Growing families require many changes, one of which is often a larger vehicle with more room in the trunk and seating for the additional people. Whether you’re having your first kid or your fourth, having the right amount or cabin space is important for both comfort and safety. Many moms are expected to turn to minivans as their vehicle of choice, but that doesn’t mean that vans are for everyone. While minivans do have a certain practical appeal for families, they’re not for everyone, and there are plenty of minivan alternatives. These are our top 10 picks for the best vehicles for moms who hate minivans.
With the Honda Pilot, you get the space of a minivan but the look and feel of an SUV. There’s room for eight across three rows of seats, and the Pilot comes standard with Honda Sensing, a suite of safety and driver-assistance features. CabinTalk is an in-vehicle PA system that makes communicating with the back row easy, and this SUV has mobile hotspot capabilities for streaming. Kids and mom will love the rear entertainment system. There’s plenty of trunk space, and the second- and third-row chairs fold for even more storage.
Tesla might not be the first brand that comes to mind when you think of a family car, but the Model X fits the bill, especially for moms who are eco-conscious. This Tesla is a fully electric vehicle. It seats seven and has a 325-mile range. The all-wheel drive makes it safe to drive on all road conditions, there’s trunk space in both the back and front of the car since there’s no engine. Kids will definitely love the falcon wings, and moms will appreciate that they make getting everyone in and out easier.
The 2019 model of the Toyota Highlander starts at an affordable $31,680 MSRP. Like other SUVs on our list, the Highlander has three rows of seating for up to eight passengers, and the cargo space is customizable, depending on how much storage you need. Kids love the rear entertainment with BluRay player, 9-inch screen, and wireless headphones, and parents love that the Highlander comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of safety features. In fact, the 2019 model is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. And for eco-conscious moms, the Highlander comes in a hybrid version.
The VW Golf is a great hatchback that comes with The People First Warranty that provides you with a 6-year/72,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty. The Golf gets an impressive 29 city/mpg and 37 highway/mpg, helping moms save money at the gas pump. Safety features like blindspot monitor, rear traffic alert, and lane assist keep your family protected. The 2019 Golf received a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Need a bit more interior space? There’s also the Golf Alltrack and the Golf SportWagen.
You may notice a trend here. The Kia Sorento is a mid-size SUV with three rows of seating. It has room for up to seven people and starts at an affordable $26,290 MSRP. The Sorento offers an available AWD system for improved handling during inclement weather, and you get Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile engine/powertrain warranty. The 2018 model was the Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality by J.D. Power, and you’ll find two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors inside. The interior is built for comfort, so your family won’t mind riding for longer distances or over bumpier roads.
With the Chevy Cruze hatchback, you can take advantage of all that this brand has to offer, including affordable pricing and well-known dependability. The Cruze comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, so you can listen to your family’s favorite music or podcasts on the road. It features 10 standard airbags and a standard rearview camera. As your kids get older, you’ll appreciate that the Cruze hatchback also comes with Teen Driver technology, which allows you to set limits and monitor driving habits when you’re not in the car.
The 2020 model has been completely redesigned, and it offers a hybrid model as well. There are three spacious rows of seats, and the third row can be folded down when you don’t need it to make extra room for cargo. The Ford Explorer tows up to 5,600 pounds, making it perfect for families who love to camp or hang out at the lake, and moms appreciate the range of safety features like automatic emergency braking, blindspot monitor, and reverse brake assist. With FordPass Connect, your family can connect up to 10 devices to the 4G LTE WiFI hotspot for streaming music and video on longer car rides.
The Mazda CX-9 delivers more of a luxurious look and feel, but still provides the interior space and safety features moms need to feel comfortable driving their families around, including traffic sign recognition, adaptive front lighting, and smart city brake support. This SUV also delivers on seating for seven, and it’s #3 on the list of Best SUVs with 3 Rows for 2019 by U.S. News. The second row provides LATCH seat anchors and upper tether anchors. The turbocharged engine gets you around 28 mpg/highway with front-wheel drive or 26 mph/highway with AWD to help you save money between gas station stops.
The Ford Fiesta is a compact hatchback that seats five and starts at an affordable $15,790 MSRP. It makes an impressive 37 mpg on the highway and offering comfortable seating, with the option of heated seats, so kids won’t ask, “Are we there yet?” too many times. There’s plenty of space in the trunk for school gear, musical instruments, sports gear, or other items kids need to bring along. There are seven standard airbags, LATCH anchors, and child safety locks in the rear as well. Moms will also appreciate that the Fiesta comes with 5 years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance.
The GMC Acadia offers a sleek sportier exterior that looks great driving down the road, and inside, up to seven passengers ride in comfort, thanks to a large cabin and attention to detail. The smart slide seats of the second row making getting into the third row easy, and the traction selection system ensures that you have the best possible handling on different road conditions. The Acadia tows up to 4,000 pounds, which is great for bringing a camper or small boat along on family trips, and the 2019 model earned a 5-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA