The family car has come a long way in recent years, from station wagons to souped up SUV’s, the family car has been equipped to make for a perfect road trip. If you’re in the market for an upgraded family vehicle, take a look at these tips on what to look for.
Maneuverable Second- and Third- Row Seating
When dealing with kids and child-safety seats, your car needs to accommodate it. In a two-row SUV, a sliding backseat, like the Jeep Cherokee has, allows you to move the seat forward when more cargo room is needed. You can also so it in the mos rearward position to create more space for rear-facing infant seats or those growing teenagers. In three-row seating SUVs, such as the Mitsubishi Outlander, a sliding second row is essential for the second-row passengers. This allows them to slide their seat forward to create more legroom for grateful third-row occupants.
Low Step-in Height and Easy Third-Row Access
One of the most desired features in an SUV is the higher seating position that gives drivers a more commanding view of the road. Although the higher seat position is desired by the driver of the vehicle, the height can make it challenging for younger kids to climb inside. Look for a low step-in height, which refers to the distance between the ground and the bottom of the door opening.
Low Cargo Floor
In addition to a low step-in height, parents should also look for a low load floor in the cargo area. The Kia Sorento has a low load height that makes it easy to lift kids equipment, like strollers and sports gear.
Since children will be in a car seat for a few years, it’s worth making sure your SUV will work well with them. Look for easy-to-find lower Latch anchors. While all cars with a backseat are federally mandated to have two sets of lower Latch anchors in the backseat, some automakers go above that and offer three or more sets.