When you think luxury cars, your mind probably drifts off to a serene setting with supple leather seats and clean lines. But then you bring your kids into that fantasy, and you’ve added smooshed cheerios and unidentifiable odors. That’s when you realize it’s time to redefine luxury as a parent.
You can still have nice things, but some models are better-suited for families than others.
The following are a few of the best luxury cars for parents:
The Buick Enclave is a luxury SUV with lots of legroom in the back seat and standard second-row captain’s chairs. But the one thing that makes this vehicle stand out is its quiet ride. With a sound-deadening acoustic windshield and a noise-canceling system, you’ll have an easier time hearing what’s going on in the back seat. And if you want to rock out to the wheels on the bus song, the others stopped at the light are less likely to hear your craziness. You know, just in case the moment arises.
2018 models start at just $39,995, making the Enclave one of the most affordable luxury vehicles for a family.
There’s no doubt that the Porsche Cayenne is a luxury SUV, but it’s the kind of vehicle that’ll make you feel like you’re driving a high-performance vehicle. If you’re looking for a sporty luxury vehicle for your family, the Porsche Cayenne is it. Available safety equipment includes forward-collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights and cruise control, hill descent control and a surround-view camera.
There are so many reasons to consider the Porsche Cayenne as your family car, but most choose this over other options because of its sporty appeal.
2018 models start at $67,500. And if you’re really interested in the vehicle’s sporty appeal, consider the Cayenne Turbo, which starts at $124,600.
With sleek European styling and a convenient 3rd row of seating, the Volvo XC90 makes a great luxury car for the family. The XC90 offers a confident and robust driving experience and has options for sport and off-road. There’s actually an air-lift button that’ll raise the vehicle up two inches for off-road conditions. And you can also raise it down two inches to make cargo loading easier. Cap-less gas tanks make refueling quick and easy, which is a blessing when you spot a WWE match breaking out in the back seat. One simple yet unique feature of the Volvo XC90 that moms love is its under-seat lighting. No more lost jelly beans and sippy cups!
The bottom line is that the Volvo XC90 is an all-around excellent family car with some standard luxury features. Interestingly enough, the features that stand out most are also the simplest (e.g., cap-less gas tank and under-seat lighting).
2018 models start at $44,000.
These are three of the top luxury cars for parents, but there are a few more on the list. Have you test-driven or purchased any of the newer models? Which is your favorite?