The Best Anti-Minivans for Mom

The Best Anti-Minivans for Mom

Autobytel Reveals Its Top Vehicle Picks for Mothers ...and Minivans Aren't on
the List

IRVINE, Calif., May 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The editors at Autobytel Inc.
(Nasdaq:ABTL), pioneer of the automotive Internet and the company dedicated to
connecting automotive consumers with dealers, recently selected their top car
picks for Moms. With few minivan choices on the market today, and even fewer
features and pricing options, the company's experts selected vehicles they say
offer plenty of amenities, safety, and function – vehicles that aren't of the
minivan variety.

"There are really only five available minivans on the market today now that
Chrysler/Dodge is pulling out of the game," said Autobytel Editor-in-Chief,
Michelle Naranjo."We wanted to give Moms options, including less mainstream
cars they may not have considered, but ones that might be perfect for the
whole family."

Following are highlights.*All prices denoted are base MSRP.

Kia Soul, $15,495

The Kia Soul is well ahead of its "boxy" competitors – the Nissan Cube and the
Scion xB – in both sales and popularity. Although it's marketed to young
hipsters, a budget-conscious Mom with no more than two kids and their gear may
find it ample inside, and easy to park outside. Families will find softer
surfaces in the interior, more refined electronics, and nicely placed speakers
on either end of the well-designed dash.

Subaru Forester, $23,045

Subaru completely rebuilt the 2014 model year Forester, and with this rebuild
came improved fuel economy of 24/32 mpg city/highway, structural and chassis
enhancements, and advanced safety features. Subaru engineered the interior to
be family-friendly too. The rear seats are easy to access by busy Moms thanks
to an expanded rear door opening and LATCH child seat anchors placed solidly
in front. Back seat cup holders come down from the center at a medium-level
height for kids to have that all-important access to their sippy cups.

Ford Flex, $29,015

The 2014 Ford Flex makes thinking outside the box possible…by thinking of a
bigger box. The design of the Ford Flex is truly the anti-minivan, but it
provides some of the desirable space and accessibility that tall SUVs just
can't match. It's low to the ground and drives effortlessly, making it easy to
maneuver in parking lots.Families will love the available built-in
refrigerator that sits between two captain's chairs in the second row. You
also get the SYNC communications system, complete with voice activation for
music and phone calls, and it can even read text messages aloud as they come
in.

Hyundai Santa Fe, $29,900

When you need room for seven humans and don't want to shop used, the Hyundai
Santa Fe is an excellent value for the money and you're guaranteed 10 years of
maintenance on the transmission (powertrain) to further seal the deal. If you
look closely at the pricing against other midsize crossovers, you'll find that
the Santa Fe competes by providing more standard features, including third row
seating, heated front seats and a rearview camera.The Santa Fe has plenty of
power to schlep the kids, their friends, and all their gear around town (Dad
too).

Acura TSX Sport Wagon, $31,985

When Mom isn't willing to give up on pure driving enjoyment, perhaps the cure
is a semi-reasonably priced great looking wagon – the 2014 Acura Sport Wagon.
Why a wagon? Wagons combine the cargo space of an SUV with the driving
enjoyment and fuel economy of a sedan and they have a certain contrarian vibe
that many automotive savvy fans love. It's surprisingly quick, thus the sporty
moniker, with cargo for plenty. With its low and flat load floor, getting the
family dog to jump into the back is effortless. And a clever shallow bin can
be found under the floor to hide the picnic lunch from Fido.

To learn more about the rest of the vehicles on the list, including the Volvo
XC70 Wagon; the Acura MDX; the Land Rover Range Rover; and the Cadillac
Escalade ESV, visit
http://www.autobytel.com/crossovers/car-buying-guides/best-anti-minivans-for-moms-124050/.

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