04/08/2014 10:42 am ET Updated Apr 08, 2014

Automakers Rediscover And Create For Boomers

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When Sue Green drove off the lot in her new 2013 Hyundai Elantra, she was just glad to be out of her old high-mileage SUV; amenities like hands-free phone service and a touch-screen navigation system didn't really rev her up.

"But now when I get into a car that doesn't have these features, it feels weird," says Green, 51, a university professor from Tempe, Ariz. And she's loving the sporty compact's moonroof, hatchback and snazzy rims. "I was at the gas station the other day, and a kid who was about 20 said, 'Cool car!' "

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