Believe it or not, for a brief period in the 1980s, minivans were actually cool. But the days of Joani and Chachi are as far away as Jefferson Starship, and nothing now is sadder than a midlife crisis mom-mobile.
Fortunately, these days, playing taxi driver to a couple of kids and their friends doesn't have to be the soul-sucking suicide run it once was. On this list, we're going to do a quick once-over of minimum five-seater cars that offer some degree of fun and style for parents with lives of their own. Because of course, children are the future - teach them well, and let them lead the way. But never forget who pays the bills and holds the steering wheel.Vote up the best cool cars for soccer moms below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
Everything about the SQ5 is surprising, especially because it's very reasonably priced (for an Audi) at $53,000. At 5.1 seconds to 60 mph, this deceptively quick, 354-horsepower sleeper is actually faster than the much more powerful Mercedes G63 AMG. It'll seat five including the center-rear seat position, and return 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Do you have a spare $140,000 lying around? Then you should probably listen to Gwyneth Paltrow, who says you should hire a nanny, like everyone else. But, just in case you want to spend your hard-earned money on a 536-horsepower SUV that can hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds - AMG has you covered.
Apart from being all-electric, getting 70-plus mpg equivalent, and offering the fastest acceleration of any sedan in history (3.1 seconds to 60 mph in P85D form), the Tesla Model S's unique architecture allows you to seat three in the back seat, and an extra two kids in the rear jump seats. That's seating for seven, 70 mpg, insane speed, and one of the sexiest bodies on the road today. If you've got the budget, it's almost impossible to go wrong with a Tesla Model S.
Make: Tesla Motors, Tesla
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#1 on The Greenest Green Cars
Tesla Model 3
Pitched as the first affordable all-electric car from Tesla Motors, the Model 3 is a more reasonable alternative to the souped up Model S. For the $35,000 price tag, this one offers seating for five and a range that tops out at roughly 215 miles per charge. The base model has a bit of zip, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds. Of greater importance to discerning parents, however, is the spacious interior, the extra storage in both the front and rear, and abundant safety features such as the "auto-pilot" mode.