7 cars for moms to escape the minivan rut
Toyota Venza XLE
- Base price: $31,360
- Gas mileage:
- City - 21 mpg
- Highway - 27 mpg
Venza does a number of things well, and moms can appreciate its versatility. It's priced here with the fuel-efficient 181-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed driver-shiftable automatic transmission ushers power to the front wheels.
Even when carrying five in its roomy, comfortable cabin, it still has plenty of cargo space behind the second-row seat.
Venza earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top scores in its crash tests.
Among its serious mom-has-to-have features are a backup camera and power rear liftgate. Other standard gear: seven air bags, reclining rear seats, leather-trimmed seating, and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and iPod interface.