I remember my first car, it was a Chevy Cobalt. It was small, stylish, had Bluetooth before Bluetooth was big, and it was perfect for a single 21 year old just coming out of college. And before we knew it, the sleek, single person car was gone and the family car was a van. I’ve recently gone over to SUV’s (they’re better on gas in my mind.) We’re still interested in how it looks, but definitely more interested in how it performs, amenities, and overall functionality.
Don’t automatically jump for the vehicle that has the most seats or the color you’re looking for.
There are things to consider while shopping for a family car and we’ve partnered with Kolosso of Appleton to bring you this conversation. :
This should be right on top of important musts while shopping for a family car. You don’t want to buy a vehicle that guzzles gas and then have to sit at home because the cost of gas would be way too much to handle!
Is it sufficient to comfortably seat bulky car seats and possibly an extra travel guest? Or do you need a roomier car? Does it have the option of a pull-out additional row?
Now the list can be pretty long here but basic musts include the need for child safety locks, airbags with a deactivation control, easy latch systems for car seats and a 5-star rating with crash tests. Other great features include automatic sliding doors, blind spot sensors, and backup cameras. (All fantastic features to help a harried parent on a particularly stressful car drive, with a crying toddler kicking up a tantrum)
Interior Colors and Material:
The darker the color of your seats, the easier it will be to maintain especially if you have young children. You could always buy seat protectors as an alternative but experts recommend placing a child’s car seat on the main seat, minus additional layers, for ensured safety.
The larger space, the more convenient it will be to haul around bags, equipment, strollers and even pack-and-playpens, especially on road trips and team game runs. These are a few important features to look into while buying that family car. Once you have these covered you can always add those cherry-on-the-top features like an inbuilt GPS system, inbuilt DVD players etc.