Ten Roomy Cars Moms Will Love for Mother’s Day
Mother's Day is right around the corner, and we’ve gathered up information on ten vehicles Moms would love because they offer plenty of room for families and family stuff. Regardless of whether Mom wants an SUV or a minivan, these ten practical, spacious, and luxurious selections are ideal for a family's needs thanks to flexible seating and cargo options that can accommodate big families, or families with big people.
We’re also including fuel economy figures to help you compare the cost of driving these vehicles. Even though large family vehicles aren't known for being extremely fuel efficient, there are several on this list that promise highway fuel economy above 25 miles per gallon: the 2014 Ford Explorer midsize SUV leads the pack with 28 highway mpg, while the 2014 Dodge Journey runs a close second with 26 miles per gallon highway.
Is Mom in the mood for something luxurious? The Volvo XC90 or the Cadillac Escalade offer her premium comfort and performance.
With its muscular shape and fine craftsmanship, the luxurious 2014 Volvo XC90 boasts comfortable 40/20/40 split seating that provides a variety of options to accommodate up to seven carpoolers or as much as 93.2 cubic feet of cargo for any Costco run Mom might take. Fuel economy is rated at 16 mpg city, 25 highway, and 20 combined. MSRP of Volvo's FWD wagony crossover is $40,625.
The distinctive and stylish 2014 Cadillac Escalade seats eight, carries a maximum of 108.9 cubic feet of cargo, while underhood is a powerful 403-horsepower/6.2-liter engine that moves the Escalade from 0–60 in 6.8 seconds, though fuel economy is rated at 14 mpg city, 18 highway, and 15.9 combined. Cadillac’s uber-roomy rear-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle carries an MSRP of $64,740.
Need something more purpose-built for families? Consider such functional minivans as the Chrysler Town & Country or the Toyota Sienna LE
The upscale 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan offers a variety of flexible cargo and seating systems for your family and their stuff, as well room for seven and more than 43 cubic feet of cargo, or a maximum of 143.8 cu-ft of cargo behind the front row. Fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg city, 25 highway, and 20.6 combined. MSRP: $42,990.
Along with its flexible family- and cargo-carrying potential, the 2014 Toyota Sienna also features a complimentary maintenance plan with roadside assistance. The 2014 Toyota Sienna offers maximum cargo capacity of 150 cubic feet along with fuel economy rated at 18 mpg city, 25 highway, and 21.3 combined. Toyota's eight-passenger FWD "Swagger Wagon" is priced around $31,350 in LE trim.
Need extra room for a bigger brood and more stuff? Then go all-out with the GMC Yukon XL or Chevrolet Tahoe full-size sport/utility vehicles!
The 2014 GMC Yukon Denali top-of-the-line utility vehicle is powered by a 420-horsepower V-8 engine and boasting all the bells and whistles, the luxury minded Yukon Denali represents the best of GMC performance, technology, and style. This three-row, nine-passenger all-wheel-drive SUV offers a maximum cargo capacity of 137.4 cubic feet, and fuel economy is rated at 13 mpg city, 18 highway, and 15.3 combined. MSRP is $65,065.
The 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe can hold a maximum of up to 108.9 cubic feet with the third row removed and the second row folded forward, 60.3 cubic feet with the third row removed, and 16.9 cubic feet of stuff behind nine passengers. The two-wheel-drive Tahoe in LS trim also carries an MSRP of $44,595. Fuel economy is rated at 15 mpg city, 21 highway, and 17.8 combined.
Midsize utility vehicles offer affordable flexibility for people and cargo, so why not take a look at the 2014 Dodge Journey, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, or Hyundai Santa Fe?
The super affordable 2014 Dodge Journey sport/utility vehicle seats five (or seven with an optional third-row seat) and boasts plenty of flexible room for people and their stuff. The midsize Dodge Journey boasts 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row. Five-seat models have 39.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row, while seven-seat models have 37 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 10.7 cubic feet behind the third row. Fuel economy is rated at 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 22.3 combined. MSRP is $24,290 with front-wheel drive in SXT trim.
The midsize 2014 Ford Explorer sport/utility vehicle boasts class-leading fuel efficiency of 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway/23.7 combined from Ford's 240-horsepower/2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. (The standard 290-horsepower/3.5-liter V-6 engine offers 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway in front-wheel drive, or 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.) Mom will appreciate a maximum of 80.7 cubic feet of cargo behind the first row, 43.8 cu.-ft. behind the second row, and 21 cu.-ft. behind the third row with seven passengers. The two-wheel-drive 2014 Ford Explorer in base trim carries a $30,910 MSRP.
Now in its fourth generation, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder sport/utility vehicle mates comfortable seating for seven and nearly 80 cubic feet of cargo with a 260-horsepower/3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine mated to Nissan’s next-generation Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) to 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21.9 mpg combined for the four-wheel-drive model. Add a 5000-pound tow capacity, Nissan’s exclusive Around-View monitor, a sliding second row that offers easy access to the wayback, and an easy-fill tire system that that provides both visual and audible signals to help Mom conveniently maintain correct tire pressures without the use of a gauge, and the midsize Nissan Pathfinder easily qualifies as the perfect family vehicle. Nissan's 4WD Pathfinder in SL trim carries a $37,310 MSRP.
The three-row 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe seats up to seven and offers a maximum of 80 cubic feet of storage, 41 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row, and 13.4 cubic feet of cargo with all three rows in use, and offers a tow rating of up to 5,000 pounds, making it perfect for towing small boats for family weekend getaways. Fuel economy for the six- or seven-passenger Santa Fe is rated at 18 mpg city, 25 mpg city highway, and 21.3 mpg combined. MSRP for Hyundai's Santa Fe 2WD sport utility vehicle in Limited trim is $34,675.