Whether you are taking kids to school, daycare, or sporting events finding the right vehicle for a family of carpoolers or families of six or more, can be a stressful task. A good question to ask before beginning the search is distinguishing between what you want from what you need.
Although sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) have been the vehicles of choice in the past, they are at a higher risk of rollovers, and they are also not the most fuel-efficient as well. That being said, the crossover’s or car based SUV’s that are currently on the market or the standard minivan are what more experts are recommending to families.
Things to look for in your quest for the right car are wide-ranging available safety features and high scores on vehicle safety testing. Along with that is having the option of rear-view cameras, and adequate visibility for front and rear. The larger the vehicle the harder it is to see behind you, and that can be fatal when there are young children involved.
Look for plenty of cargo space, second-row legroom and slide able second row seats. If you have children that are child safety seat age, make sure to double-check that the seat is compatible with whatever vehicle that you are leaning towards purchasing.
Besides the need for enough cargo space, other conveniences to ease parents stress loads would be the option of power rear hatches and remote starters. Something else to keep in mind is what type of interior fabric are you looking for? A parent’s best bet is to look for darker, stain-resistant fabric throughout. As we all know, children from toddler to teen can be a messy lot.
Overall, the decision comes down to what makes sense. It is best to educate yourself on choices and options before you sign the dotted line.