Manufacturers are growing increasingly aware of the hip mom crowd, and there are more choices for those who prefer a sporty whip that works well as a kid taxi.
Finding the perfect car is never easy. While there are a million options for reliable and safe rides for moms to drive their kids to and from school, let’s face it: Not all of us want to be stuck behind the wheel of boxy, utilitarian mini-van.
Thankfully, car manufacturers are growing increasingly aware of the hip mom crowd, and there are more choices than ever for those who prefer a sporty whip that works well as a kid taxi. You may not know how to personally change your oil or what Chevy oem parts are but that doesn’t mean you don’t want a cool ride. Here are four cars that seamlessly combine good looks with practicality
2013 Lexus RX350
When it comes to luxury crossovers, Lexus has it nailed. The RX350 base model is sleek, with lots of cabin space for you and your brood, not to mention plenty of cargo space for gear. Plus, the fold-down seats make it easy to change and rearrange the back in order to bring home your Costco haul. Although Car and Driver doesn’t give the RX350 high marks for fun driving, the F Sport package may increase your enjoyment level. Seating Capacity: 5. MPG: 16 for city, 24-26 for highway. MSRP: $39,660 – $47,350. Safety Features: 10 airbags, ABS brakes, pre-collision system available. Additional bells and whistles: Seat warmers, power liftgate, navigation system, in-seat screens for kid-friendly entertainment, cargo nets and envelopes for additional storage.
2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
If you’re looking for an economical, attractive ride with great fuel efficiency, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS sedan is the car for you. The exterior is sporty and smooth (it looks especially good in black or red), and it will run you a reasonable $15,622. It’s a perfect car for a mom with one or two small children; and it’s sassy enough to stand out in a crowd. Seating Capacity: 5. MPG: 28 for city, 38 for highway. MSRP: $18,240. Safety Features: ABS brakes, front and side airbags, child locks, remote power door locks. Additional bells and whistles: Cruise control, tilt steering wheel, solar tinted glass, lots of cargo space.
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Nothing makes you look more hard-core than driving the kids around in a Jeep Wrangler. Rugged, durable and ready to take on any terrain (even the competitive school pick up/drop off gauntlet), Jeep Wranglers aren’t just for dudes who like to off-road on the weekends. They’re also for young moms who love to take their kids on exciting outdoor excursions. Plus, it has that signature Jeep maneuverability, making it easy to drive even on paved roads (we know; BORING!). Seating Capacity: 4. MPG: 16 for city, 20 for highway. MSRP: $25,695. Safety Features: Multi-stage front airbags, side airbags, sport bar, integrated restraint system. Additional bells and whistles: Heated power mirrors, intuitive control panel, heated seats, quiet.
2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet Convertible
If forced to use one word to describe the Audi RS5 Cabriolet Convertible, it would be “dreamy.” Talk about beauty and practicality all rolled into one sweet ride that will surely make you the envy of everyone on the play date circuit. Put the top down and let the sun in. Seating Capacity: 4. MPG: 18 for city, 26 for highway. MSRP: $59,300. Safety Features: 4-wheel ABS brakes, electronic stabilization, front/side/knee airbags, pop-up roll bar. Additional bells and whistles: Three-zone climate control, power windows, SIRIUS satellite radio, iPod music interface, heated front seats, parking assist, a head-spinning amount of extra features.
Regardless of which of the above you choose, you can be certain that you will not only provide your kids with a safe means of transport, but you’ll look incredible while doing it. Just don’t forget to Scotchgard those brand new leather seats.
About the Author:
Shannon Kilborn is a baseball fan and freelance writer living in Chicago.