My father has owned a complete of 1 non-American-brand autos in his life. That automobile was a 1999 Subaru Forester, which he bought used from me. Now in his eighties, my dad has by no means strayed too removed from a core automobile kind—that being a largish sedan that includes inoffensive styling and one thing greater than 4-cylinder energy below the hood. In reverse order, his most up-to-date automobiles embrace a Chrysler 300, Buick Lucerne, Oldsmobile Aurora, and an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.
Having survived World Warfare II, my dad is loath to buy a international automotive, and since he’s very frugal, he regards possession of an SUV as largely wasteful—even when crossover SUVs are extra environment friendly than they as soon as have been. Not each octogenarian shares my dad’s causes for buying a largish sedan, however virtually all of those guys do find yourself in largish sedans. Extrapolated from a collection of conversations I’ve had with my dad, my uncles, and my dad’s mates, is that this listing of what outdated guys nonetheless search for in a automotive:
“If I wished a truck, I woulda purchased your Uncle Jim’s (Worldwide) Travelall when he tried to eliminate it again in ’72.”
Roomy Again Seat
“Want house for buffet night time on the lodge, particularly when Bob and Carol are in from Boca.”
At Least a V6
“The very last thing I want is to be caught behind a livestock truck with nothing however a pea-shooter below the hood.”
One thing Large
“Must be the primary automotive I see within the parking zone once I go away Denny’s.”
Not Too Large
“Dang Explorelander gained’t match within the storage!”
“They’re new-fangled, however your mom’s circulation ain’t what it was.”
Sadly, automakers aren’t devoting an excessive amount of consideration to our senior residents as of late, appropriately assuming that the parents nonetheless buying new rides will make the transfer right into a crossover similar to the remainder of us—or purchase one thing used (appears as if each last-generation Mercury Grand Marquis continues to be on the street).
However working throughout the composite old-man parameters detailed above, there are nonetheless 4, possibly 4 and a half, old-man automobiles nonetheless obtainable new. Right here’s the listing:
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Base value: $33,545
Base engine: 292-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
Elective engine: 363-horsepower 5.7-liter V8
Excellent news for dad is the obtainable 5.7-liter Hemi V8 mated to an old-school-sounding Torqueflite automated transmission. Additionally of seemingly curiosity is AWD, although it comes solely with the usual V6. The mechanically comparable Dodge Charger is a stable selection, too, although its rakish roofline and usually sporty angle could show to be simply an excessive amount of tomfoolery for dad. Full disclosure: My father simply bought a 300.
Base value: $38,865
Base engine: 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6
Elective engine: None
No, the Maxima isn’t an “American” automotive, however the mannequin title has some heritage that will play properly with grumpy naysayers. The Maxima’s restrained design and roomy cabin ought to enchantment to the parents, whereas the graceful and potent V6 will reply the decision for energy when wanted.
Base value: $37,400
Base engine: 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6
Elective engine: 215-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid
We’re unhappy to report that this almost good old-man automotive (the one mark in opposition to it’s that it isn’t from an American model) shall be discontinued following the 2022 mannequin 12 months. A disgrace, as this roomy, refined sedan is nice for lengthy drives or quick journeys with Bob and Carol to the custard stand. Word that the obtainable hybrid powertrain is superb, however we suppose dad doesn’t wish to know from hybrids. Potential dad grievance: “Little sporty trying, don’t you suppose?”
Toyota Camry XLE V6
Base value: $36,295
Base engine: 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6
The XLE is the one non-sporty Camry obtainable with the model’s glorious 3.5-liter V6. (For what it’s value, the Camry XLE can be obtainable with the identical primary hybrid powertrain because the Avalon.) Toyota’s midsize sedan could show too small for some outdated males, however the cabin is roomy for many occupants, and the rear-door openings massive sufficient for Bob and Carol to enter and exit with out an excessive amount of whining. Given the comparatively small value distinction, we’d counsel going with the Avalon, however the Camry is 4 inches shorter general, making it simpler to again into the storage. And most aged guys do again into the storage.
Previous-Man Automobiles Gallery
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