Back-to-school season is also a great time to consider a new car because a new model year in the fall brings big discounts on the outgoing models. Here are some top picks for back-to-school vehicles, for every stage of your child's education.
It's finally that time of year--when schoolgoers of all ages get very sad, when parents breathe a sigh of relief.
It's time to go back to school, and the kids are almost set: tablets, new sneakers, a sweet backpack.
Wait, did you forget something? How about a new set of wheels? School time is a great time to consider a new car, because a new model year brings bigger discounts on the outgoing models. Never mind that; it's the perfect chance to show off in the pickup lane.
While you make one last back-to-school shopping list--cars to test-drive--we'll let you share our notes. We've picked our top choices for back-to-school vehicles, for every stage of education, from kindergarten to passing the bar. And in each case, we've picked some of the safest, most value-packed vehicles you can buy.
Elementary School: 2014 Ford Flex
You need something that makes the wheels go round and round with maximum safety, a minimum of fuss, and the most entertainment per mile. How about something that actually looks like a bus? The top-rated Ford Flex wagon is stuffed with its DVD entertainment systems, Bluetooth streaming, and excellent crash-test scores. The only thing missing? Maybe a coat of school-bus yellow paint.
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan
Middle School: 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan