Senior drivers and others with limited mobility need a car that’s easy to get into and out of, with controls that are easy to reach and intuitive to use. We’ve combed through our ratings to find the 25 new models that we think best fit the bill. All are recommended by Consumer Reports and earned an Overall Score of Excellent or Very Good in their respective categories (representing road-test performance, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction,
and safety).

We determined the rankings in this chart by giving special consideration and extra weighting to specific features we think are essential for senior drivers:  



Front-Seat Access

Low door sills, wider openings, and step-in heights that reduce the need for ducking or climbing make entry easier for those with physical limitations.

Visibility

We chose cars that enable tall, medium, and shorter drivers to see out of the front, sides, and back.

Controls

These cars have easy-to-read gauges and intuitive controls for changing the radio, shifting gears, and adjusting the heating and cooling.

Headlights

Powerful headlights can make driving at night easier for people with decreasing or compromised vision.

Top Picks: Senior Features and Advanced Safety Features

In the table below, the paragraph symbols (¶) in the columns for front-seat access, visibility, control, and headlights show where vehicles excel for those attributes when compared with the other recommended vehicles on the list. 

We determined the rankings in the chart below by giving special consideration and extra weighting to specific features we think are essential for senior drivers.  

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Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester

Rankings By Senior Features

Make & Model

Front-Seat Access

VisibilityControlHeadlightsBackup Camera

Auto. Emer. Braking/Fwd. Collision Warning

Blind-Spot Warning
Subaru Forester

Std.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Subaru OutbackStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Kia SoulOpt.

N/A/Opt.

Opt.
Subaru LegacyStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Kia SportageStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Toyota HighlanderStd.

Std./Std.

Opt.
Toyota Prius VStd.

Opt./Opt.

N/A
Toyota RAV4Std.

Std./Std.

Opt.
Honda Odyssey (2017)Std.

N/A/Opt.

Opt.
Nissan RogueStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Honda AccordStd.

Opt./Opt.

N/A
Ford C-Max HybridStd.

N/A/N/A

Opt.
Hyundai SonataStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Toyota Camry (2017)Std.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Subaru CrosstrekStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Toyota SiennaStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Honda CR-VStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Honda PilotStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Kia ForteOpt.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Ford EscapeStd.

N/A/Opt.

Opt.
Toyota CorollaStd.

Std./Std.

N/A
Kia SorentoOpt.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Ford FlexStd.

N/A/Opt.

Opt.
Hyundai Santa FeStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.
Hyundai TucsonStd.

Opt./Opt.

Opt.

Kia Soul
Kia Soul

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the July 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.