Top Picks in Cars for Families in 2019

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When you have a family, you need a car that is roomy, comfortable, and safe. You want your children to have their own space to avoid those screaming fights and for the baby seat to buckle in with ease. So, what are the top picks for 2019? Here is a rundown of cars that are ideal for families in minivans and SUVs.

What Makes a Car Ideal?

You want to make sure that your vehicle is equipped with at least the standard features and that others are available should you choose. These features should include a rear camera, lane stay assist, and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), among others.

family-932245_1920Safety testing is one of the most important parts of choosing any vehicle for your family. You want to know how it fares in an accident and how safe your family will be. Make sure you check the safety ranking for each vehicle that you look at. Specifics like crash rating and overall rating are a good place to start.

Convenience and Technology almost go hand in hand nowadays. Make sure that the vehicle you choose has the features you want or the option to add them. This can include things like remote start, remote door access, smartphone connections, touchless entry, heated seating, and more.

Following is the list of top family cars as rated by Kelly Blue Book, Cars.com, and Parents.com.

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Minivans

 

Honda Odyssey

With its top rate technology for safer driving including CMBS, Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Blind Spot Information System, and multi-angle rear camera, it is no wonder it has received Kelly Blue Book’s minivan best buy award. With ample seating allowing up to eight passengers and options for a rear entertainment center, your children will be happy and give you fewer distractions.

 

Chrysler Pacifica

The Chrysler Pacifica gives you the technology you are looking for and the comfort you need. This hybrid minivan has the safety features to help keep you safe like all around camera, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and adaptive cruise control. It also provides seven-passenger seating with stowaway seats for all of those necessities. It also has the option of dual entertainment screens and connection to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Again, keeping your children occupied while you stay in control.

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SUVs

 

Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester has standard-on-all safety features that include EyeSight to monitor traffic. It also features optimized cruise control, lane assist technology, and automatic pre-collision braking with full braking capabilities. It has memory seating for up to five drivers and adjusts to their preferences upon entering the car. The Forester also has different entertainment packages to choose from and space for the extra cargo you may be transporting to and from the game.

 

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V gives you room and style in one package. With convenient features like automatic adjusting wipers that sense the speed of the rain and adjust accordingly to hands-free rear entry, you will be hard pressed to find something you don’t like. Some of its safety features include lane change sensors that sense if cars are close when changing lanes, reverse sensors, multi-angle rear camera, and smart entry. The CR-V also comes with CMBS, RDM, lane assist, and adaptive cruise control. With plenty of space and stow away seats, you will be ready to go where ever the road calls.

 

Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevy Traverse gives you the comfort you want and the size that you need for a big family. With seating for eight, this SUV gives you convenience with hands-free rear entry, easy-slide seating, and hidden storage. It includes sixteen different safety features like forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assisting, rear vision camera and alert, lane change assist and backup assist, among others. It also comes with connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to keep your children entertained and get you safely where you need to go.

 

Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas comes with seating for seven and stowaway seats for comfort no matter how big your family is. The Atlas also comes with hands-free rear entry, remote doors, driver memory for four drivers, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, and remote start. The safety features on the Atlas include pedestrian monitoring, overhead view camera, adaptive cruise control, LKAS, and blight spot detection, light assist, and rear traffic alert. The Volkswagen Atlas gives you space, comfort, and safety you need for your family’s road trips.

 

 

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5 Times You Need a Truck Rental

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A “truck rental” can mean many things from needing an extended cab to pick up a couch you scored on Craigslist to a massive moving truck to get into your dream home across state lines. If you’ve ever been a truck owner yourself, you know to steer clear of calls from friends when you’ve caught wind that they’re moving—when space and power on wheels are necessary, everyone wants access to a truck.

Unfortunately for many, truck ownership just isn’t feasible. They don’t offer the best gas mileage for a daily commuter, they can take up way too much space for an urban dweller, and they’re not going to fit into those compact spots for those who are regulars at the mall.

However, when you need a truck, you need one that’s up for the job.

  1. When You’re Moving

Whether you want to move your entire one-bedroom condo in a big moving truck or simply take the big pieces of furniture in a king cab, a truck is a must when moving. Renting a truck and loading it as well as driving it yourself can save you a lot of money. However, also keep these moving tips in mind:

  • Pack room by room as early as possible
  • Load an emergency bin last complete with favorite tools, checkbooks, and other daily necessities
  • Consider hiring professionals to at least load the truck, then drive it yourself
  • Make sure your property is insured while en route
  1. When You Bought Furniture

Consider this: The delivery fee for a single couch could be up to $100. If you buy more furniture, you might get charged per piece. It can easily cost 25 percent of that to rent a spacious truck for the entire day. The benefits of truck rental over delivery include:

  • No being stuck at home to make the “delivery window”
  • You don’t have to add tipping into the mix
  • You can take care of a number of other tasks that require a truck the same day
  • Your furniture shopping isn’t dictated by delivery fees
  1. When You’re Going on a Weekend Warrior Adventure

You have the jet skis, the inflated tubes or the snowmobiles—but now what? It doesn’t make sense to buy a truck if you only head into the great outdoors with all your gear a few times per year. Renting a truck for the weekend gives you all the space you need for great outdoor activities like:

  • Hunting and fishing
  • ATVing or snowmobiling
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Camping and overnight hiking

Plus, trucks can access dirt roads and rough terrain better than any commuter car. You’ll simply be in better hands behind the wheel of a truck.

  1. When You’re Headed to a Roundup

If you’ve never been to a “roundup” before—a rodeo that’s reached festival level—you’re missing out. They happen around the country and feature rodeo finals, BBQ competitions and a raucous good time. Everyone embraces their inner cowboy or cowgirl, and it’s the perfect opportunity to slip into your Wranglers, boots and a ten-gallon hat.

However, everything comes crashing down if you pull up in a Prius. Renting a truck completes the adventure, and you can finally decide which side of the fence you fall on—Ford or Chevy.

  1. When Garage Saleing or Antiquing

These are true treasure hunts and you’re never sure what you might discover—which is exactly why you need a truck. What happens if you stumble across the perfect antique secretary you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know until you saw it?

To make the most of a Saturday hitting the sales, get a truck rental just in case. It frees you up to score the deal of a lifetime.

 

Why Carpooling DOESN’T Suck If You’re Well Equipped

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Remember what a blast you had carpooling with your soccer team or best friends in school? You got to spend some fantastic time together sharing a ride, playing some car games, and bonding before it was time for school or practice for the big game. However, somewhere along the line, adults got the idea that carpooling wasn’t that great. That’s starting to change now that we’ve fully embraced the idea of ridesharing, but we still have a way to go. It’s time to re-imagine that carpool, especially if you’re considering an office carpool to avoid parking stress and the increasing cost of gas this summer.

fuel-meter-311685_1280Working with a carpool vehicle organization can help you easily connect with fellow commuters (ongoing or one-time) who are taking a similar route as you. When you go this route, not only will you get to meet new people (without feeling like you’re stuck with them for good), but you can also enjoy the convenience of having someone else pre-service the car in some cases. Every organization has different regulations, so make sure you check the details to choose a service that works for you. Carpooling doesn’t always mean you’re going to take a turn driving and/or using your own vehicle. In many cases, you’ll simply chip in for gas and get to keep your own vehicle’s wear and tear to a minimum.

Still not convinced? Here are a few perks to carpooling as an adult you’re missing out on:

  1. Avoiding the stress of driving during rush hour. Let the driver handle that. You can kick back, chat with your carpool friends, take care of business on the go, or even nap. This is your time, and there’s no need to arrive at the office with your blood pressure already spiked.
  2. Save money. The more people in a carpool, the less everyone pays. You’ll save money not only on gas but on parking fees and the upkeep of putting more miles on your own vehicle.
  3. Enjoy good karma by being kind to the environment. It’s very unlikely that every person actually needs to drive themselves—and only themselves—to work. Lighten your carbon footprint and you’ll feel better about your commute. That good feeling will snowball into perks in other aspects of your life.
  4. Up your social game. Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to make friends as adults? Carpooling gives you an entirely new opportunity to meet people you otherwise wouldn’t. In some situations, there might be different folks in every carpool so every commute is unique. You might make new friends and not “waste” any time doing so. Either way, you need to commute, so why not widen your social circle in the process?
  5. Save time. Do you spend too many minutes looking for a parking space? Carpooling can drop you off right at the entrance so you’ll save some of the most precious commodity of all.

Challenge yourself to give carpooling a chance at least once a week and see what a difference it can make.