy of over 78 years. Plus, older drivers already have what they need to hit the road: Driver’s licenses and desire.

If you’re retired, there’s no law on the books that says you need to stop driving and just sit around, feeding the pigeons in the park. Or that you must be in your sixties to retire (though that is a very common time to do so). However, if you’re in your thirties and you’ve already exited the workforce, swimming in a safe filled with gold coins like Scrooge McDuck, then we’re a little jealous.

Best Cars for Retirees

There’s some other misperceptions about retired drivers that simply do not exist, so we’re here to squash them:

  • You are not required to buy a Cadillac when you turn 60.
  • You are not a poor driver. That teenager in the next lane over texting while driving just might be, however.
  • The images in movies of little old ladies swerving wildly while they can’t even look over their car’s dashboard are very misleading. Senior citizens are statistically the safest drivers, and tend to be more focused and more likely to wear seatbelts.

You have experience and wisdom, and the world wants to hear what you have to say – a nice car will get you there in style. So, what are the best Kias for retired people to drive?

Kia Cadenza

  • This mid-sized luxury sedan offers top-flight performance, with a V6 engine that checks in at 293 horses and 255 lb.-ft. of torque, so you will handle the road with ease.
  • It also has features that provide comfort for drivers who might have had car troubles in the past: Hydrophobic windows that repel water, and sound-absorbing glass, to keep the noise that happens on the outside where it belongs.

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Kia Sportage

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    You’re older, but you still have cargo you need to haul around. The 2017 Kia Sportage has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, a nice figure.

  • The Sportage is a small SUV, so it suits a drive in the city or on the highway equally, without looking like you’re driving a Sherman tank. Plus, it gets 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, great numbers for a vehicle that can carry so much cargo (60.1 cubic feet).

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Kia Forte

  • The 2016 Kia Forte is a compact sedan that has a classy design without appearing stodgy, a mixture of subdued elegance and sporty touches.
  • Fortes are affordably-priced yet very functional, with heated front seats and steering wheels. Plus, they get 26 mpg in the city, 39 on the highway, saving you a ton at the pump.

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Kia Soul

  • For the fun-loving grandparent. Forget the TV shows that show older people flocking to Oldsmobiles, Buicks or Cadillacs, as if those cars magically appeared as soon as that last clock was punched. Souls are in a class all to themselves, with a unique design and fun features, like mood lights.
  • The Kia Soul is a J.D. Power award-winner for initial quality and an IIHS Top Safety Pick, so its pizazz is matched by its quality.

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Come Visit Us at Friendly Kia

So there you have it, the ideal Kias for retired drivers, and Friendly Kia of New Port Richey, FL, has them in stock, so come check one out and take a test drive when you have the time.  And come back here often, the official Friendly Kia blog, for more local event news and Kia information.  We’re located in New Port Richey, FL, about 20 miles from Clearwater and Trinity, less than 40 miles from Tampa and St. Petersburg, and less than 25 miles from Spring Hill.

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