SANTA MONICA, Calif. — May 9, 2013 — Many women look forward to the day that they'll become a mother, but some might not be quite as excited about trading in their hot wheels for a more family-friendly minivan. Fortunately, Edmunds.com, the premier resource for car shopping and automotive information, offers a new list of alternative family cars for mothers who aren't cut out of the minivan mold.
"There's a very vocal contingent of moms out there who are most definitely not on the minivan bandwagon," says Edmunds.com Editor Warren Clarke. "These women would rather get behind the wheel of a vehicle that goes about its family-friendly work in a less obvious way. For them, it's important that their vehicle choices reflect their personalities, in addition to handling all the chores that come with parenting."
If you're a mom (or if you know a mom) who can relate to breaking through the minivan stereotype, Edmunds.com recommends the following vehicles:
- BMW X3 — The X3 offers driving-enthusiast moms a compact crossover that boasts a truly sporting experience while offering enough spaciousness and all the amenities needed to accommodate offspring.
- Ford Flex — The Flex's distinctively boxy profile has an alternative bent that may make it appealing to hipster moms who still like to rock out to Alt Nation on Sirius/XM.
- Kia Optima — The Kia Optima brings something to the table that many family sedans don't have: genuine sex appeal. Its assertive sheet metal turns heads, and makes it a great choice for moms who like being in the spotlight.
- Toyota Prius V — The Prius V is a great fit for hypermiling moms who like the idea of saving gas while doing their bit for the environment. The V's hybrid powertrain helps it manage a stellar 44 city/40 highway mpg, making it a top pick in its class for fuel economy.
- Volvo XC60 — All moms value safety, but for the mom who's more safety-conscious than most there's the Volvo XC60. It earned a perfect five stars in government crash tests and offers a seemingly endless list of safety features.
Edmunds.com offers a full list of 10 cars for moms who hate minivans at http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-10-vehicles-for-moms-who-hate-minivans.html.
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