So, you’ve got twins baking in the oven. Congrats! Before those sleepless nights become reality, ensure you’re ready for the long road ahead by investing in the right vehicle. But if you’re really opposed to buying a minivan—seriously reconsider how useful a Honda Odyssey can be for new parents—a large SUV could do the trick.
When choosing the best SUV for kids, safety is the primary concern. Always has been, always will be. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to do your due diligence by reviewing SUV safety scores, features, and dependability ratings. Only the best will do.
The NHTSA ranks vehicle safety on a star scale—one star means you’re basically driving a death-mobile, while five stars mean you’re safe and sound—based on rollover resistance and front and side crash testing.
IIHS performs more rigorous crash tests than the NHTSA, which makes it a better gauge for SUV safety. Vehicle safety ratings are graded by crashworthiness, with ratings ranging from poor, marginal, acceptable, and good. Better yet, the IIHS assign Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ ratings to vehicles that achieve high scores in the following tests:
- Small overlap front
- Driver and passenger side
- Moderate overlap front
- Roof strength
- Head restraints and seats
- Front crash prevention
- Child seat LATCH anchors
- Other safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring and collision mitigation
As you prepare for your twins, find the safety new SUVs on the market on IIHS’s TSP list, then compare the ratings with those from NHTSA. If you need a safe SUV in Phoenix, our Honda dealerships in Arizona can help. We have great sales on the Honda CR-V and Honda Pilot, both of which earned IIHS TSP awards for 2018.
You don’t really appreciate cabin space until you need it—and need it you shall once your babies arrive! A cargo area devoid of room is a parent’s worst nightmare, and that is doubly true when you have twins. Can you imagine how to transport your diapers, formula, baby wipes, and stroller around in a dinky trunk?
SUVs solve a lot of those problems outright, but not every SUV offers the same convenience. When assessing the functionality of an SUV’s cargo area, plan to bring along your stroller and bags on your test drive. That way you can visualize how much space is available.
Also, check on any other convenient features that may be available, such as a hands-free tailgate or 60-40 rear seats—both of which are available in Honda SUVs like the Pilot, CR-V, and HR-V. A foldable back seat is vital (we repeat: v-i-t-a-l) when choosing an SUV as a parent. Even if you aren’t transporting the babes around, you’ll need the extra cabin space at some point in time.
As some of the best 2018 SUVs in America, the Honda HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot have incredible cargo areas:
- The CR-V offers 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space
- The HR-V offers 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space
- The Pilot offers 109 cubic feet of cargo space
The first time you drive home with the twins can be a difficult task. A clever SUV cabin makes all the difference in how much you sweat when fixing their safety seats.
Rear-facing car safety seats, as you know, must be properly installed using LATCH restraints, so it’s important to have anchors that are easily accessible and secure. Trust us—it’s no fun installing an infant seat in a poorly configured SUV. It’s also recommended to install child safety seats in the middle row rather than a third row, if the option is available.
On top of that, rear-facing child seats need more clearance than booster or forward-facing seats, so check in advance by loading a child seat into each SUV you test drive. If you have spacing issues between the safety seat and the front row, move on.
As the twins get older, you’ll also want features that make road trips a bit easier. The Honda Pilot, for instance, is available with a rear entertainment system, allowing your kids to melt into their cartoons. (Lesson #1: You can’t always be a good parent.) Tinted windows, rear USB ports, climate controls and vents, and “kicking space” should also be on your must-have list.
Newest SUV Features
The latest and greatest auto technology won’t necessarily help soothe your crying infants, but they can certainly help you make it easier to go about your day. As you search for a good SUV for twins in Phoenix, be sure to create a list of convenient features you’d like.
- Remote keyless entry – With two squirming babies in your arms, nothing is as nice as having remote entry to your SUV. At least, not in that moment.
- Automatic remote start – Before you load up the twins for an afternoon at the zoo, get the AC running in your SUV. HondaLink allows you to remote-start the vehicle while you pack the diaper bags.
- Bluetooth – You have enough distractions to deal with, so leave your phone tucked in the pocket. Use Bluetooth in-vehicle phone systems to receive texts and calls, listen to voicemails, or stream Raffi songs.
- Rear entertainment – As mentioned before, you’ll want some form of entertainment in the future to keep your twins occupied. The 9-inch screen in the Pilot is perfect.
- Movable second-row seats – If you opt for a large 7-passenger SUV, having the option to move and arrange the second row of seats is important.
- Roof rails – Not new to the automotive world, SUV roof racks and cross rails are excellent accessories to have as your family grows.
A Family-Friendly Price
With twins to pay for, squeezing out funds for a vehicle can be painful. You might expect to pay over $35,000 for a good family SUV, but at our Valley Honda Dealers, you can get the large Honda Pilot for far less than that! In fact, we have amazing summer deals on the Pilot, CR-V, and new HR-V, making it incredibly affordable to own a safe crossover. Put the savings right into their college fund.
Visit your nearby Phoenix Honda dealership to ask about our current Honda specials and lease incentives. When you’re ready to take a Honda SUV for a test drive, swing by any of our Honda dealerships near Phoenix. Enjoy!
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