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Are SUVs better for older drivers?

Asked by Peter Fry

I have read that SUVs are a good choice of vehicle for older drivers because they afford a good view of the road and are easier to get in and out of than a sedan. Do you agree? If so would a Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport be a good choice? I usually do at least one round trip of 500 km every month. If I decided not to go with an SUV what mid-size to large sedan would you recommend?

Answered by CarsGuide

6 May 2016 Carsguide.com.au

Yes, I agree that SUVs are a good choice of vehicle for older drivers; as you say they afford you a good view of the road ahead and your surroundings, and they're easier to get in and out of. They are, however, larger and that can make them awkward for older drivers who have a greater tendency to bump into things. If you choose an SUV the CX-5 is a good one. Should you decide against the SUV you could look at the Mazda 6, Subaru Liberty, Toyota Camry, Kia Optima or Honda Accord. All are good cars. Another to think about is the Subaru Outback, a high-riding version of the Liberty.

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