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A Not So Mom Mobile

Merge Function and Style When Choosing a Family Car

By Sydni Ellis


Is it time to move on from your minivan? Yes, they are convenient and typically get decent gas mileage, but when you’re driving from school pickup to a play date to karate class to the grocery store and back home, you deserve a stylish ride. And (no offense) a minivan, isn’t it. 

From cars with fabulous features to SUVs that fit everyone in your family, including the dog, there’s something for everyone. Here are some cars with style, plus one cool minivan for those who just can’t let it go. 

Compact SUV: 2022 Hyundai Tucson

Completely redesigned for 2022, the Hyundai Tucson is perfect for parents who want it all — stylish design, safety features, affordable price, and plenty of space to spread out. Optional high-end extras include a panoramic sunroof, blind-spot view monitor, and remote smart parking assist. It seats five, with cargo space to spare. 

Mid-Size SUV: 2022 Kia Telluride

Big families, or those rocking the carpool lanes, should consider the 2022 Kia Telluride. This
mid-size SUV seats eight and has a standard forward collision avoidance assist and standard safe exit assist. Upgrade to get the Kia Connect with remote start, climate control, and find my car — all from the convenience of a smartphone app. One-touch sliding and folding second-row seats make it easier for older kids to crawl in the back, and the optional leather trim and heated/ventilated seats for the second row are a nice touch. 

Large SUV: 2022 Jeep Wagoneer

Bigger is better in Texas, and you can’t go wrong with the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer, an SUV with a vintage name and new technology. It has an interactive display on the passenger dash and two entertainment screens mounted on the back of the front seats for kids. Up to eight passengers can relax in the spacious SUV. 

Sedan: 2022 Honda Accord

The 2022 Honda Accord is roomy for a sedan with a luxe entertainment system and plenty of perks that make life with kids easier. These include wireless phone charging, leg room for up to five people, a blind spot information system, an intelligent cruise control system, and great fuel economy. Plus, it has a sleek design.

Wagon: 2022 Subaru Outback 

Fans of the wagon-style car will love the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness. This one has a h
igher-end interior, an impressive infotainment center, and plenty of room that seats up to five. Features include elevated ground clearance,
off-road wheels, and all-terrain tires for adventurous drives. 

Minivan: 2022 Toyota Sienna

If you can’t resist getting a minivan, choose the 2022 Toyota Sienna, which is as un-minivan-like as you can get. Its exterior looks like an SUV, albeit one with powered sliding doors, and its interior has one-of-a-kind features, like longer captain chairs. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and radar-based adaptive cruise control go a long way to tempt you to stay in a “mom mobile.” 

Accessories for Your Family Ride

Fast-food wrappers and smudgy windows may be inevitable living with kids, but these car accessories can still make your family car seem cool. 

Munchkin Brica Sun Safety Car Window Rollershade with Heat Alert:
Keep your kids cool and protect your windows from dirty fingers simultaneously with these convenient shades. They even have a sensor to alert parents when the car is too hot for little ones.
$16, Target.com
High Road CarHop Car Seat Organizer:
This insulated car organizer will keep your kids’ snacks, books, and toys in one convenient spot. It can be used as a cooler and a storage container and includes cup holders and outside pockets for convenient access to everything your kids need.
$34, Amazon.com
Autumn Owl Visor & Vent Clip Fragrance Holder:
Your car will smell like a dream without a plug or battery. Simply fill it with your favorite scent and clip it on or a long-lasting, fresh aroma.
$9.50, BathAndBodyWorks.com

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