Looking for a 3rd party review of mobility scooters from a company that knows a thing or two about motorized ‘vehicles’?
Then this read from Car and Drive Magazine might be a good starting point if you’re trying to decide which mobility scooter to buy. The article, published in July 2017 is called Mobility Scooter Showdown: Whill Model A vs. Golden Tech Buzzaround EX vs. Pride Mobility Victory 10 LX and is a comparison test of three popular scooter brands and models.
- Whill Model A
- Golden Tech Buzzaround EX
- Pride Mobility Victory 10 LX
With typical Car and Driver writing style, they take a humorous look at the mobility scooter market and why people are using them now more than ever. Here’s are a few short paragraphs from the article:
“You may think that mobility scooters are a fad with the half-life of selfie sticks, but demographics argue otherwise. There are about 75 million baby boomers in the United States, and the youngest of them turn 53 this year. The oldest are 71. They’re aging into that part of life when bodies become fragile and, while modern medicine means they’ll live long lives, many will need help getting around. Right behind are 66 million Gen-Xers, followed by millennials, whose numbers now match the boomers. You may not be in the market now, but we are all potential scooter owners.
Throw in other sources of decreased mobility (including illness and obesity), and at least one report projects that the worldwide mobility market, which includes everything from canes to scooters, will grow from $7.7 billion in 2015 to $14.6 billion by 2024.
To oversimplify, there are three-wheel scooters, four-wheel scooters, and motorized wheelchairs. And they’re virtually all electrically powered using lead-acid batteries. There are dozens of different models, most built for sidewalks or the great indoors, and they top out at about 5 mph. But scooters for use on trails and paths are becoming common, and more-stylish models are coming. We recruited three for this surprisingly serious comparison.”
So, which mobility scooter was rated the best by Car and Driver Magazine? The Whill Model A ranked #1. Here is an overview of each scooter and then a final comparison. While the Pride Mobility Victory was the premiere vehicle — driver comfort, ergonomics, features, etc. — the Whill Model A was close behind and ranked better overall for its Powertrain and Chassis.
- Whill Model A: Whill Model A Review
- Pride Mobility Victory 10 LX: Pride Mobility Victory 10 LX Review
- Golden Tech Buzzaround EX: Golden Tech Buzzaround EX Review
- Final Scoring, Performance Data, and Complete Specs
**Note: WI Medical advises that when purchasing a mobility scooter, it’s important to understand exactly how you plan to use your scooter. You’ll also want to find a scooter that’s best customized for your body shape and your individual healthcare needs. Like any powered product, eventually scooters will require maintenance or face potential repair issues.