Top 10 Coolest Vehicles for Soccer Moms (and Dads)


  • 2014 BMW X3

    2014 BMW X3

    2014 BMW X3. | April 15, 2014

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Soccer moms (and dads) know it can be difficult to find vehicles that offer family-friendly amenities while still managing to turn heads in the parking lot. If you're a parent who thinks that family life means your days of driving a genuinely eye-catching vehicle are behind you, think again. There's a good selection of choices out there that allow you to responsibly pilot your brood without losing cool points in the process.

The following models are our picks for the 10 coolest vehicles for soccer moms for 2014. Our choices offer safety and family-friendly functionality (including comfortable seating for at least five passengers). They also boast that certain cool quotient that can help a model stand apart from the pack. Our list includes SUVs , crossovers , sedans and wagons , and our picks run the gamut from affordable to premium . Models are listed in alphabetical order.

  1. BMW X3

    1. BMW X3

    The BMW X3 looks great inside and out, with stylish sheet metal and a high-quality cabin. It offers generous passenger and cargo room, and those in back will appreciate its accommodating rear seat, which ranks among the most comfortable in the segment. Best of all, the X3 is a blast to drive, ensuring fun times behind the wheel. Safety features include optional top-view parking cameras and a lane-departure warning system.

  2. Ford Flex

    2. Ford Flex

    Ford's Flex has an angular allure that easily makes it the most striking seven-passenger crossover/wagon on the market. Its tall greenhouse allows for excellent visibility. Ford makes a full complement of safety amenities available, including optional second-row inflatable seatbelts and Ford's MyKey, a standard feature that can be used to set certain safety parameters when a teen is behind the wheel.

  3. Ford Fusion Hybrid

    3. Ford Fusion Hybrid

    With its sleek lines and elegant front fascia, the Ford Fusion Hybrid exudes high-end glamour. Squint and it could pass for an Aston-Martin. Its hybrid powertrain delivers exceptional fuel economy and there's ample legroom in back. Ford's MyKey is standard, while blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts and driver drowsiness detection are optional.

  4. Kia Soul

    4. Kia Soul

    Kia's spunky Soul brims with an aesthetic that's cheerful, sporty and fun. Its boxy design allows for plentiful head- and legroom within its handsome cabin. Cargo capacity is generous and the list of available safety features includes a rearview camera.

  5. Land Rover Range Rover Sport

    5. Land Rover Range Rover Sport

    Thanks to a 2014 redesign, the Range Rover Sport is now a real contender. The midsize luxury SUV is gorgeous to behold, with polished angles and a jaunty, fastback profile. Handling is superb and its cabin is impeccably crafted. Parking sensors and a rearview camera are standard and optional safety features include a surround-view camera and blind-spot monitoring.

  6. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

    6. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

    Mercedes-Benz vehicles are known for offering understated opulence and the E-Class wagon is no exception. Long, low and lean, the car cuts a stunning figure on the road. Its roomy cabin is just as spectacular and is perhaps best known for its unique rear-facing third-row seat. The extensive safety features list includes a driver drowsiness monitor and adaptive cruise control.

  7. Porsche Cayenne

    7. Porsche Cayenne

    Thanks to the fun and functional Cayenne, you don't have to hang up your Porsche keys just because you've become a parent. With seating for five, this midsize luxury SUV offers all the style and performance you expect from the Porsche brand, with handling that makes it arguably the best SUV on the market when it comes to driver engagement. Available safety features include a rearview camera and a blind-spot warning system.

  8. Tesla Model S

    8. Tesla Model S

    Cutting-edge technology has a way of turning heads and the Model S commands attention as one of the small (but growing) cadre of electric cars on the market. Unlike other plug-in models, this Tesla has the sort of range that makes it a practical choice, with batteries that offer up to 265 miles of gas-free cruising. And thanks to sheet metal that's the last word in polished refinement, there's a very pretty face on all that new tech. A rearview camera is standard.

  9. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Diesel

    9. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Diesel

    It's hard to argue with the effortless sophistication of the European wagon and Volkswagen's Jetta SportWagen epitomizes this brand of low-key allure. The SportWagen catches the eye without ever seeming like it's trying too hard to impress. Its upscale ride and cabin compare with those of more expensive luxury models, making this car a real bargain. Diesel models boast stellar fuel efficiency and come with a standard rearview camera.

  10. Volvo XC60

    10. Volvo XC60

    Volvos are perhaps best known for their safety features but the XC60 proves this brand also excels in crafting vehicles that are rich with cool Scandinavian panache. With seating for five, this small luxury crossover offers a comfortable ride and lots of room in the cabin. And of course, there's a mile-long list of safety amenities, including an optional pedestrian detection feature that applies the brakes to help drivers avoid collisions with pedestrians and cyclists.

Comments

  • vroom2 vroom2 Posts:

    Nice advertorial Edmunds.

  • marcos9 marcos9 Posts:

    The coolest vehicle for a family is the E63 AMG wagon. The end.

  • candurandu candurandu Posts:

    Yikes- You better make more than $100k for the majority of these vehicles. That leaves 70% of America out. Even the Flex nears $40k. At least the Fusion, Soul and Jetta offer some relief.

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    i would replace the kia soul with the honda fit or mazda5 and i'm uncertain how i feel about the jetta sportwagen diesel when it first came out i was crazy about it but i realized that paying ~2 grand more was exciting only because it got rid of the boat anchor 5 cylinder with the new "golf wagen" coming next year with the new 1.8 turbo base engine and it's improved efficiency i would be more hesitant to drop that much into the initial purchase price for an even further delayed payoff. from the luxury perspective i guess i would have to take a closer look i'll take your word for it. the ford flex should probably not be on the list at all or at least not the number 2 spot.

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    in keeping with the (mostly) expensive cars on the list, they forgot cts-v wagon

  • racerxl racerxl Posts:

    Flex is cool it looks like a tissue box, wow really cool....

  • juddholl10 juddholl10 Posts:

    @evodad Maybe the CTS just isn't cool enough. None of the other moms care if you drive up in a Cadillac.

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