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Best Cars for Soccer Moms

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If you need room for kids, cleats and soccer balls, you’ve got options, and not all of them are minivans. We researched mid-size to full-size vehicles, from SUV crossovers to passenger vans that might suit the needs of mothers everywhere searching for the best cars for soccer moms. Our picks take safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) into consideration as well as ratings by Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts and consumers on Edmunds.

Minivans

If you want to go all-out, soccer-mom style, you need a minivan. They usually seat seven — sometimes eight — and still have cargo room left over so you could put the smellier athletic equipment in the back. Here are two of the best soccer-mom minivans and a third option that is a not-so-mini van.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

$39,995 MSRP
4.5 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.9 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (11 reviews)
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
82 MPGe; 30 combined city/highway MPG

If traveling to soccer games and meets means you plan to put a lot of miles on your vehicle, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid gets an impressive fuel economy of 82 MPGe, which is almost triple the 22 MPG of the non-hybrid Pacifica. And hybrids require no special maintenance over their gas-only counterparts. You could read more on the best hybrid vehicles.

The standard Pacifica model seats seven, has blind spot monitoring and “Stow ‘n Go” seats that fold flat into the floor (and the under-the-floor compartments can be storage for other things when the seats aren’t folded). Upper trim levels offer seating for eight and nicer features, including more active safety technology.

2019 Honda Odyssey

$30,190 MSRP
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
4.6 out of 5 by KBB experts; 3.8 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (57 reviews)
19 city/28 highway/22 combined MPG

Family-friendly with strong reliability and great resale value, the Honda Odyssey is a best-selling minivan. Even the base trim comes with a V6 engine, so the driving experience doesn’t feel slow or sluggish. Higher trims pack on the features, including Honda Sensing (advanced driver aids technology), Magic Seats (forward/backward and side-to-side sliding seats) a rear entertainment system with a “How Much Farther” app for kids of all ages and a built-in vacuum.

2019 Nissan NV Passenger

$35,760 MSRP
2 out of 5 stars on an NHTSA rollover test
4.9 out of 5 by consumers on KBB
23 city/26 highway/24 combined MPG

The Nissan NV is on the edge between passenger van and minivan. It can seat an entire soccer team and a driver with 12 seats in four rows. But it prioritizes comfort as the back rows have up to three inches more legroom than some other passenger vans, which can usually seat up to 15 people. Each seat in the back three rows can be separately moved or removed to configure cargo versus passenger space.

The biggest downside is that vehicles that carry 12 or more people are generally considered unsafe compared with regular passenger vehicles. Neither NHTSA or IIHS fully rate these vehicles, but in a rollover test by the NHTSA, the NV got only two out of five stars. It also lacks ratings by KBB experts and consumers on Edmunds though KBB consumers give it 4.9 out of 5 stars. If you need to seat only nine people, check out the Chevrolet Tahoe in the full-size SUV section.

Mid-size SUVs

If you are a soccer mom but don’t want to drive anything resembling a minivan, here are a couple of mid-size SUVs that may fit the bill. You may find even more choices among these best seven-seater SUVs.

2019 Honda Pilot

$31,450 MSRP
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
4.7 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.2 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (75 reviews)
20 city/27 highway /23 combined MPG

The Honda Pilot comes standard with Honda Sensing, the automaker’s suite of safety technology, three rows of seats and 16 cup holders, which means each passenger can have at least two drinks. Depending on your choice of trim, the Pilot can seat seven to eight passengers. It’s roomier than many of its mid-size competitors, but the Toyota Highlander may beat it in resale value.

2019 Toyota Highlander

MSRP $31,680
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; 3.9 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (38 reviews)
20 city/24 highway/22 combined MPG

The Toyota Safety Sense P Suite comes standard on the Highlander and Toyota of course, has a reputation for making super-reliable vehicles. The Highlander comes standard with a 4-cylinder engine — a V6 engine and a hybrid powertrain are available. The downsides are that it doesn’t have the best handling, acceleration or third-row legroom.

Full-size SUVs

These SUVs are so big, owners often refer to them as trucks. And they are built on a pickup truck chassis, which has the added benefit of increasing the vehicle’s towing capacity. But don’t worry, the rear of the vehicle is still enclosed, so your soccer kids won’t be out in the rain.

2019 Ford Expedition

$52,130 MSRP
5 stars NHTSA; N/A IIHS
4.7 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.3 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (8 reviews)
17 city/24 highway/20 combined MPG

With great legroom in all three rows plus cargo space in the back, the Ford Expedition can carry up to eight people. It’s also one of the best cars for snow. And just because it can handle rough weather doesn’t mean it sacrifices amenities. With higher trim levels come features such as panoramic sunroof and active noise cancellation.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

$46,800 MSRP
4 stars NHTSA; N/A IIHS
4.5 out of 5 by KBB experts; 3.5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (2 reviews)
15 city/22 highway/18 combined MPG

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a little smaller than the Ford Expedition, but it can carry one more person, with seating up to nine on the base trim. Three people can be in in each row, including the front row. It has all the latest technology and even the base trim has a powertrain with a V8 engine.

How to finance the best cars for soccer moms

Just as you shop around for a car, you should shop around for a car loan. It does not hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it would if you applied to one lender, as long as you do so within a 14-day window. If you have an idea of the car you want to get, you could look at the best auto loan rates in 2019.

MSRP’s in this article are accurate as of the date of publishing.

 

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