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#31 of 68 Re: Trunk room [clarkjv]
Oct 21, 2004 (7:03 am)
I'd suggest a small minivan like the Mazda MPV. When my mother became disabled, she could easily get into a minivan (but not SUV or sedan. You can back up to them and just sit down as the seats are higher than sedans, but no step-up like SUVs. And they have lots of space for equipment such as wheelchairs. You can probably get a 1-0r 2 year old one for less than $20 grand.
That being said, the trunk space of the Le Sabre is huge for a sedan.
#32 of 68 Car based SUV's or Minivans
Nov 03, 2004 (1:04 pm)
New Ford Freestyle, Lexus RX330, Toyota Highlander, etc. with automatic transmissions are really nice.
My father-in-law, age 75, had a knee replacement. He likes the ease of access in his Highlander, as it is much higher than a car, but lower than truck-based SUV's. Lots of space, decent mileage, and flip-up seats for grandchildren.
Worst are any kind of lowered sports or performance car. I drive a BMW 330i. A partially disabled coworker struggles getting in and out when I give him rides as my seating is so low.
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Sep 26, 2005 (2:21 pm)
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#34 of 68 Bench seats very confortable
Oct 03, 2005 (3:47 am)
The LeSabres that are left have bench seats and those are very comfortable. The Limited power seat for the driver has an exit button and the seat moves back to a preset position for entry and exit then a button moves it forward to a preset position for two different drives. The Lucerne and LaCrosse should have the same type of wider opening door, in my opinion, making them a replacement for LaSabre and ParkAvenue.
#35 of 68 Re: Bench seats very confortable [imidazol97]
Oct 15, 2005 (11:39 am)
Believe it or not, I think a Scion b would be good for seniors. Plenty of room to stow a wheelchair (rear seats down). They don't have to crouch too much to get into the car. There is ample head room and rear seating is nice if they have elderly guests.
#36 of 68 Re: Trunk room [clarkjv]
Oct 19, 2005 (8:33 pm)
How about a Mercury Montego or Ford Five Hundred? Class leading trunk space (or so the ads say) and it seems to be easy to get in and out of.
Dec 10, 2005 (5:34 pm)
The toyota Camry is a good old peoples car.
#38 of 68 Because of the seat height...
Dec 28, 2005 (10:59 pm)
I think something along the lines of a Ford Freestyle or a minivan is the best vehicle for elderly people. You don't have to climb up to get in like many SUVs and they are not so low to the ground like many sedans.
Most minivans also offer automatic doors and rear liftgate which could prove invaluable for elderly car buyers.
I also know several seniors who drive small pickups. Again, they like the ease of getting in and out.