In a survey of expecting parents, the Mazda CX-7 cross/utility vehicle is the most preferred vehicle when it comes to making room for baby.
“While most people think to make changes to the house, we wanted to find out what first-time parents want when making changes to their driving situation,” says Evan Sneider of LeaseTrader.com, which conducted the polling of more than 2,000 parents-to-be on all things car-related.
LeaseTrader's survey was inspired by its “New Lease On Life” program, which helps first-time parents avoid breaking the lease on their existing vehicles.
By using the program, parents-to-be can switch their leased vehicle to a larger one that offers more space for the baby.
“Most couples must make all kinds of changes when preparing for their first baby,” says Sergio Stiberman, CEO and founder of LeaseTrader.com.
“While we all know it's important to create more room in the house, we're utilizing our vehicles as an extension of our living space today,” he says. “It's important to have the option to quickly adjust your automotive needs for a new baby.”
The majority of parents prefer crossover vehicles (43%) compared to SUVs (31%) and minivans (21%) because of fuel efficiency and functionality.
Most Important Car Features for Kiddies
Percentage of parents who believe the following is the most important car feature for new children:
- Video monitor with night vision for rear-facing carriers (28%).
- Automatic opening hatchback and/or doors (17%).
- Impact-resistant and secure child car seat (12%).
- Leather seats that allow for easy wiping of spills (9%).
- Extra cargo space and fold-down seats (6%).