Let’s Talk Mom Cars

I hope you enjoyed our first article in honor of our May Celebration of Mothers! Our second one asked women to tell us what they drove before and after they became moms. I’ve written before about how I bought a new car when I found out I was pregnant. Safety and reliability became more important to me than they had previously. I was curious if other mothers made drastic changes. So we took a look at what we call mom cars.

And the results are in:

Before After
Hyundai Elantra Beautifully spacious minivan
Honda Civic Honda Pilot
Toyota Corolla Subaru Outback
2-Door Dodge Stratus Coupe Honda Odyssey
Kia Sorento Nissan Pathfinder
Chevy Camaro Chevy Traverse

Stacey G from thesoccermomblog.com said

Before I became a mom, I drove a car I had already long paid off (which was awesome), but it wasn’t very dependable. When I found out I was pregnant, I decided that was the perfect time to upgrade to a more reliable and roomier SUV. The sport suspension made me so nauseous when I was going through morning sickness, but as soon as that was over, I loved my car!

And some changes didn’t involve specific car or SUV models but rather their state:

My car went from “messy” to MESSY and extremely dirty. My glove compartment now has a collection of toys to be used in the event of a meltdown.

Our vehicle became more of a living space. We spend a lot of time in our car going here and there, so we bring along snacks, toys, and entertainment. We’ve moved the family room, dinner table, and sometimes even bedrooms on long trips into our vehicles.

And then there is the ultimate vehicle controversy. The minivan. (duh duh duhhhh)
Every mom I know has an opinion about driving a minivan. I am on the side of refusing. My sister, on the other hand, loves hers. But according to one of our responders, I might just be missing out:

Although we’re growing out of it now, you really can’t beat the minivan. I resisted it for a long time, but that was stupid. It’s worth a lot to be able to press a button and open the door for your kids.

Others didn’t change their vehicles at all:

I like what I have — a regular sedan. None of this minivan or SUV stuff for me. Just a regular car for a regular person — who happens to have kids.

No mom car for her! I dig it.

No matter what you drive, RightTurn.com has your tires (you know I had to get that in somewhere, right?)

What did you drive before vs after motherhood? What do you think about the minivan?

Did you enjoy this article?
If so, then I invite you to read my other mom articles:

Best Family Cars: An Infographic
Tell Us Your Car Games for Kids