Let’s face it. Safety is a big concern for families. However, when it comes to car buying, sometimes safety loses out in favor of stylishness. As Christians, it is our duty to provide for, protect and love our family.
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. —1 Timothy 5:8, KJV
Can you have it both ways? According to industry leaders, it is quite possible to have a great set of wheels that you can feel good about lugging your family in.
Here is a very unscientific, yet insightful poll on 10 of 2013’s safest cars out there for families. The list also looked at what was the most affordable and “mom-friendly” vehicles. The sources that help make up this list include Kelley Blue Book, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, US News, Consumer Reports and Forbes. And the winners are:
10. Chevrolet Suburban 1500
While it didn’t make the list for Consumer Reports “mom-friendly” cars, the Chevrolet Suburban received high marks from Kelley Blue Book who claim, “For the family whose cargo- and people-hauling requirements run to the extreme, it doesn’t get much better than the Chevy Suburban.” It seats up to nine people and can tow almost five tons. The size alone makes it perfect for large families and some models feature climate controls for the rear seats and chilled compartments for snacks on the way to your big adventure.
9. Toyota Prius V
Also suited for larger families, the Toyota Prius V wagon can brag about its fuel economy and is included in US News, Best Cars for Families list. It also made the Consumer Reports list for Best Green Car for Families for its roominess and 41 miles to the gallon fuel efficiency.
8. Subaru Outback
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety likes the Subaru Outback for its improved safety features from years before as well as improvements in the suspensions and CVT transmission. “For drivers looking for a safe vehicle in wagon form, the Outback might be the way to go.” It also made Forbes’ list for Safest Cars for the Money.
7. Subaru Legacy
The Subaru Legacy slightly edged out the Outback for seventh spot due to its “mom-friendly-ness” of design. A very safe vehicle, it also made Forbes’ list for Safest Cars for the Money.
6. Honda Odyssey
Honda has one of the most consistent reputations for safety and reliability. Kelley Blue Book also observed how well this minivan is suited for families. Families will fit very comfortably here and like the Chevy Suburban, some models feature amenities like climate controls for the rear seats and chilled compartments for drinks and snacks.
5. Volkswagen Passat
Kelley Blue Book describes the Volkswagen Passat as “huge in a good way.” Though large, it still has a refined look to it and received high marks for one of the most satisfying cars to drive. This mid-size sedan also received an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
4. Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima has been completely redesigned for 2013 which sits well with Kelley Blue Book. It “comes with a sharp new look, tech-savvy features, refined driving characteristics and class-leading fuel economy. Comfortable seating for five and a host of safety features including blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist make this revamped sedan a newly notable choice for families.”
3. Honda CRV
The Honda CRV was the winner of Kelley Blue Book’s compact SUV comparison test. What made it such a leader was its exceptional comfort, ease of driving and a good value. The CRV also features upscale features such as a leather interior, a navigation system and rear-seat entertainment. Kids don’t care about safety, but the entertainment features will be a winner for them.
2. Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion is one of Ford’s more successful cars on the market and for good reasons. This car is good looking inside and out and is powerful too. It includes two hybrid options and a pair of turbocharged engines. Definitely not your typical “mom” car and your kids won’t be embarrassed to ride in it with you.
1. Honda Accord
Winning marks across the board, the Honda Accord continues its legacy as a safe and reliable vehicle. It almost always lands on top for safety with the IIHS, and for this year, it did it again. The 2013 design has also been upgraded making one of the best looking safe cars too. The four-door version is just as good looking.