If you or someone you know is over 65 and still driving, and if you (or they) are retired and on a budget, finding the perfect used car that will keep you safe without raiding your wallet is crucial. And, of course, getting a little style and handling out of the bargain wouldn’t be bad, either! Bankrate recently tackled this subject, choosing a top five of 2010 model year used cars, reasoning that was the perfect age: old enough to have gotten affordable, young enough to still have a lot of miles in it, and able to be covered by an extended warranty. Here are some selections from the article:
- Private party:$12,195
- Dealer retail:$13,309
- Certified preowned:$14,094
Ford redesigned its Fusion for the 2010 model year, and while it’s still a midsize sedan, it has more passenger and luggage capacity than the Toyota Camry.
The more upscale and contemporary redesign included redesigning the seats to improve comfort and side support, and the gauges to feature daytime backlighting for easier readability. The 2010 Ford Fusion is powered by one of three gasoline engine choices — a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 3-liter V-6 and a 3.5-liter V-6 — as well as a hybrid powertrain.
Exclusive features include Ford’s voice-activated, hands-free communication and entertainment system called SYNC; voice-activated navigation with Sirius TravelLink, which offers real-time traffic and weather, fuel prices and entertainment information such as movie times and sports scores; a capless fuel system, which does not require removing the gas cap to refuel; and a cabin air filter that removes irritants and toxins. Safety features include a backup camera and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alerts.
- Private party:$13,843
- Dealer retail:$15,096
- Certified preowned:$16,642
Redesigned for 2010, the Tucson midsize crossover features a European design that will remain fresh in the coming years. The athletic design of this used car was also paired with chassis changes to improve handling, body roll control and steering responsiveness.
While it is slightly longer than the Honda CR-V, which improves its cargo space, it has a smaller turning circle, making it easier to park.
The 176-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2010 Hyundai Tucson has the same power and acceleration as the previous generation’s V-6 but with 20 percent better fuel economy than the four-cylinder engine used in the prior model. When equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission, it gets 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, making it more fuel-efficient than the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4. All-wheel-drive models are rated at 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The 2010 Tucson has a lower overall height than the previous model. There is also improved legroom in the front and rear, and improved headroom for rear-seat passengers.
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