Mom checks out the ‘best family cars of 2018’
Mom is often synonymous with chauffeur.
Moms spend hours in their cars. Fortunately, vehicles have come along way and offer amenities that make that time in the car safer and more pleasurable. Kelley Blue Book looked at safety, comfort and family-friendly features as they evaluated and recommended the best family cars of 2018.
"The biggest news this year might be the mass proliferation of safety, assist and entertainment technologies across these mainstream people-movers," said Jason Allan, managing editor for Kelley Blue Book. "Features like push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity and blind spot warning have been widely available for several years now, but they're still new to the millions of shoppers who haven't purchased a new car in more than six years. And that's just the tip of the tech iceberg in this year's group.”
SUV’s are among the most popular vehicles for moms. The highest rated two-row SUVs listed were the Chevrolet Equinox, the Honda CR-V and Subaru Outback. These vehicles are loaded with safety features.
A couple of unique feature in the Equinox are a rear seat safety reminder that uses audible chimes to remind parents to check the backseat and a teen driver report that shows how a teen performs to allow parents better feedback to help a new driver improve. Other features include lane departure warnings, forward collision warnings, and rear park assist.
For moms who need a little more space, a three-row SUV might be a better choice. In three-row mid-size SUVs, Kelley’s suggests the Chevrolet Traverse, the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and the Volkswagen Atlas. For full size SUVs, they recommend the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition. The vehicles are full of cool features. For example, the Highlander offers steering asset and a pedestrian detection system that will give an audible warning and even apply the brakes if it detects a possible collision. Adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warnings and assistance are just a few of Toyota’s safety features. The Expedition offers a wi-fi hot spot for up to 10 devices, a wireless charging pad and USB ports in every row.
Love them or hate them, when it comes to family cars, the minivan deserves consideration. The roominess and easy-open doors make them super convenient for new parents. Kelley’s favorites were the Chrysler Pacifica, the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. The Odyssey and Pacifica even ofer built in vacuum cleaners!
Kids will love the new entertainment options. For example, the Odyssey uses the navigation system to allow kids to monitor the progress of the trip, thus answering the age-old question: “Are we there yet?” The Sienna has a 16.4-inch entertainment screen that allows for a split screen so that one child can be watching or playing one thing while the other is engaged in something totally different. Another cool feature called driver EZ speak allows you to talk from a microphone in the front and project your voice into a child’s headphones or back speakers. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, the hardest thing may be choosing what to buy.