Looking for the perfect new car for moms and big families? Our picks to make life easier!
As a mom of four, I know how important it is to have a car that you love and can trust with your child’s safety. But it’s more than that. The perfect car has to take care of other things too: provide tech for passengers, like plenty of places to charge phones and tablets, it needs to help manage cargo, room for additional passengers and it needs to be comfortable. And, it needs to be a pleasure to drive.
For me, the Ford Expedition’s New Design is a Dream
As a mom of four, the 2018 Ford Expedition is an excellent choice. It has plenty of space for a growing family. A favorite of the critics, the newly redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition is a great full-size SUV for new moms. Look at the amount of storage space it has! I love how it has lots of space behind the third row and has a push-button option that lets you put the seats up or down– no climbing into the cargo area to hoist the seats up when you need them. This makes going places with four kids and installing car seats so much easier.
Another Must: Plenty of Room for Everyone and Everything
If you’re looking for a full-size SUV that has seating for 7 – 8 people, and we won’t buy a vehicle unless it has a minimum of 7 seats in it, often cargo space is sacrificed. But, cargo room is key with four kids! Connie Peters of Modern Mama agrees. She chose the GMC Yukon XL (extended) model for the extra cargo space behind the third-row seats. “Not a lot of 7-seater SUVs have cargo space when you’re using all three rows of seating. Most of the time there is negligible space behind the third row,” she said. “This is why we bought the extended Yukon. We always use the third row with three kids, but we need cargo space for my daughter’s wheelchair.
Not All SUVs Need to Be Huge
For moms of two, a smaller SUV is a great option, especially when making the transition from a sedan. This has been a big trend in recent years as families, especially those who live in cities and face parking challenges. “I had to get a Chevy Equinox,” said Kristy Bodle. “We had a small car and we couldn’t even put the stroller and groceries in the car. And we had 2 dogs at the time! I like a car that has the room of an SUV.”
More Love for the Easy Kid-Hauling Compact SUV
“My recommendation for a first-time mom is the Toyota RAV4 or the Honda CR-V,” Jaclyn Musselman of Coffee Pancakes and Dreams told us. “Both cars have excellent safety ratings and positive consumer reviews. Plus it is so much easier to get a baby carrier into a crossover than a sedan.” These cars have a higher stance making it easier to lift with your legs, not your back, when putting kids and car seats into the car. And, folding second row seats give you flexible cargo space when you need it. “You get the benefits of a larger SUV but not the huge size,” Jaclyn said.
But Don’t Forget Safety – Car Makers Haven’t
Probably one of the most competitive areas in new cars is safety features. Active safety features can help the driver monitor the road, stay in her lane and brake before something bad happens. This is a great help, especially when kids are having an issue or distracting the adult in the car. “Volvo’s approach to safety gives me so much comfort,” said Kristin Shaw of Thrills and Wheels, about Volvo’s innovation of driver assist technologies paired with a reputation for being the safest cars on the road. But the brand doesn’t stop there. Fresh, modern design is a feature of every new Volvo. “New moms will love the styling and amenities of the Volvo XC60,” which features a large touch screen, leather seats and open, airy cabins. “It’s mid-sized, so not intimidatingly large, but it has ample room for car seats and cargo.”
But Oh, the Minivan: The Awkward Stepchild that Steals Your Heart
What mom hasn’t, even for a brief moment deep in the stress of the new car hunt, considered a minivan? They make life easy, kids love them and they are chock full of great amenities for often half the price of a similarly-equipped and sized SUV. But, that reputation for being un-hip, subservient to your kids and no longer a hot mama.
Some moms, though, refused to be tagged with those images. It’s all about power and accomplishment and a minivan does that for you. When we asked Brett Martin of This Mama Loves about her favorite car she said, “That’s not hard. A sliding door minivan was amazing when we had infants. Open the door hands-free on a rainy day with a kid and a cart of groceries, and you understand.” And, we get it. A car that gets the job done so you can get on with life is not un-hip, or un-sexy.
The Perfect Kid-Mom Compromise: A Car That Feels Great to Everyone
“After the kids are tucked into their seats and you’re on the road, it’s time to sit back and relax and enjoy the road,” said Scotty Reiss. “That is why I love Infiniti’s SUVs. They are luxurious and beautiful and the company has been on the forefront of developing driving technology that takes a lot of the stress of the road off the driver.” Features like adaptive cruise and lane keep assist let you relax a bit in heavy traffic or on long drives.
But I’m Still Lusting After the Expedition. This SUV Makes My Life Easier!
Life as a mom of four is challenging. When it comes to finding a car big enough to fit two car seats and six people, a nice, large SUV is a must. There is plenty of room for everyone with room to move around as well. My family’s comfort for one is very important to me. And that’s what I love about the Expedition. It’s made for families with great features like plenty of USB ports, running boards so little legs can get in an out easily and captains chairs in the center so no one is touching each other. The Expedition has all wheel drive to make sure that no one ever misses a day of school due to bad weather and can accommodate towing, too. And it has a starting price is $51,790, which can be comparable to a minivan.
What We Love to Listen to in the Car
Every family car demands something to listen to on the road. And while we love listening to Harry Potter audio books, sometimes we just need to open up and sing. This was the family sing-along playlist that Scotty Reiss and her family sang along to in the Honda Odyssey.