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Best Car Features for Parents

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Shopping for a car is one thing, but shopping for a family car is a whole different experience. You’re not just taking into consideration your needs but also the needs of your family. In addition, it’s likely that the family vehicle will be used for running errands, taking the kids to sports practice and going on road trips. You need something that’s going to accommodate you for all of these activities!

As you start shopping around for a family minivan or SUV, here are some of the best features parents should look for! 

High Safety Rating 

When it comes to driving around the little ones, safety trumps everything. Look for car models that have five-star safety ratings and perform well in crash tests. Other features that make a family car safe include automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, electronic stability control, and side and curtain airbags. 

Plenty of Space 

No matter the size of your family, plan to have plenty of space in your new vehicle. There will come a day (if not now) that you’ll be driving other kids to soccer practice or school. And you’ll be taking your family vehicle on road trips and other family day trips. Everyone should be able to travel in safety and comfort. We recommend getting a vehicle with multiple rows, with the option to rearrange the interior. 

…And Plenty of Storage 

In addition to leg room and comfy seats, you should also focus on vehicles that offer plenty of storage space. Stow-and-go seating is still popular in many hatchbacks, minivans and SUVs. It allows you to pack away up to two rows of seating beneath the cargo floor. This flat space makes it easy to haul large items like groceries, strollers and bikes. 

Reliable Backup Camera 

Backup cameras are a must these days, and they particularly come in handy in busy parking lots and neighborhoods. Using a screen on your dashboard, you can safely back out of your driveway or parking spot with a clear view. You’ll always know what’s behind you, preventing embarrassing moments and serious accidents. 

Remote Keyless Entry 

Another feature we recommend looking for is remote keyless entry, which lets you open and close doors from the touch of the button. This way, you can open up the doors and load up the kids while you’re still bringing in the groceries. And, if you purchase a minivan, you get sliding doors that won’t scratch nearby cars. 

Built-in Sunshades 

Kids get a lot of sun when riding in the car, and there isn’t any protection for them. Even the car decals usually aren’t large enough to cover the entire window. Look for a family car that comes equipped with built-in sunshades so that you can pull them down when you need them. Plus, they darken the car, making it easier for little ones to nap. 

These are just some of the features we recommend looking for in your new family car. There are plenty of other features you can look for as well, such as built-in vacuum cleaners, bluetooth connectivity and backseat cup holders. To find the perfect vehicle for your family at a price you can afford, shop with RepoFinder today!