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11 Best Cars For Baby Boomers

7. Midsize Crossover SUVToyota Venza
Starting price: $28,810
Fuel-economy rating (EPA city/highway combined): 21-23

More like a station wagon than an SUV, the Venza could well be the ideal empty nester’s car, with a comfortable ride and a quiet and roomy interior that can accommodate five adults in comfort. With the rear seatbacks folded flat there’s enough room for a garden full of plants or a day’s worth of antique shopping. The standard 2.4-liter engine generates a sufficient 181 horsepower with reasonably good fuel economy, though a quicker and smoother 3.5-liter V-6 is alternately available with a pleasing 268 horses for those who don’t mind sacrificing a few mpg. All-wheel-drive is available with either engine to afford improved wet-pavement traction. Toyota’s optional Entune multimedia system includes full smartphone connectivity with the ability to access mobile apps for tech-savvy Boomers.

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