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Inevitably, parents marvel at how much the arrival of their first child alters their lifestyle. This is true on the road as well. Dreams of that two-seat roadster give way to thoughts of child safety, rear seat access and cargo space.

Conscientious parents want to know that their chosen vehicle is extremely safe and that it’s easy to access the car seat under all circumstances.  Our list runs the gamut from fuel-efficient green cars to spacious SUVs and ultra-luxury sedans.

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Best compact SUV: Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 makes it possible to enjoy a crossover’s benefits in an efficient design. Although it is classified as a compact SUV, the latest Q3 is larger than earlier versions, and 3.7 inches longer than its predecessor. Along with standard AWD, you’ll enjoy the advanced safety tech you’d expect in a luxury SUV.

Parents toting loads of kid gear will appreciate the 19 cu-ft of cargo space. For optimal peace-of-mind, choose the optional bird’s-eye view camera.

Best mid-size sedan: VW Passat

If you’d like a nimble car with good interior space and impressive German engineering, consider the VW Passat. It is a FWD sedan powered by a turbo-4 that delivers up to 36 mpg on the highway.

The Passat offers child-friendly features like a quiet cabin and a very roomy trunk (15.9 cu-ft). Innovative VW engineers deliver a specially designed automatic post-collision braking system. NHTSA gives the VW Passat its maximum five-star overall safety rating.

Best adventurous family car: Subaru Outback

The Outback is ideal for anyone wanting an adventurous family vehicle. The Outback combines Symmetrical All Wheel Drive with a generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance to make those trips to the mountains and the beaches safer and more pleasurable.

Parents of younger children know how easy it is to get distracted while driving. Subaru’s DriverFocus is one of the first distraction mitigation systems of its kind. Its EyeSight driver assist technology has been found to reduce rear-end collisions by up to 85 percent.

Best mid-size luxury sedan: Audi A6

The sophisticated and refined Audi A6 delivers a combination of safety and creature comforts that every parent will appreciate. Quattro Ultra AWD delivers superior grip in adverse conditions. Enjoy the added peace-of-mind that comes with a surround-view camera that gives you a bird’s eye view of everything going on around the car.

Families who want to travel throughout SoCal and beyond with some extra pep would be wise to take a close look at the updated A6. The big V-6 engine serves up a prodigious 369 lb-ft of torque along with its 335 horses. Performance is enhanced via a 48v lithium-ion battery.

Best luxury green vehicle: Lexus RX 450h

Parents who want to “go safe” while “going green” should consider the hybrid Lexus RXh, a mid-size luxury SUV. Invest in this hybrid version, and you’ll enjoy an added 13 hp and approximately seven more miles per gallon. Regenerative braking actually boosts fuel economy in city driving to an impressive 31 mpg.

Parents will feel particularly confident when transporting your little one in this 4,740-lb vehicle with a five-star overall NHTSA safety rating. If you’ve recently welcomed your first child into the family, the two-row version will grant you ease-of-access and ample cargo space. To accommodate a larger family, consider the seven-passenger option that includes a third row.

 

Best luxury sedan: Porsche Panamera

The Porsche Panamera is an ultra-luxury incarnation of the Porsche 989 concept car featuring a massive twin-turbo V-8. Combine the AWD option with a substantial 4,200-lb body and comprehensive safety features, and you’ll wrap your child in a mobile environment that provides you with true peace-of-mind.

Easily navigate urban environments and high-speed interstates in this nimble, powerful and ultra-luxurious sedan.

 

Best 3-row SUV: VW Atlas

The VW Atlas features a standard three-row configuration that will easily accommodate the evolving needs of a growing family. The 5,000-lb towing capacity leaves you free to dream of boat trips to the lake or a trek to a national park with your camper in tow.

The highly-rated Atlas delivers up to 26-mpg highway fuel economy in a stylish and spacious design. Safety technology is delivered in abundance, and the Atlas gets a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

 

Best compact SUV:2019 Subaru Forester

In its 5th iteration, today’s Forester builds upon the legacy of capability and reliability it has established since 1997. All Forester trim levels come with the same updated 4 cylinder boxer engine producing 182 hp. AWD and Eyesight Driver Assist technology as standard.

The Forester also enjoys 33/26 MPG making it a great, economical choice for young families. The 111.9 cu. ft. of passenger volume in the Forester eclipses similar sized vehicles from Ford, Honda and Toyota. The Forester received the 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick and enjoys the best residual value of any vehicle in its class.

A car this sensible and fun to drive is the one easy choice new parents can make, freeing up valuable time to start on those pre-school applications.

 

Best minivan: Toyota Sienna

The family that loves minivans should give serious consideration to the Sienna, one of five minivan options on the market. Parents quickly learn to love the convenience of sliding doors that make wrangling with a two-year-old that much more manageable. It’s also easy for mom or dad to jump in the back seat when necessary.
The spacious Sienna still delivers an EPA-rated 27 mpg on the highway, and it sports a 5-star NHTSA safety rating.

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