Welcome to motherhood. Now you’ve got a whole new set of priorities to worry about, from planning for your kid’s educations to mending scraped knees and elbows. There are bills to pay, deadlines to meet, and, if you work outside the home, all the opportunities and hassles that come with a career. On top of all that, you need to squeeze in some time for yourself as well as your partner. It’s enough to make you long for the past sometimes.
Well, we can’t relieve you of your responsibilities. But we can recommend some vehicles that will help you to discharge your motherly duties while looking good doing them. Each of our picks strikes a balance between practicality and style, with an emphasis on safety and good fuel economy. So, without further ado, here are our five suggestions for your next vehicle:
1. Nissan Quest SV
The Quest is a lot of vehicle for around $30,000.00, with sleek styling that’s light years ahead of vehicles in its class from just a few years ago. Features include:
- 19 city/25 highway MPG.
- Three rows of seats that seat 7, yet fold down for more cargo space.
- Lots of nice touches come standard, such as darkened window glass to keep UV rays at bay.
2. Ford Flex SEL
Our second pick is a tad pricier than the Quest, starting at $33,700.00. Its list of standard features and overall quality make it a great buy, however. The design stands apart from our other choices with its clean, simple lines and slightly more truck-like appearance. Make no mistake, though, the Flex is perfect for moms with a million things to do. Features include:
- 18 city/25 highway MPG.
- 10-way power-driven, heated seats to fit 6 adults comfortably. Seats fold down.
- Cool features like painted aluminum wheels and available skylights.
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3. Chevy Traverse LS
With a sleek look, the Traverse is a do-all crossover SUV that emphasizes style and comfort. Prices start at $30,510.00 and features include:
- Seating for 8; seats fold down.
- 19 city/24 highway MPG.
- Rear view camera standard on all models; well thought out interior design, with 12 cup holders and multiple interior cargo compartments.
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4. Toyota Highlander
The Highlander stands apart with its bold styling, extra size, and rugged design. It’s more akin to a traditional SUV, with the ability to travel through rugged outdoorsy places with ease. Features include:
- Seating for 7; seats fold down.
- 20 city/25 highway MPG is slightly better than other vehicles discussed.
- Climate control vents throughout the vehicle for added comfort.
5. Chrysler Town & Country
The Town & Country has a nice touch of luxury missing from other choices. Features include:
- Seating for 7, with the ability to fold down the 2nd and 3rd row seats individually for maximum versatility.
- 20 city/25 highway MPG.
- Nice appointments like heated leather steering wheel and Blu-Ray video player make the Town & Country the most luxurious choice of the five.
Guest writer Max Howard is a freelance writer who specializes in the auto industry, collectible cars and ecommerce.