Is it time to upgrade your current SUV but you’re not sure what the market has to offer? You’ve landed in the right place! Each family has their own specific needs, which means particular features and capabilities should be kept in mind during your search, such as how easily accessible the third row is. If you want an update on what’s available, the information below will inform you about the interior design, safety technology, and convenience features that will make your daily routine run more smoothly. To learn what you should consider before deciding on a family SUV, continue reading.
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What should I consider to protect my family?
1. Start with IIHS & NHTSA scores
Your family’s safety shouldn’t haunt you each time you hit the road, which is why institutions like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration perform collision studies to help you have peace of mind. Both institutions provide ratings to show how well an SUV protects its passengers from being injured during a collision. The IIHS rates the results of five different crash tests, how well driving aids function, the headlights, and the LATCH child seating system. The NHTSA gives scores in four different categories. Both the IIHS and NHTSA are used as industry standards for whether a vehicle is safe enough for Americans or not.
2. Driving aids
What kinds of driving aids are offered or whether any are available at all can help you decide whether the SUV you’re considering is safe enough for your family. Are lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking standard or do you have to purchase a package to get said safety features? Below is a list of some available safety systems to keep in mind when considering your next mid-sized or crossover SUV:
Blind spot monitor detects and warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot.
Adaptive cruise control maintains a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
Emergency braking system automatically applies the brakes when a potential collision is detected.
What technology should I consider for my family?
You have a variety of personalities to appease while you’re in transit, and a proper entertainment system is essential. For one, you need connectivity options. Bluetooth® wireless technology is becoming more popular with each passing model year, and for good reason. Depending on the model, it allows you to stream music from your favorite artists without needing a chord and answer text messages and phone calls without taking your hands off of the wheel. Additional entertainment features that Kansas City, MO families will love include:
HD Radio, SiriusXM™ Radio, USB port, CD player, Auxiliary jack, and premium speaker system
DVD or Blu-Ray™ entertainment system
Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
2. Seating Configurations
SUVs seat 5-8 passengers at a time while providing several seating configurations to fit your passengers and all their cargo. Be on the lookout for 60/40-, 50/50-, and 40/20/40-splitting seats. They allow you to fold down seat backs to increase the cargo volume and provide the seating necessary to smoothly carry people and cargo.
3. Comfort & Convenience
To experience the luxury of optimal comfort, consider the upholstery and convenience features included with a potential SUV. Leather-trimmed seating and power adjustable seats are always more comfortable than manual adjustable seating. Power adjustable seating also allows you to reposition more than one area of the seat, sometimes including lumbar adjustments. Additional convenience features to improve your family’s comfort level include:
Heated and ventilated seats
Dual- and triple-zone air conditioning and heating
Power or hands-free rear lift gate
Bucket, bench, or cabin’s chair seats
4-way to 12-way power adjustable front seats
What should I look for in interior design?
Navigating the controls of your center console should be as seamless as possible. On your next test drive, pay attention to how intuitive the cabin is by assessing how easy the buttons are to use. Ask yourself the following questions when you get behind the wheel, and if the answers are in favor of ease of use, you have found a model with a great design.
Are buttons and knobs clearly labeled?
Is the center console display too far from your line of sight?
Is the touchscreen display big enough to read information clearly and is it responsive?
Can you comfortably reach buttons without being distracted from the road?
Available Honda SUVs in Kansas City, MO
Now that you know what to look for in your next family vehicle, read all about the entertainment, cargo, and safety features of the 2017 CR-V, new HR-V, and Pilot SUVs—all of which are available at our Honda dealership—by checking out the reviews in our research center. If you have any questions about features or our extensive inventory, contact the team at Honda of Tiffany Springs in Kansas City, MO by calling (866) 205-1181.