Upscale moms, practical moms, new moms, yes, soccer moms: props for all you do for your family. Here are seven 2014 SUVs – crossovers, to be precise — that should make it easier to handle all that loading and unloading and driving and coping. Convenience, safety, cargo space, and fuel economy are their own rewards. But what’s wrong with a little style and some me-time in the form of, say heated seats?
Least expensive first, here are our 7 best SUVs for moms. (Base prices include the manufacturer’s destination fee; these average about $900.)
Honda CR-V – A Starter SUV with Veteran Attributes
Base-price range: $23,775 – $24,965
Fuel-economy rating (EPA city/highway combined): 25 mpg – 26 mpg
Safety rating (federal five-star scale): 5 stars overall
Terrific reliability, easy entry-exit, excellent maneuverability, and good fuel economy are among this five-seater’s virtues. The CR-V plays the role of your loyal companion. Easy drive and easy to see out of, it’s modestly sized but has surprising room inside, including one of largest cargo holds in the compact-crossover class. The ride is controlled if not cushy, and steering precision and handling prowess are better than the sleepy styling might imply. A choice of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive keep you moving, and the only engine, a 185-horsepower four-cylinder, is well-suited for everyday duty. Regular cross-country jaunts may have you pining for a bit more mass and a little less noise. But for a huge percentage of mom duty, the CR-V is an unbeatable value.