AAA recently named the 2013 Mazda5 to its list of Top Cars for Growing Families.
According to AAA, the vehicle received the coveted title for its functionality, design and performance, as all the vehicles on the list offer families more room, safety, easy handling and dependability.
"As families grow so do their expectations, and the Mazda5 was created with versatility in mind," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. "Whether you need seats for six or cargo room for the latest big-box store shopping trip, the Mazda5 can meet your needs. Its compact frame allows for driving dynamics like no other yet its smart design, inside and out, allows for many creature comforts and conveniences for all passengers."
Best vehicles for back-to-school
The Mazda5 isn't the only ideal vehicle for families, as Kelley Blue Book released its list of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2013.
KBB based its list on vehicle that get great gas mileage, safety, versatility and value. All the vehicles are priced below $20,000.
"Parents and students alike will be surprised at the variety of amenity-laden, affordable new cars available on our 10 Best Back-to-School Cars list for 2013," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. "We chose the all-new Nissan Versa Note as our No. 1 Back-to-School Car this year because it not only checks the requisite boxes of low price and high fuel economy, but the Note also stresses good looks as a key portion of its value story. It's an attractive five-door hatchback, featuring plenty of new-tech offerings inside."
Following the Versa was the 2014 Ford Focus, Chevrolet Sonic, Mazda3, Honda Civic, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Prius c, Subaru Impreza and Fiat 500L.
Vehicle accessories for families
Anyone who owns a vehicle and has children knows that a car's interior can get beat up from all that daily wear and tear. Whether it's hitting the road for a family vacation or just day-to-day use, the constant traffic in and out of a vehicle can take a toll on a carpet. Therefore, car owners should look into a little added protection.