If you are like most mothers with teenage or younger children, you look for a few key things when shopping for a vehicle. Safety comes first and foremost, followed by family-friendly features that will make your life easier. Reliability and fuel efficiency are high on the list of virtues important to moms, too. Look beyond the boring minivan: these 10 fun cars and crossovers all received the highest-possible rating of “Top Safety Pick+” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, meaning they aced crash testing and offer advanced collision-avoidance tech.
For 2015, Subaru's old-school Outback five-door wagon gains a new advanced EyeSight stereoscopic camera and sensor system, allowing a whole host of effective active safety tech. Moms who grew up with Vista Cruisers and Roadmasters will appreciate the versatile wagon design, and Subaru's sure-footed Symmetrical AWD system can be a life-saver on wet or icy roads... literally. An EPA-rated 24 city and 32 highway with the Boxer four-cylinder is quite good for an AWD family vehicle.