Our children impact all of our financial decisions, don’t they? If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you’re probably looking for a car that has lots of features that will keep your children safe. Here are 5 cars that are built with child safety in mind.
What determines whether a car is child-safe or not? Here are three features we evaluated when picking our vehicles.
Size matters! Vehicles that are larger and heavier also tend to be safer in collisions. But it’s not just the size of the vehicle that’s important. Cars that are built for child safety should also have roomy interiors. If you have a baby, you want to have a vehicle that’s spacious enough for you to easily be able to strap in rear-facing car seats. It’s not surprising that all the vehicles we picked are SUVs!
2. Driving Features
Modern vehicles have plenty of integrated safety features that can help you avoid collisions. A good vehicle for children should have safe driving features like blind spot sensors and automatic brakes. It should also have plenty of airbags and good climate control—the latter of which is very important if you have an infant.
3. Entertainment Features
Accidents can occur when young children get unruly in a vehicle. A parent who’s trying to deal with a temper-tantrum toddler might be more at risk of getting distracted from the road and colliding with another vehicle or obstacle. Vehicle entertainment systems can keep children pleasantly distracted during long drives so you won’t be distracted—keep in mind that you can always install a vehicle entertainment system in your current car.
Without further ado, let’s pick 5 great cars that gear toward child safety.
1. Subaru Ascent
The Subaru Ascent is a large, comfy, and safe SUV that will keep your children safe, whether you’re taking them to school or if you’re taking your whole family on a road trip. The interior has an absolutely massive amount of leg space (with spacious captain’s chairs in the middle row) so you can easily strap in a rear-facing car seat. The windows are tall, which offer you more visibility of the road, and when you’re driving at night you’ll enjoy having LED steering responsive headlights and high beam assist. If you need an entertainment system, you can purchase the Subaru Ascent with the STARLINK Entertainment Anywhere package, which includes iPads and built-in Wi-Fi, so they can play games or stream movies during road trips.
2. Volkswagen Atlas
The Volkswagen Atlas is another great family-sized SUV that’s perfect for both your daily drop-off at school and for long summer trips. This SUV sports tough, 20-inch alloy wheels and a heavy frame. There’s a ton of room in the middle row to fit a variety of different car seats. and on very cold days in the fall or winter, you can set the vehicle to warm up automatically so it’ll be comfortable for your little ones by the time you strap them into their car seat. If you can’t quite afford a luxury vehicle, find a used Volkswagen for sale online.
3. Jeep Grand Cherokee
If you frequently take your family to the mountains, you might enjoy the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The SUV boasts great handling—which is great for driving on windy roads—and powerful Brembo brakes that can help this large vehicle come to a quick stop. The top-notch air conditioning and super smooth suspension make this one cozy ride for your kids.
4. Toyota Sequoia
The Toyota Sequoia is a hefty SUV that’s got a lot of great safe driving features built-in. There’s a dynamic radar cruise control system that will help you keep a safe distance from other vehicles, automatic high beams when you’re driving in very dark areas, and a lane departure alert system. There are blind spot sensors and a backup camera, to boot.
5. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V will always keep your children comfortable and entertained. There’s dual-zone climate control so your little ones will always be comfortable in the back seats, whether it’s hot or cold outside. There’s also an automatic braking feature, backup sensors, blind spot sensors, and a backup camera. And you can easily hook up your iPhone or Android and enjoy a variety of entertainment options.
There you have it, folks! If you want to keep your precious little ones safe during each and every drive, give these 5 vehicles a test drive and see if they’re right for you and your family.