Mother’s Day is coming up. So, to honor the mom who is always hauling the kids, pets and groceries around, we put together a list of the best minivans and SUVs. Minivans and SUVs are a very practical option for families; getting kids in and out of sedans is always a bit difficult. The larger, family-friendly vehicles make it easier for kids to hop in on their own, and it’s better for your back when you’re putting little ones in their car seats.
We chose our top mom-approved minivans and SUVs by considering the vehicle’s safety features, available technology, cargo room and fuel efficiency.
Top 3 Minivans
Also known as the original Swagger Wagon, the Toyota Sienna is kid-friendly and mom-trendy. The Sienna is the perfect combination of convenience, performance and technology on four wheels.
Now standard on all trim levels, the Sienna offers a Siri® Eyes Free functionality for iPhone users. Talk to Siri® while driving without ever taking your eyes off the road, keeping you and your little passengers safe when you need to make a phone command. Activate Siri® by pressing the Phone off-hook button on the steering wheel, wait for the beep, and let Siri® assist you with what you need.
Also, with the Sienna, haul the whole team and their gear without difficulty. All Sienna minivans have three rows of seats and accommodate seven or eight passengers, with ample storage behind the third row.
Get your wallets ready, because the Sienna is worth every penny of its $28,580 starting MSRP.
Top 3 SUVs
The 2016 Ford Explorer is a very spacious SUV that’s also fun to drive. Starting at only $31,050 MSRP, this SUV hits our list because of the amount of tech and safety features you can pack into it. There are enough features to make mom happy while keeping the kids busy. The impressive tech features include a front 180-degree camera and front park aid, dual second row smart-charging USB ports and a hands-free, foot-activated lift-gate. Available safety features include an enhanced active park assist system, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support and hill descent control.
It has seating for up to seven with a third row – that’s always a nice bonus to help mom get kids in and out of car seats. Both rows can also fold down, leaving you a lot of configurable cargo space. With all the seats up you still get an additional 21 cubic feet of cargo space. Plus, the last row of seats folds flat at just the touch of a button.
“Just because it’s a minivan, doesn’t mean it has to be boring” – That was the mentality at Honda when they created the Odyssey minivan. For years, the Honda Odyssey has been the gold standard for family-goers everywhere, with its impressive safety ratings and smart technology features. However, Honda upped its minivan game, blowing the minds of moms everywhere, by launching the first ever built-in HondaVac vacuum cleaner. With the HondaVac, minivan moms everywhere erase the stereotype that just because you drive a minivan, doesn’t mean the interior has to be a collection of cheerio crumbs.
Safety is important in every vehicle, but in a minivan that’s often full of passengers, it’s crucial. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2016 Odyssey its highest rating in every safety category, awarding the Honda Odyssey the #1 2016 Top Safety Pick.
With a $29,400 MSRP and a great reputation for reliability and resale value, the Honda Odyssey is definitely one our mom-approved favorites.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is a great, spacious SUV for the whole family. Mom will love driving around behind the wheel of this high-tech, spacious vehicle. With a starting MSRP of only $25,350 you get a powerful 3.3L V6 engine that provides an effortless flow of power.
The seats are designed to work with your family and help Mom keep things clean, even with a bunch of kids hopping in and out of the car. The standard seats in the Santa Fe are covered in YES Essentials premium seat cloth, which is stain resistant. It also has an antibacterial feature to help with odor control as well as anti-static technology so you don’t get shocked getting in and out of your car.
The Santa Fe also gives the family a ton of extra space with seating for seven and seats that fold down to offer a cargo volume of 80 cubic feet. Along with many available safety features that will put any driver’s mind at ease, it offers available automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and even smart cruise control with stop/start. Your Santa Fe is ready for whatever your next family adventure might be.
Is it a minivan or a luxury vehicle? When talking about the Chrysler Town & Country, it’s both! The Town & Country is equipped with standard premium features like leather-trimmed seats, power sliding doors, power lift-gate and the ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera.
With the available Blu-ray™ and DVD Entertainment System, which includes two 9-inch VGA high-resolution DVD screens, two USB ports, HDMI connectivity, and two game-console inputs, the kids don’t have to settle on just watching one thing.
However, the best thing about the Town & Country is the innovative seating and storage. With the standard Stow ’n Go® Seating and Storage System, the minivan second-row seats fold down into the floor, giving you seating options that range anywhere from seven seats to two. Also, the Town & Country offers a third-row seat option that flips into a tailgate position or can fold directly into the floor, allowing more room for pets and excess cargo.
With a $29,999 MSRP starting price, the Chrysler Town & Country exudes a standard premium interior, with versatile storage and interior space, making it a perfect minivan choice for mom.
With a starting MSRP of only $24,995, the 2016 Subaru Outback is the least expensive on our list, but definitely provides a lot of bang for your buck. While this SUV doesn’t have a third row of seats, it still has a whopping 143.6 cubic feet of interior room.
The Subaru Outback is on our list because of it’s safety rating and its fuel economy. Added bonus for mom, you don’t have to stop at the pump as often with this SUV. You get up to 33 mph HWY making it the most fuel-efficient pick on our list.
The available safety features are packed into the car with available EyeSight driver assist technology to monitor traffic, optimize cruise control and warn you if you’re swaying outside your line. You also get Blind Spot Detection standard on the 2.5i Limited and 3.6R limited trim levels. Plus, standard on all models is Vehicle Dynamic Control with Active Torque Vectoring to help give you sharper, more stable handling. All of those safety features should make mom feel very safe because they helped the 2016 Subaru Outback earn a title as one of IIHS Top Safety Pick+ vehicles.