Going Back to School Smarter

August 27th, 2018 by

<br /> Was getting the kids out the door, and to the school a struggle last school year? Did you constantly have to squish kids, school projects and sports equipment in the car just to empty them out a few miles down the road and hope that everything made it in one piece? With the majority of schools coming back to session this month it’s time to start planning for the carpool. This year will be no different than last year unless you are ready to make some changes and head into the school year with a new set of wheels. AutoSavvy is featuring 4 vehicles that we think are the best back to school cars on the road. These vehicles were chosen based on seating, cargo space, safety ratings, entertainment options, and the total driving experience. As with all vehicles sold by AutoSavvy, these cars have branded titles which means that they will save you thousands when compared to clean title versions. Let’s break them down.<br />

Was getting the kids out the door, and to the school a struggle last school year? Did you constantly have to squish kids, school projects and sports equipment in the car just to empty them out a few miles down the road and hope that everything made it in one piece? With the majority of schools coming back to session this month it’s time to start planning for the carpool. This year will be no different than last year unless you are ready to make some changes and head into the school year with a new set of wheels. AutoSavvy is featuring 4 vehicles that we think are the best back-to-school cars on the road. These vehicles were chosen based on seating, cargo space, safety ratings, entertainment options, and the total driving experience. As with all vehicles sold by AutoSavvy, these cars have branded titles which means that they will save you thousands when compared to clean title versions. Let’s break them down.


1. Honda Odyssey

You can’t think back to school without thinking Minivan, and the Honda Odyssey is first in its class. Capable of seating 8, the Odyssey seems like it can pick up the whole neighborhood. The 2017 Honda Odyssey has 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than enough for all your science projects. It was also given a 5 star safety rating from the NHTSA. All “Crashworthiness” ratings were “Good” from the IIHS, its top rating. When it comes to entertainment options the Odyssey is one of the best. A Rear Entertainment System comes standard in the Elite and Touring trim levels, and is available in the EX-L. Kelly Blue Book says this about the 2018 Odyssey, “It drives like a smaller vehicle, and with buttery smoothness. It’s quieter and more nicely appointed inside. And overall practicality has been taken to another level with a long list of clever new features and tech.” That’s high praise for this all around family focused van.


2. Subaru Outback

Only capable of seating 5, the Outback has probably never crossed your mind as a great carpooling vehicle. Well, that’s because you most likely have never looked closely at all the features that the Outback can give you. For example, the 2017 Outback boasts 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space which will fit all the backpacks and lunchboxes you need. Parents Magazine and Edmunds named the 2018 Outback a Best Family Car. It has a 5 star safety rating from the NHTSA, and Kelly Blue Book called it one of the 12 Best Family Cars in 2018. Subaru Starlink, which comes standard on the Outback, comes with Pandora, Apple Carplay and Android Auto. That’s more than enough options to make the drive home from school a little more exciting. The standard Symmetrical All Wheel Drive makes the winter months a walk in the park. MotorTrend wrote this review after testing the 2018 Outback, “The 2018 Subaru Outback is as well-rounded as it’s ever been. The interior is spacious and filled with high-quality materials, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on every trim, and the crossover-wagon’s “I’m different” appeal is matched by a decent-sized cargo area, capable all-wheel drive, and retractable crossbars.”


3. Ford Explorer

The Explorer has seating for 7 people. It has 21 cubic feet of cargo space which makes bringing along gym bags and instruments no problem. Adjusting the third row of seats can provide a lot more room for cargo. Like the others, the Explorer owns a 5 star safety rating from the NHTSA. Motor Trend broke down the Explorer by saying, “The 2018 Explorer is available in five trim levels including the base model, XLT, Limited, Sport, and top-spec Platinum. Standard and available options include cloth or leather seating surfaces, rear auxiliary climate control, 12-speaker Sony premium audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation, a twin-panel moonroof, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, and more.” Car Connection let us know where the Explorer falls in Ford’s family, “In a lineup of cars and trucks that includes crazy uncle Shelby and cousin Raptor and a litter of baby RSs and STs, the 2018 Ford Explorer takes on the role of mom. Go ahead and have fun, it’s happy to do the shopping and the carpool, no matter what the weather holds. Someone has to do the chores around here, you know.”


4. Toyota Highlander

Some Highlanders have seating capabilities of 8 while other trim levels only seat 7. At 13.8 cubic feet, the Highlander has the smallest cargo space of our carpool suggestions. However, folding down the third row can give you triple the amount of cargo space. The 2018 Highlander was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and was given a 5 star safety rating by the NHTSA. A blu-ray entertainment package is available in the SE and Limited trim levels. Different levels of Entune Premium Audio Systems come standard in the Highlander. Edmunds says, “The 2018 Toyota Highlander is one of the best picks available for a versatile three-row crossover SUV. Thanks to a comfortable and quiet ride, abundant standard features and a just-right size, it should serve you well as a do-all family hauler. While the Highlander isn’t as big as traditional truck-based SUVs such as Toyota’s Sequoia, it’s easier to maneuver around town, yet it still has three relatively usable rows of seating. It also delivers above-average fuel economy for a three-row SUV.”


Take a look at these vehicles, as well as the rest of our inventory of branded title vehicles to find out how much you can save. Your kids and their friends will be happy that you came to AutoSavvy.

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