Best Cars for Moms – Manila Bulletin

Best Cars for Moms - Manila Bulletin

Cars designed for their unique needs

To help moms get where they need to go, a wide variety of vehicle choices are available. They range from small but efficient, large but versatile to long and stylish. We take a look at some of the most recently launched vehicles that are perfect for moms and talk about their style, features and qualities that make them ideally suited for such tasks.

Toyota Veloz

The newly unveiled Toyota Veloz is a seven-seater with a modern design inside and out. The Veloz is marketed as a passenger car, but with the look and feel of an SUV. Comfort was Toyota’s number one priority, evident in its spacious cabin. It comes with the power to carry all passengers thanks to its 1.5-litre engine with dual VVT-I technology coupled with a highly efficient CVT transmission that constantly adapts to driving conditions.

This new generation vehicle also comes with the technology to make driving easier. First of all, the smart entry and start pressure system, a digital display in the dashboard and a large multimedia display in the middle with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. It also comes with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) features such as the Panoramic Rear View Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, Hill Start Assist Control, Automatic High Beam, Lane Departure Alert and a Pre-Collision System that clears the way for potential collisions.

One of its most unique features is seats that fold flat to create a unique space inside for a break, car camping, or snack.

The all-new Veloz starts at P1.185,000 for the 1.5 G CVT and P1.225,000 for the 1.5 V CVT.

Suzuki Celerio

For moms who want to keep it sleek and efficient, there’s the recently unveiled Suzuki Celerio. This new vehicle is the smallest of the bunch, making it the easiest to park in tight spaces and also one of the most fuel efficient.

The new Celerio has been made bigger than its predecessor and is also packed with new features. First of all, it gets a touchscreen infotainment system with phone mirroring. It’s even easier to maneuver with parking sensors and hill jump start aids to help in tricky conditions. There are also anti-lock brakes (ABS), dual airbags, stability control is standard.

The real selling point of the Celerio is, of course, its efficiency. It is powered by a 1.0-litre engine in combination with a manual or automatic gearshift system (AGS). The AGS is an automatic transmission that uses a similar transmission to a manual transmission, giving the driver the responsiveness, efficiency and easier maintenance of the previous system. It still comes with a manual (no clutch) mode for times when the driver needs to override the system.

Suzuki says the Celerio (with AGS) achieved an astonishing 28.25 km/L in fuel efficiency tests conducted with the AAP.

Best of all, the Celerio is also the most affordable with a starting price of P708,000 for the manual and P754,000 for the AGS automatic.

Honda HR-V

For those who want a vehicle that represents their refined style, there is the Honda HR-V. Developed as a functional yet safe sub-compact crossover, the all-new HR-V features an aggressive new look with sporty details.

The new look integrates design features such as LEDs and Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), with a sporty fastback rear, while maintaining the height of an SUV.

The interior reflects the same thoughtful design with a human-centric cabin, designed with good ergonomics and quality materials. It has a mix of digital and analog screens in the dash, while the infotainment has an 8-inch touchscreen display with a six-speaker sound system. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and gives the driver access to various apps.

The HR-V is also designed for the budding ‘Plantita’ thanks to its ULT seats with three adjustable positions: Utility Mode folds the rear seats for maximum payload; In long mode, the front and rear passenger seats can be folded down for a long load; and Tall Mode allows the rear seats to tilt up to accommodate a plant.

The HR-V comes with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC in the S variant and a 1.5-litre i-VTEC Turbo in the V variant, both paired with a CVT.

It also comes with an extensive list of safety features called Honda SENSING that make driving on highways easier as the car’s many features help it stay in its lane, warn of other vehicles and even slow down if necessary.

The HR-V is priced at P1,250,000 for the S variant and P1,598,000 for the V variant.

These are just some of the cars we recommend for moms. Read our next story to better understand some of these features we mentioned: Features to look for.