2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Boomer Bust
November 11, 2011
There are lots of interesting insights in article, but one thing that struck me was a discussion of the vehicles that are least appealing to adults 45 and older. Three of the four cars mentioned are in our long-term fleet: The Ford Explorer, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The one we're missing is the Nissan Pathfinder, by the way.
The Odyssey and Sienna didn't surprise me. Id flee a minivan as soon as my kid-hauling duties were done, too.
I would have expected the Explorer to have a little more lasting appeal for empty-nesters, since it doesnt scream Hi, Im on car-pool duty today the way a minivan does. But apparently, it has had the biggest year-over-year decline in the percentage of sales to boomers. Maybe it's just too much car for people, once the kids are out of the house.
If you're a boomer with grown kids, did you switch cars when the last of the brood moved out? What was your empty-nest buy?
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor