There are many people who think that an inescapable part of being a mom is the eventual turning in of your sports car and purchasing of a minivan, the ultimate trade of style for functionality, but nowadays, this does not have to be the case any longer. You can drive the kids around town and get yourself to work without even having to size up to an SUV. Here we have compiled a list of the best mid-size cars that can hold their own with the minivans and the sports utility vehicles. What’s more, we kept style at the forefront of our criteria, ensuring that you won’t have to sacrifice anything.
Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Before sports utility vehicles became as prevalent as smart phones, most families were the proud owners of station wagons, not to mention that cheesy laminate wood paneling hung on the sides. But nowadays, manufacturers such as Acura are reclaiming the model, and rightly so. The station wagon offered unmatched functionality and versatility. It was a car that could make it from work to school to a drive-in movie in any type of weather. And the Acura TSX packs in all of this practicality with a sleek and modern profile. Sure, the compact nature of this car means you can’t load it with as much stuff as a minivan, but you’ll certainly feel cooler.
Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Similar to our last car, the Acura TSX, the Cadillac CTS is able to blend style with functionality in ways that might surprise you. Not quite a sedan and not quite an sports utility vehicle, the CTS retains the best qualities of each of these types. The sleek profile and compact nature of a sedan in addition to a surprisingly large storage capacity. What’s more, the CTS packs in a powerful V6 engine that will make you forget that you are even driving a modern take on the station wagon, a car built in the United States, carrying on the proud tradition of functionality.
Ideal for city dwellers, for whom space is not a luxury, the Honda Civic can give you more functionality than almost any other car of this size. Not only is its fuel economy impressive, but these cars are also built to last. There is a reason that Civics are one of the most widely driven cars across the globe, and that reason is reliability. If you take good care of your vehicle, there is a good chance that you will even be able to pass on your Civic to your child. The average Civic, when maintained properly, will last over ten years. And what could be more practical than something you can depend on?
There’s something about Honda that has them cranking out superbly constructed mid-size vehicles. If the Civic just isn’t quite cutting it with regard to space, then consider giving the Fit a try. With a body that can hold 20.6 cubic feet of cargo, the Fit provides Honda reliability with just a smidge more space for your buck, not mention its 35 mpg highway rating.