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11 Best Cars For Baby Boomers

With the kids graduated from college and moving on in life, it’s time to dump the old family car for a shiny new ride. Consider it reward for a job well done. Here are 11 models in as many categories that are practical and playful and pack particular appeal for those of a certain age.

1. Small Car–Buick Verano
Starting price: $24,625
Fuel-economy rating (EPA city/highway combined): 24-25 mpg

Boomers who want to downsize their rides, but without lowering their vehicular expectations, would find this plusher and softer-riding version of the Chevrolet Cruze to be an amenable companion. Though it’s a bit short of rear legroom it comes with one of the quietest and most comfortable cabins among small cars at any price, and offers a full slate of top-shelf features that include a heated steering wheel. Chevy’s 2.4-liter 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine comes standard with a livelier 2.0-liter 250-horsepower turbo-four optional that delivers quick V6-like acceleration.

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This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]