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Consumer Reports Designates Best Cars For Teenagers and Senior Citizens

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On: Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


With an eye toward teenagers and young adults going back to college and high school, Consumer Reports has released its short list of the best vehicles for these young drivers. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the organization has also released a list of suggested vehicles for senior citizens. The cars on the lists include advanced safety, handling and design features that make them particularly beneficial to the individual groups. The lists cover segments including midsize sedan, minivan, small sedan and small SUV.

CR recommends that parents looking to outfit their children with new or used vehicles in time for college look carefully at safety features like electronic stability control and crash test results. The organization also warned of blindly selecting a large SUV, car or truck, thinking that it will automatically be safer than smaller cars.

David Champion, the senior director of CR's Automotive Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut explained: "Often parents think that putting their child in the biggest car is the safest thing they can do, but that's not so. Teens are the most inexperienced drivers on the road, so you want to make sure they're driving something that handles well, is agile and has as many safety features as possible--especially electronic stability control."

With those criteria in mind, the group chose options with available stability control including the 2008 to 2010 Hyundai Elantra SE, the 2004 to 2010 Acura TSX and the 2005 to 2010 Honda CR-V.

For senior citizens, Consumer Reports used criteria that included roominess, clear visibility, comfortable seats and easy access. Top picks included the Honda Odyssey, Subaru Forester XT Limited and Hyundai Azera.

The 2008 to 2010 Honda Accord sedan appeared on both the teen and senior lists. Consumer Reports also recommended it for tall and short drivers.

The 2010 Honda Accord sedan received five-star crashing ratings from the NHTSA in frontal driver rating, frontal passenger rating, side driver rating and rollover 2WD rating. The 2009 Honda Accord sedan earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's designation of "Top Safety Pick."

Each of the picks on the new lists offers at least average reliability and is classiified as "Recommended" by Consumer Reports. The organization will offer more information on its picks in its September issue, which is available on newstands and online this week.

PRESS RELEASE:

Consumer Reports Picks Best Cars for Teens and Seniors
Honda Accord is the right fit for the young, old, tall and small

YONKERS, N.Y., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the fall semester just around the corner, Consumer Reports offers its best choices for parents and teens out shopping for a car to bring back to school.

When looking for the right car for teens, including used models, Consumer Reports recommends picking cars with safety features such as electronic stability control and curtain air bags and good crash-test results.

"Often parents think that putting their child in the biggest car is the safest thing they can do, but that's not so. Teens are the most inexperienced drivers on the road, so you want to make sure they're driving something that handles well, is agile and has as many safety features as possible--especially electronic stability control," said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut.

In addition to naming good cars for young and older drivers, Consumer Reports also names good picks for all sizes and types of drivers including the tall and small. All the models on Consumer Reports' lists have at least average reliability and are Recommended vehicles. Consumer Reports named only one car suitable for all four driver types: the Honda Accord.

"When it comes to finding the right cars for seniors, we recommend vehicles that offer easy access, good visibility, a roomy driving position and comfortable seats," Champion added.

Here is a look at some of Consumer Reports' picks for teens and seniors:
Good Models for Teen drivers: (ESC is standard or optional starting with the years listed below).
-- Small sedans: Hyundai Elantra SE (2008-2010), Mazda3 (2007-), Scion xB
(2008-)
-- Midsized sedans: Acura TSX (2004-), Honda Accord (2008-), Kia Optima
(2007-)
-- Small SUVs: Honda CR-V (2005-), Nissan Rogue (2008-)

Good Models for Senior drivers:
-- Minivans: Honda Odyssey
-- Small SUV: Subaru Forester XT Limited
-- Upscale sedan: Hyundai Azera
-- Family sedan: Honda Accord
-- Microvan: Kia Rondo

More information can be found in the September issue of Consumer Reports, available on newsstands August 3 and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.


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