Best 'Mom-Mobiles' for Parents Who Hate Minivans
BOSTON (TheStreet) -- If you're the type of parent who prefers tattoos to tea parties or boogie boards to bake sales, here's a look at five great cars you can buy if you consider minivans too square for your lifestyle.
"Minivans are great for families, but they're not exactly the sexiest vehicles in the market -- and that's a real turnoff for many parents," says Warren Clarke of auto-information site Edmunds.com, which recently named the Top 10 Vehicles for Moms Who Hate Minivans.
Many moms (and dads) have long favored minivans because the vehicles offer plenty of family-friendly features, from sliding power doors to generous cabin space for kids and toys.
But other parents see minivans as simply too "uncool" to drive, so Clarke and other Edmunds' editors came up a list of good alternatives.
"If the minivan image and everything that goes with it is repellent to you, there are some excellent crossovers or even large sedans that can do the same job," Clarke says.
Click below to check out the five least-expensive 2013s on Edmunds' rundown, listed in order of manufacturer's suggested retail prices for base models with automatic transmissions.
Clarke says all of the recommended vehicles boast roomy cabins, good crash-test results and plenty of family-friendly amenities. "These are non-minivans that have a lot of the same advantages that minivans offer," he says.