If you’re getting ready to welcome your bundle of joy, you’ve probably got a million things on your mind. You’ve got to get the nursery ready, figure out how to fold and unfold the stroller, and get a car seat.
But what are you going to put that car seat IN?
We’ve done the research, and we think that these 10 vehicles are the best for new parents:
1. The Mazda 3
Yes, this is a sedan, but it’s a roomy sedan! The backseat is big enough for two car seats just in case you feel like expanding your family again soon. And because it’s a sedan, the fuel efficiency is better than you’ll find in any SUV or minivan. But the best part about the Mazda 3 is the Smart City Brake Support — a laser system that can stop your car automatically if you’re about to crash into something. That way, your baby will be extra safe on board!
If you want the space of an SUV mixed with the fuel efficiency of a sedan, look no further than the Subaru Outback! Technically, this is a wagon, so you’ll have plenty of room for your little one and all of his belongings, without guzzling the same amount of gas that an SUV or minivan would. As an added benefit, the wagon design means that the Outback has a low step-in height — meaning you won’t have to struggle to get your new bundle of joy into the car. And, once your little one gets a little older, he’ll be able to climb into the car himself, just like a big boy!
This is one of those crossovers you’ve been hearing so much about lately. Luckily, the Rogue is a big crossover, so it’s got an entire third row of seats, and it can accommodate four car seats at once. And, it’s got plenty of under-floor storage, so you can tuck all of your baby’s belongings out of sight when you go into the grocery store or take a trip to the mall.
If you want a minivan, you might as well get one that has all of the newest bells and whistles! The Odyssey has captain’s chairs in the second row — instead of a row of seats — which will make it much easier to get your baby in and out. And, just in case your little bundle of joy decides to make a mess with that bag of Cheerios you gave him, you’ll be happy to know that the Odyssey comes with a built-in vacuum cleaner called the HondaVac that’s designed to reach every inch of your van.
If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s easy to maneuver in congested city traffic, take a long look at the Honda Accord. This is another roomy sedan that can handle tight turns, tiny parking spots, and parallel parking with ease. And, because the backseat is so big, you’ll never have to worry about struggling to get the car seat in and out.
With its top-notch German engineering, you’ll be able to drive this wagon around long after your baby outgrows his car seat! And, if you want to make your fuel bills as tiny as possible, you can opt for the Clean Diesel engine that gives you up to 42 miles per gallon. Plus, this wagon comes with optional leatherette seats that look upscale, but are much more durable than actual leather.
Technically, the Juke is a crossover, but it drives like something much sportier. So, baby will have plenty of room in the back, and you’ll be able to take advantage of tight steering, a turbocharged 188-hp engine, and a state-of-the-art suspension that gives you an incredibly smooth ride.
If you’re looking for a large vehicle — but refuse to drive a minivan — you’ll love all of the space you get in the Tahoe. It’s officially considered a Large SUV — complete with a V8 engine — but it still manages to have a decent fuel efficiency. And, it can hold up to nine people, so no matter how big you want your family to be, the Tahoe will be able to accommodate everyone!
If you’ve been dreaming of shuttling your baby around in a minivan, the Sienna is a great choice. It’s got the traditional minivan design on the outside, but the inside features a number of bells and whistles. One of our favorite features? Driver Easy Speak — a built-in microphone that’s connected to built-in speakers in the back. That way, you can get your rowdy kids’ attention without having to yell!
10. The Toyota Prius
Want to take your new baby all over town without leaving a giant carbon footprint behind you? The Toyota Prius will give you up to 51 miles per gallon, so it’s estimated that you’ll save more than $6,000 each year in fuel. (Just think of how handy that extra money will come in now that you have a little one to take care of!) But if you think the Prius is too small for your growing family, think again. The interior has an efficient design that’s big enough to accommodate two car seats, so your entire family will be comfy on your next road trip!
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