I am looking at getting a new(er) car and wanted to get some advice on what most moms look for in a car! Currently we drive a 1997 Isuzu Trooper, so my husband thinks we should stick with an SUV or a crossover. I have a 5 month old girl, Abigail Caroline. Any suggestions?
I have the Kia Sorento and we love it. It is a little roomier than most of the other SUVs I think. Has the same square footage as the sportage but it is a lot more comfortable. Don't know much about the safety compared to other SUV's but my BIL is a certified Kia tech and he says it is a very safe vehicle. I completely trust his word since it is his job to know everything about these vehicles and I know he would never recommend a vehicle to us that is not safe for our girls. I know a lot of people in our area have switched to the Sorento and I haven't heard of anyone who didn't like theirs.
We just purchased a 2000 Subaru Outback. It's an all wheel drive, not quit a suv.....but very nice & safe. It has a cool safety seat belt feature in back & side air bags....
It's not an suv but a car that is next best thing.
I love, love, love it!
We purchased a Chrysler Pacifica about a month after my son was born. I absolutely love it. There is plenty of storage room to haul suff and its so roomy and comfortable. We were looking for a safe vehicle that could hold alot of people. I didnt want and suv so we looked at crossovers. The Pacifica holds seven people comfortably - Ive sat in all the seats. Its working great for use and my Aunt and friend also have a Pacifica. I haven't herd any complaints.
I recommed checking out consumer reports the review cars every year. Here is the link.
Whatever you do, make sure child safety locks are standard on every door. I bought my car in 2000, before I had kids. I still love it, it runs great and is roomy enough for my 2 kids now BUT it does not have child locks on the back doors and my 2 year old can get out on her own. Very scary. I'm getting another car just for that reason alone.
we had a 2004 toyota 4 runner......loved it with 2 kids, but when we assed my son, it was a tight squeeze with his carseat and base. So now I drive a ford 500 limited t.i.s. 22" edition. And I love, love, love it! It's wider then the 4 runner and all 3 kids fit comfortably with lots of room. The trunk it huge and accomadated his stroller and all the baby gear plus groceries. We feel very safe in it. We also just bought a Dodge Ram 1500 Big Horn Edition...with the crew cab and the kids fit nicely in there. Good Luck and have fun car shopping.
cross overs and suvs are okay for the first child, but when you get to having two or more i recomend a mini van. we just got a 2006 chrysler town and country touring van it is awsome!! But i had a jeep cherokee befor and i loved it two i just needed a little more room when i wanted to get in the back seat with my new born. I wil admit i had withdrawls after the trade in.. but i love the van now.. I think the big thing about vans is that men and some women don't want that "soccer mom" look or feel when it comes to vans, and did i mention that the chrysler will burn rubber! some hot shot kid was reving his engine next to me at a red light so when it turned green i stomped the gas and left him in the dust. it was funny,