Many car-shoppers in their forties are looking for a vehicle that expresses their individuality or can accommodate their growing families; additionally, a number have the affordability to step up to a luxury version that appeals to them.
At Cartelligent we help thousands of people each year decide which vehicle best meets their personal requirements. We’ve compiled a list of the top choices among drivers between the ages of 40 and 49.
10. Jeep Grand Cherokee
Why we love it: The classic Grand Cherokee is consistently popular with Cartelligent clients. It can serve as a spacious and comfortable family vehicle or as a capable off-road or tow vehicle (when properly equipped). Powertrain options include a 3.6L Pentastar V6, a 5.7L HEMI V8, and a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6.
9. Toyota Prius
Why we love it: A perennial top-seller among Cartelligent clients of all ages, the Prius remains the undisputed leader in hybrids and an attractive choice for clients who are looking to cut their spending on fuel. The redesigned 2016 model (shown above) promises even greater fuel efficiency and a more responsive drive.
8. Subaru Outback
Why we love it: Redesigned for 2015, the capable Outback offers ample cargo space, a comfortable ride and sporty handling. Kelly Blue Book named Subaru the brand with both the lowest cost to own and the highest resale value for 2015.
7. Acura MDX
Why we love it: The seven-passenger MDX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with the optional front crash prevention system. New safety features include lane-keeping assist and forward collision avoidance. Upgrade to the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive for constant monitoring that sends power to the wheels with the most traction.
6. Honda Odyssey
Why we love it: When it’s time for a minivan, the Odyssey is a top choice with seating for up to eight, fold-flat seats, and multiple storage bins to help keep everything in place. A rearview camera comes standard and, when equipped with the optional front crash prevention system, the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
5. BMW 3 Series
Why we love it: BMW’s entry-level 3 Series combines the style and handling the brand is known for with an array of features and an attractive price point. It is available as either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic. The 2016 model year brings the world premiere of BMW’s all-new inline 6-cylinder gas engine in the 340i and the first ever plug-in hybrid 3 Series, the 330e.
4. Audi Q7
Why we love it: The redesigned 2016 Audi Q7 boasts an infusion of available tech including predictive fuel efficiency, traffic-jam assist, collision avoidance assist, attention assist, head-up display, and the latest generation multi-media interface infotainment system. It will be available as a five or seven-seater, and with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 3.0-liter supercharged V6, or a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine.
3. BMW X5
Why we love it: The X5 combines the utility of an SUV with the luxury and performance of a BMW. A third-row is optional, and safety upgrades include a rear view camera, active driving assistant, night vision and surround view. A diesel version is available and a plug-in hybrid is expected to arrive by the end of the year.
2. Toyota Highlander
Why we love it: With an optional third row, and available second-row captain’s chairs, the Highlander remains a great choice for families. A back-up camera comes standard; the Highlander is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention. A hybrid version is also available. (Watch a Video Review.)
1. Audi Q5/SQ5
Why we love it: The Audi Q5 is a top choice for those who want to combine luxury and performance with the spaciousness of an SUV. The Q5 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention. Upgrade to the SQ5 for even greater agility and acceleration.