Raising kids is hard, and raising them alone is even harder. That means you’re going to have high standards for your perfect car. It needs to be big enough for a growing family, have the best safety features available, be reliable and easy to maintain, easy to drive and handle and of course have kid friendly upholstery and the latest family friendly features while all at a single parent price.
By M 93 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 de
1. Hyundai ix35
The Hyundai ix35 is a great choice for a family car. It’s relatively cheap to buy and offers fantastic value for price. One of the best things about it is its space. The Hyundai ix35’s boot is one of the largest in its class which makes it perfect for soccer mums and dads and those with young children who need to fit in the stroller and groceries in the back. The Hyundai ix35 is easy to control, with light steering and responsive pedals. In a 2014 JD Power customer satisfaction survey, the ix35 came 23rd out of 109 cars, and 5th out of the 15 off-roaders in the survey.
2. Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey is an award-winning minivan, so it’s no wonder it features on this list for the top cars for single parents. If you have a lot of messy kids, this is the car for you, with an in-built vacuum system. It’ll keep you and the kids happy on longer journeys with a rear-seat entertainment system and SiriusXM Radio. Of course, a family mini-van wouldn’t be complete without the best safety features and the Honda Odyssey doesn’t disappoint. It comes with a 5 star overall safety score from NHTSA and was recognised as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.
TTSK.14 CC BY-SA 4.0
3. Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento, like the Honda Odyssey is perfect for larger families or single parents who frequently chauffeur their children’s friends around too. It has 3 rows of seating so perfect for larger getaways or big school drop offs. Like the Hyundai ix35 it’s relatively cheap and great value for money being just shy of $20k. If you love this pick and have a little more money to spend, you can also opt for the optional panoramic sunroof and DVD entertainment system.
Alistair Fernandez CC BY-SA 3.0
4. Buick LaCrosse
While many parents are now opting for SUVs, minivans or wagons, the humble sedan is still an excellent choice for parents on a budget and for those with smaller families. The Buick LaCrosse is just under $35k and is a lot of fun to drive with a sporty and luxurious presence. While a humble sedan, the Buick LaCrosse is still super roomy with a spacious back seat and a large enough trunk to haul sporting equipment, strollers and groceries. It also offers premium convenience features so you won’t be left wanting.
MTSRider18 CC BY-SA 3.0
5. Volkswagen Atlas
The Volkswagen Atlas is the perfect choice for larger families with a passenger capacity of 7 and a car seat capacity of 5. It has loads of legroom for your family’s comfort even in the third row and is easy to manoeuvre, handling like a much smaller car. Installing car seats is super simple with lower anchors. For those with mummy brain, you can check if your doors are locked and see where your car is parked with the Atlas Car-Net App. The standard warranty also covers 6 years or 72,000 miles – double that of many other brands.