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What to Look for in a New Family Car

When the time comes for you to invest in a new family car, you’ll want to make sure that you’re making the right decision and that you won’t end up regretting it later. The car you ultimately choose should be the one that offers all of the features you need and that’ll be able to offer your family precisely what they’re looking for for a long time to come. So read on and find out more about what you should look for in a new family car.



 

A Good Safety Rating


First of all, you’ll want to look for a car that has a good safety rating associated with it. When you have that, you can make sure that you’re going to be protected on the road. And more importantly, you have greater confidence in the car’s ability to protect your family if you were to get involved in a collision on the road. So definitely pay attention to this.


Here are some of the most powerful features:

  • Collision avoidance. Collision avoidance systems are highly sophisticated in modern cars. Vehicles use onboard software to detect whether a crash is likely. These systems are so impressive that they can tell the difference between an oncoming car on the other side of the road, and a stopped vehicle one hundred yards ahead. Computers will activate the brakes on your behalf if the software believes a collision is imminent without its intervention.

  • Blind-spot assist. Blind-spot assist is another potent technology designed to prevent crashes when you change lanes on the motorway. Most vehicles have a blind spot, simply because of the way that mirrors work (and poorly thought-through industry regulations). Blind-spot assist, therefore, is a system that uses a camera mounted to the side of the vehicle to detect traffic on the near side. If it senses something is there; it’ll stop you from moving out. Again, the system is extremely sophisticated and can discern between situations where a collision is likely, and when it isn’t.

  • Lane warning systems. Lane warning systems are another feature you might want to consider. Veering out of your lane and into another is dangerous. Many cars come with computers that can recognize lane markings on the road ahead and warn you when you stray outside of them. Again, helpful when you have screaming kids in the back who might take your attention off the road.



 

Efficient with Fuel


Efficient travel is something that lots of families are thinking about more than ever these days, and that’s understandable when you consider environmental factors and the high cost of fuel these days. So you’ll definitely want to choose a car that’s proven to be economical and efficient with fuel. You might even want to choose an electric vehicle.


 

Space and Room to Grow


If you have a family that’s not done growing yet and you think you might have more kids in the future, you’ll want to make sure that the car you buy offers that room to grow. Having plenty of space in the back, both for your kids and for the items you might need to store and take with you is critical. So definitely pay attention to these space considerations.


SUVs are beloved for their extra seating, but not all are created equal when it comes to car seat capacity, meaning you’d best consider how many buckets and boosters you’ll need to strap in at a time before you get serious about shopping. These come in an increasing array of shapes and sizes, from “mini” SUVs with just four seats all the way to large, eight-passenger seats.



 

The Latest Tech and Features


You’ll probably want to make sure that you have the latest tech features at your disposal. These often make parking and driving your car easier, which is key when you have children arguing and messing around in the back seats. Head over to edmunds and look for the option that has the tech you need, and don’t forget to choose one with a good infotainment system in place.


There are some high-end features, and upgrades you might decide are must-haves for you. With kids in the car, having screens in the back and a good infotainment system often make the list. You might want to charge ports in the backseat or features that are automatic or can be used with one hand. Automatic doors and one-hand folding seats are examples.



 

Durability and Build Quality


Durability and build quality are two things that really matter a lot when it comes to buying a car. You want to make sure that the car is going to be able to withstand a lot and that it’s going to remain in good shape for years to come. That’s where build quality comes in and why it’s so important to take into account.



 

As you can see, there’s a lot to take into account when you’re deciding which family car is going to be the right one for you. The choice you make will have a significant impact on your family going forward, so don’t hesitate to make the most of the information outlined and discussed above.

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