Mother’s Day is nearly upon us and what better way to show your appreciation to Mom than a sweet set of wheels?
The following is a list of rides Moms will enjoy for multiple reasons, be it a smooth ride, excellent safety tech, or just all around utility. We’ve even thrown in a set of wheels for Moms that want to kick off those heels, let their hair down, and have some fun.
2014 Subaru Forester
We love our Mom’s here at Digital Trends (except for the guy down the hall in accounting, he only loves numbers) so naturally we want to keep them safe and sound. While the 2014 Subaru Forester is far from the best looking car on the list, its combination of increased ride height, cargo space, and robust tech suite, dubbed EyeSight, make it one of the top choices.
EyesSight is truly the standout tech feature here and sports two front-facing cameras mounted to the Forester’s interior. With it, the car can automatically slow itself down to mitigate or avoid oncoming collisions, alert Mom if she’s drifting out of the lane through a lane departure warning system, and if she’s just not paying attention at stoplight or in heavy traffic, EyeSight can even alert her through an audio-visual cue when traffic ahead has moved.
2013 Volvo S60
Sure, we’re guilty of perpetuating Volvo’s slightly unfair reputation as a car for “chicks” (not a car to get chicks, mind you, but indeed a car for chicks) but that doesn’t mean the 2013 S60 isn’t a great choice for dear old mom.
In addition to being one of the most stylish sedans on the market, the S60 features two standout safety tech features: City Safety and Pedestrian Detection. The former helps avoid low-speed collisions by automatically applying the brakes when traveling below 30 mph but above two mph, while the latter helps avoid hitting pedestrians through the use of radar sensors, HD cameras, and a nifty HUD display that first provides an audio-visual warning. If a collision is deemed imminent, Pedestrian Detection also supplies full braking force.
Acting more as a driver support system, City Safety helps drivers avoid low speed collisions. While driving at speeds of less than 30 mph, but more than 2 mph, City Safety, which is a standard feature on the 2013 S60, will apply brakes to the vehicle automatically in an attempt to avoid or mitigate an impending collision.
Of course if you’re looking for something a little more fast and furious for Mom, there is always the 2013 S60 R-Design.
2013 Acura MDX
SUVS are meant to be useful, the word “utility” is right there in the name for crying out loud! But just because something is useful doesn’t mean it’s not fun.
With the 2013 Acura MDX, lugging a legion of kids to and from soccer practice doesn’t have to be such a frustrating (or boring) endeavor.
An indispensable third row of seating is on hand for the kids and an available rear-seat DVD system should help distract your munchkins long enough from picking their noses.
When the kids aren’t around, Mom can let loose with a 300 horsepower, 270 pound-feet of torque 3.7-liter V6. Acura’s patenting Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive is also available to help her get feisty with the corners.
2013 Fiat 500
Forget Prada and Fendi, for the truly stylish Mom, the 2013 Fiat 500 is the ultimate accessory. With a ton of fun colors and customization options, the Fiat 500 is one of the most exhilarating cars Mom (regardless of her age) can drive.
The tech offerings might be pretty slim, however, a combination of confident handling and excellent gas mileage should keep her smiling, at least until your anniversary (you didn’t forget, did you?).
And for the more eco-conscious Mom (California residing mom, that is) there is always the Fiat 500e electric-only version. (Pictured right)
2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class
While Mother’s Day shines the spotlight on Mothers once a year, the reality is they deserve it every day. And what better way to pamper Mom than with a good dose of luxury?
That’s where the Mercedes-Benz C Class comes in. Sure there are sportier, more vulgar choices out there, but that’s not the C Class, it’s more refined and much more elegant both inside and out.
Throw in Mercedes’s mBrace2 telematics system, mobile app functionality, and a handful of driver safety features like Mercedes Attention Assist and you’re left with one marvelous mommy-mobile that is far from patronizing.