Best vehicles for new families
Starting fresh? Here are some great new-car picks
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It's amazing how having children can affect how you work. Before my wife gave birth to our daughter, I'd happily book two-seat sports cars and convertibles on occasion, not really care much about trunk space. Or how many LATCH connectors there were in the back of a Honda Civic. I was bound and determined not to become that father - and kept requesting fun and interesting cars to review.
That lasted until a week spent with a whoa-sexy Jaguar XKR with the 500-horsepower supercharged V8. My long-suffering wife spent the whole time jammed up against the front windshield to give the rear-facing infant seat enough room to fit very, very snugly in the tiny rear seats. No 'Parent of the Year Award' for me.
Now, there's no way I'd do something so silly - but of those vehicles that are left that have spent time in my driveway, I've installed the car-seat in all of them. Gone shopping. Taken vacations. Believe me, I've learned a whole lot.
Using that information, here are nine of my favourites spread across different vehicle classes - all at less than $40,000. And I've also included an honourable mention for those certainly worthy of attention.
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- Yes, the quality of cars from the 1960s and '70s is the best
- No, modern technology makes cars better today
- Maybe, it's hard to say since most Canadians get a new car every 10 years