Unhaggle | The 5 Best and Worst Cars For Families With Newborns

Posted by | February 20, 2014 | Ownership | No Comments


Buying a new car for your family can be a big and daunting task, but it need not leave you restless while contemplating your choices. While some cars are simply not designed for families, there is a wide variety of safe choices out there for travelling with your newborn. So, when searching for the best car deal, look at the following aspects:

Safety Ratings


A no-brainer, always ensure that you look into the safety ratings of the new car you are planning to purchase. Cars are put through a series of rigorous tests before determining a rating, designed to simulate real-world scenarios as accurately as possible. Crash test scores are especially important, as you don’t want to end up with a cheap car that can’t hold its weight in the event of a crash.

Interior Design

When it comes to interior design, pay careful attention to how accessible safety features are. Can you reach most of the buttons easily? Is there a sufficient number of airbags? Aim for at least six airbags to cover most areas of the car.

Cargo Room

cargo room

An important item to consider when buying a car is available cargo room. While too much space is not necessarily always a good thing, you definitely don’t want to end up with insufficient cargo room. This might result in you having to use seats and other areas of the car to store items, which might not be as secure.

Overall Value

When buying a car, it is easy to get lost in a sea of features that you may never end up using. Always remember to focus on the overall value as well, making sure you are buying a car that fulfills all your needs best.

5 Best Cars:

Chevrolet Equinox

2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

The Chevrolet Equinox crossover SUV comfortably seats five people, has more than enough cargo space and offers excellent fuel efficiency. Considering its crash-test ratings and feature set, the Equinox is one of the safest cars in its class.

Dodge Grand Caravan

2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Blacktop

It has the best seating system and infotainment features of any minivan, along with excellent gas mileage. Dodge Grand Caravan also earns top scores from both reporting crash-test agencies, making it a great pick for the safety-conscious.

Honda CR-V


Coming with a spacious, comfortable interior, solid performance and a plethora of tech tech features, the Honda CR-V is a solid contender when it comes to car deals. With its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class, you can’t go wrong with this new car.

Subaru Forester


The Subaru Forester builds on a long reputation for being one of the best-rated compact crossover wagons for safety. With a stronger, stiffer body structure, plus active-safety features like EyeSight and expanded off-road safety with X Mode — plus the best crash-test ratings in its class.

Toyota Prius


The 2013 Toyota Prius is a spacious, practical mid-size hatchback that will hold five people and their gear, while remaining the highest-mileage car sold without a plug. The 2013 Toyota Prius continues to score well on safety measures, with optional features that add to its credibility.The 2013 Toyota Prius–like most Toyotas–comes with a strong body structure and a full set of safety features.

5 Worst Cars:



Ideal if you are in the market for a sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette is a coupe that one would not want to drive newborns in. With a 455 horsepower engine on the latest production model, this car is meant for the tracks, not babies.

Honda Fit


A compact choice of cars, the Honda Fit does not test great when it comes to safety ratings, especially in the small-overlap test. Not ideal for potential accidents, this might be a car to stay away from with newborns on board as well.

Fiat 500

2014 Fiat 500L Trekking

Like the Honda Fit, the Fiat 500 is an ergonomically small car as well, not leaving much room for family. According to the IIHS, the structure of the vehicle seriously compromises the passenger compartment.

Chevrolet Spark


The Chevrolet Spark is a small, lightweight vehicle with an inherent safety disadvantage when compared to larger SUVs such as the Honda CR-V.



One of the most iconic sports cars of our time, the Lamborghini is no place for a newborn baby, reaching top speeds of over 340 km/h.

Searching for the best car deal with your family and newborn in mind is daunting, but it need not be an impossible task. With plenty of research and smart choices, you can drive off the lot with the new car of your choice, without compromising on safety.

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