Corolla, Camry Hybrid and RAV4 Touted Among Most Mom-Friendly Cars

From Toyota eshowroom.

As a single mother of four, the value and the safety of a vehicle are among the most important reasons I would purchase a vehicle. I am sure we, as parents are all in the same frame of mind there! Next would be fuel economy, with the prices of gas, I want a vehicle that will get the kids and I around without costing me a fortune. This is why I choose Toyota. Now and forever. They get it. Here are a few proofs:

Every car company wants to grab its share of the all-important Mom demographic, and Toyota is certainly no exception. But what’s the best way to do it? A new report from Yahoo Autos might provide you with some new perspective.

Before we look at the overall picture of what makes a great family-friendly car, you’ll be happy (although not surprised) to know that Toyota had a car at or near the top of the heap in each category. Corolla finished second among the small cars, Camry Hybrid tied for first among family cars, and RAV4 topped the SUV category.

The survey looked at vehicles that earned an IIHS safety rating of Good or better in the moderate-overlap frontal crash test, side impact, rollover, and rear tests. Then to factor in value, the study calculated cost of ownership based on the usual suspects: depreciation, fuel, interest on financing, insurance, sales tax, and average maintenance and repair costs.

For the family angle, the study highlighted factors like car-seat compatibility, visibility for smaller passengers, space for gear, and even which cars would be best when handed down to younger drivers. The study evaluated these factors for small kids, school-age kids and teens.

All told, Toyota performed as well as we’d all expect. Corolla’s cost over five years came out to $5,550, and Camry Hybrid’s came in at $6,500 with both cars getting a thumbs-up for all three age groups. RAV4’s five-year cost came in at $7,000, and it got the thumbs up for school-age kids as well as teens.

All in all, it’s a fresh new look at what makes for a great family-friendly car, but with the same great results for Toyota’s cars.

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~ by caseystone on June 10, 2013.

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