If you’re between 25 and 74 years of age, and you want to drive the vehicle most popular with others in your age group, buy a pick-up truck. More specifically, buy a Ford F-Series pick-up truck. According to one Internet source from 2011(1), Ford F-Series trucks were the number one choice of car buyers of almost any age. Chevrolet Silverado trucks were second choice for that same group with the exception of 25- to 34-year-olds who preferred the Honda Civic.
For 18- to 24-year-old buyers, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla were first and second choices. These cars make sensible choices for first-time car buyers, as they have lower price tags and better fuel economy than larger or more luxurious models. This group ranked the Chevy pick-up in fifth and the Ford in tenth place.
For car buyers over 75, the top three choices were Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Chevy Malibu, in that order. In fact, Camry was one of the top five choices across all age groups, most frequently in third place.
Baby boomers, the 55- to 64-year-old group, are buying more new cars than any other group according to a 2013 article(2). And boomers are not interested in “driving their age.” They are more likely to drive crossover SUVs, like Ford Escape or Toyota Venza, or “throwback” muscle cars, like Dodge Challenger or Chevy Camaro, than the big plush sedans of their grandparents’ generation.
The boomer generation also is buying more cars from American auto makers now. The quality of Ford, Chevrolet and Chrysler vehicles has improved greatly over the past few years, and people who switched to imports twenty years ago are beginning to buy domestic products again.
Car designs are starting to reflect the tastes of the boomer generation as well. The Chevy Impala of a few years ago was drab and unremarkable, but the 2014 and 2015 models have been given style updates that make it much more eye-catching to the generation that grew up with cars that had fins and spoilers.
With these changes in buying patterns over the last two or three years, the one constant is the popularity of pick-up trucks. The appeal of the pick-up truck has endured from its earliest days. If not as a primary vehicle, a pick-up is great as a second car, a cargo hauler, a tow vehicle and a number of other uses.
Riding your age depends on what age you feel more than on what your driver’s license indicates.