Six Cars Worthy of CarGurus Moms

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Sitting in the back seat of a Chrysler Town & Country on the way to the pool, eating Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and listening to the Evita soundtrack—her unfortunate obsession with Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals aside, some of our most prominent childhood memories include driving around with Mom. Mom drove us to school, to soccer practice, to church. Mom drove us to the grocery store, she picked us up from our friends’ houses. To put it simply, Mom is the best. Not only did Mom operate extremely valuable (but hardly lucrative) livery services for her children, but she managed to do so while also meeting the demands of a professional career.

CarGurus is lucky to have more than a handful of fantastic moms as part of our incredible company. With Mother’s Day this Sunday, we decided to interview some of our great Guru mothers and find out a little bit about their first cars, what they drive now, and what they’re hoping to drive in the future.

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10 NHTSA 5-Star Safety Picks for Any Lifestyle

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Cars and safety have had a long and difficult relationship, but it became way more complex with the arrival of the smartphone. A Pew survey last year determined that 64% of American adults own a smartphone, and anyone who’s spent any time on American roads within the last couple of years knows many people use those phones while driving. In fact, we’re just concluding April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month, during which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched its “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign.

We strongly urge everyone reading this post to take NHTSA’s recommended steps to minimize their distractions while behind the wheel and avoid getting pulled over–and not just in April, but year-round. Unfortunately, there’s very little any driver can do about to prevent other drivers from getting distracted. So here are ten 2016 cars that should meet the needs and budgets of a wide variety of drivers, all with 5-star overall safety ratings from NHTSA. We hope none of you will ever have to test your car’s safety features, but just in case….

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Volvo Breathes Again with the V40

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The V40 hatch is the sharpest car Volvo has made in years, but it won’t come to the U.S., since the company sees no demand here for 5-door hatchbacks. Another example of how our markets lag Europe.

Shown at Geneva, the V40 will compete against BMW’s 1 Series and the Audi A3. TopGear drove it briefly and especially praised the interior, the seats, the great improvement over older Volvos in handling, and the smooth, “torquey flow” of power.

Two gas engines (150 and 180 hp) and a 2-liter diesel are available. It looks good from any angle, and an XC40 crossover may be coming.

You also get a pedestrian airbag that pops out of your hood and inflates to cushion the blow for those you unluckily slam into. For the extra complexity and cost of this item, I wonder if this isn’t just a bit “over the top,” so to speak. Although, as Volvo says, about 12 percent of traffic fatalities involve pedestrians.

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