Family cars are built for transporting kids and gear to school, soccer games, pizza parties and music classes – family-friendly car features are crucial in creating an enjoyable driving experience for all members of the family.
Family cars must be strong and resilient enough to withstand gunk, crumbs and all manner of baby “expulsions”, so ANCAP safety ratings should be considered when searching.
Cars have never been safer thanks to manufacturers’ research and development efforts and laws mandating certain features; but which features should you prioritize when searching for your new family-friendly vehicle? Ehline Law details which ones to prioritize for maximum protection.
Airbags should always be present, but don’t overlook other safety features like crumple zones and antilock brakes that can reduce force during an accident and lower risk for injuries. By adding these features, your car will reduce impact forces while decreasing injury risks.
Given that distracted driving is one of the primary causes of car accidents, it’s essential that your vehicle includes crash avoidance technology such as forward collision warning, autobrake, lane departure warnings, blind spot detection systems and park assist systems.
Rear-view cameras and park assist systems make parking in congested lots or backing over bikes left in your driveway much less terrifying experiences, using sensors to detect vehicles or objects in your path while going backward, helping prevent you from “crunching” into anything unexpectedly.
Stow and Go Seating
Stow and go seating is an innovative feature many drivers find beneficial when transporting bulky items. Chrysler minivans equipped with this feature, such as the Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, enable users to fold down both second-row seats into the floor quickly to open up 140.5 cubic feet of cargo space at the touch of a button.
Seats can easily be folded away for transporting cargo such as science fair projects, camping gear and groceries without disrupting cargo capacity. This makes the experience smooth and simple!
The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica offers Stow and Go seating as an option in its Touring, Touring L, Limited, and Pinnacle trims. Watch this video to witness its unfolding before reaching out to our team to arrange a test drive – we look forward to helping you select your perfect new car!
Safety should always come first when considering vehicles for families, but seating and cargo space can also play an integral part. When looking at models with plenty of rear seat and trunk space for strollers, luggage, sports equipment, groceries etc – innovative storage nooks/bins make keeping all this kid gear organized easier!
When traveling with children or shopping bags, having features like a power liftgate and keyless entry can come in very handy. They allow you to open and lock the car easily using just a swipe of a fob key fob, without ever needing your keys or reaching for them. Other family-friendly features may include head-up displays that project information like navigation routes or audio selections directly onto the windshield before driving; multizone climate systems which let both driver and passengers set their own temperatures preferences; cabin camera systems may also come in handy during long journeys when monitoring little ones in backseats during long drives!
One of the primary complaints new car buyers have about their infotainment systems is that it can be difficult to use. This may be because touchscreen displays may be too small or poorly placed to be easily navigated while driving; and physical interfaces such as dials or buttons may require precise movements that distract drivers from driving safely.
Automakers now provide infotainment systems that are simpler for drivers to operate, using software to consolidate all of the features you may want to control into an intuitive interface that more closely mimics what people are used to seeing on their phones and computers.
Lucid Electric vehicles use a 34-inch touchscreen known as the Glass Cockpit to display vehicle controls, driving details and navigation. Ford’s MyLink system also utilizes one large single screen which integrates multiple functions; it additionally features traditional elements like dials and buttons for those who prefer traditionalist methods of operation.