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Family Friendly Cars For Mom

Safety, price, seating capacity, storage space and entertainment options are just a few of the many important considerations any mom keeps in mind when selecting their next family-friendly vehicle. Fortunately, Moms won’t have to resign themselves to buying the blandest vehicle out there just to fulfill the needs of their family. There are plenty of interesting and exciting choices when it comes to finding a new vehicle for family-hauling duty.

Toyota vehicles are always a safe choice, thanks to their stellar track record for reliability, quality and safety. The Toyota Highlander, available for around $28,000, is no exception, featuring a wide range of engines, seating for up to seven occupants and plenty of standard and optional family-friendly equipment. Moms have a choice between an economical four-cylinder, six-cylinder or hybrid power plant, with all-wheel drive available for added safety. Family-friendly features include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, third-row seating and plenty of storage areas for those odds and ends. The Highlander also delivers on fuel economy – a well-equipped all-wheel drive Highlander equipped with a V6 engine will achieve an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.

Starting at a MSRP of $29,000, the Chevy Traverse is another option for moms looking for an accommodating and family-friendly vehicle. Available with all-wheel drive, the Traverse features car-like agility and handling that makes it easier to maneuver in traffic and on city streets. The full-size crossover also features third-row seating for eight with a “Smart Slide” second-row seat that makes access to the third row that much easier. The Traverse earned five stars overall in NHTSA crash safety tests, with a five-star safety rating in side crash protection. Other features include standard remote keyless entry, rear-door child security lockouts, traction control and daytime running lamps for added safety.

For those who want a family-friendly vehicle with a bit more “oomph” under the hood, there is always the Dodge Durango. With a starting price of under $30,000, buyers have a wealth of options at their fingertips, including a choice of V6 or V8 engine. Moms will find plenty of space for occupants and their cargo, along with plenty of storage spaces for small stuff. The rear DVD entertainment system with nine-inch drop-down screen and inputs for games and media players will keep rear passengers occupied for long trips. The Durango features plenty of safety equipment, including Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot and Rear Cross Path Detection, active head restrains and side curtain airbags.

Bio: Christian, knows a lot about cars, as he works for an automotive dealership. As of now, he works for Sell my car Nationwide a nationally recognized company that pays more then trade in value for your car.

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