Having kids doesn't mean parents have to drive minivans

March 8, 2012 12:00 AM

Most parents will agree that life changes drastically when you have your first child, and this often includes getting a more appropriate car for a family. While it can be hard to say farewell to your old muscle car, you don't necessarily have to bite the bullet and purchase a minivan.

Forbes recently compiled a list of its choices for cars for new families, and only one minivan, the Dodge Grand Caravan, made the grade. The other vehicles on the list, such as the Kia Soul and the Scion xB, have a bit more of a modern style that might attract younger parents. Every model Forbes chose was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institutes for Highway Safety, so parents know their kids will be safe on the road.

Regardless of which car they choose, parents should be sure to get regular auto maintenance and oil changes and address any necessary car repairs to ensure their cars are running well. This not only extends the life of the vehicle, but it reduces the risk of crashes and breakdowns.

Other vehicles recommended by Forbes include the Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Jetta, Nissan Cube and Honda Fit.

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