We all want to enjoy our golden years, and no matter what age might do to our minds and bodies, most of us want to drive something that will make us feel young again. With that in mind, here’s a look at six cars that can be bought new or used to make retirement road trips fun.
1. Buick LaCrosse
Not your father’s Buick, the current LaCrosse offers a 310-horsepower V-6 to go along with the standard creature comforts of the entry-luxury class, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2. Buick Cascada
While we’re on the subject of Buick, the brand recently introduced the Cascada convertible, which will provide miles of top-down smiles should you spend all or most of your golden time in states full of sunshine. The Cascada has a 200-hp 4-cylinder engine, available in-car Wi-Fi, and an available infotainment system to make top-down cruising a breeze.
3. Honda Accord
Both a standby and standout in the midsize class, the Accord has grown larger over the years, giving it plenty of space for driver and passengers. And while it’s grown larger and somewhat more luxurious, it remains fun to drive. Engine choice plays a part in that. Buyers can opt for a 4-cylinder, a V-6, or a hybrid model.
4. Chevrolet Corvette
While a new Corvette may be too pricey, a used one might be affordable for those who saved their pennies. Aside from the V-8 power, the Corvette will offer acceptable luggage space for a road-trip for two, and if the nest is empty, who needs a back seat anyway?
5. Lexus LS
Similarly, if you’ve saved for years but comfort matters more to you than sport, perhaps a new or used Lexus LS—with its available V-8 or hybrid power and oodles of interior space—will appeal to you. Some models even offer rear-seat massagers, which will feel nice on those occasions when you let someone else do the driving.
6. Volvo XC90
For those who are crossover inclined, the XC90 is a luxurious tall wagon that won’t be too challenging to enter and exit. It offers available all-wheel drive and turbocharged 4-cylinder power, so it can handle inclement weather, while also carrying cargo and providing a fun-to-drive factor. If your golden years involve being active, this might be the choice for you.