When a person starts or already has a family, a lot of thought goes into where they will live, what they will eat, and most likely, what car the family will use for transport. It’s not a new thing for people to consider the longevity and reliability of a vehicle. If you have a toddler, it is a whole other ball game, and it will do you a world of good to take a look at the consumer reports recommended car seats.
Here is our list of the best cars your money can buy for you and your family:
- Toyota Avalon Limited [2017/2018]
This quick, quiet and beautiful car is dedicated to children and teens of school age. The Avalon is a large sedan which has gone through upgrades and updates to suit a contemporary family. The controls are easy to use and include a direct touch-screen infotainment system. It has a V6 engine and seats a family of 5.
- Toyota Sienna XLE 8-Passenger 
The Sienna is best for you if you have young children, school-aged kids, and teens. If you want a minivan, this is an excellent choice to go with, but according to experts, its handling leaves a lot to be desired. It has a standard backup camera, an additional LATCH attachment, and a front-passenger seat-cushion airbag.
- Kia Sorento EX V6 AWD 
The Sorento is suited for school-aged children and has easily manipulated controls. The SUV is midsized and has safety gear which includes a forward-collision warning, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert. It also comes with a surround-view monitor.
- Ford Flex SEL AWD 
The Flex is for young children and has an interior with room for up to seven passengers in three rows. It has a V6 engine, a navigation system and more airbags can we can count. It also has a brake assist, child lock, and traction control amongst others.
- Volkswagen Atlas MPG 19 
The American-built Volkswagen Atlas which debuted about a year ago is easy to drive and has a passenger capacity of seven. Installing a car seat in an Atlas is simple because the lower anchors in the LATCH system are some of the easiest to access. The steering is also easy to maneuver, and the car comes in seven colors.
- Chevrolet Traverse 
For the 2018 model, the Traverse comes with seating for up to eight persons dedicated to toddlers and teens. There is a curbside seat which can tip and slide forward even when cradling a forward-facing child seat. There is a Teen Driver system which allows parents to set vehicle limits and get reports on a teen’s driving habits.
- Chrysler Pacifica [2017/2018]
Built with a V6 engine, the Pacifica has plenty of space between the second row and front passenger seat that remains visible even if there’s a large infant seat set up. The minivan can take up to eight persons and has lane keeping assist and warning, blind-spot warning, backup or full 360-degree camera, active cruise control, and collision warning and avoidance.
- Honda Odyssey
Every year since 2008, the Honda Odyssey has been top of the list whenever conversations about family-friendly cars popped up. With its new Magic Slide feature, its seats can move up and back and then side to side. There’s also a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, in-cabin camera, driver’s voice amplification and wireless phone charging.
- Chevrolet Tahoe 
The Tahoe which supports families with toddlers and teens comes with a 6.2-liter 420-horsepower V8 and an eight-passenger seating arrangement. There is the Teen Driver technology that tracks and sends updates on a teen’s driving habits and a reminder that gives drivers a heads-up to ensure a small child isn’t left in the rear seat when the vehicle is parked.
- Ford Expedition 
This full-size SUV comes with the usual Expedition features: air conditioning, 6-speaker audio, keyless entry with push-button start, 6-way power driver’s seat, rearview camera with washer, etc. It also offers an available 4G LTE hotspot for up to 10 devices and seats up to 8 passengers.
- Honda Pilot 
The Pilot is a midsize SUV which seats eight people – comfortably providing leg and headroom for adults as well as children. It comes with multiple cup holders, plenty of USB ports, and a touchscreen that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
- Toyota Rav4 Crossover SUV 
For the 2017 Rav4, the controls are precise and natural. The ride is smooth, and it comes with some advanced safety features.
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