Mothers Day is soon approaching and one of the ultimate gifts for your mum is a brand new set of wheels. We've looked at some of the most practical family cars that'll put a big smile on her face. What better gift is there?
5. Toyota Prius
Many people know about the Prius' as a hybrid vehicle that uses both electric and fuel so you save money on the latter. But it's actually even more practical compared to mini-vans and SUVs considering the space inside. The 5-door hatchback edition is one of the roomiest vehicles in its class.
4. Subaru Outback
The Outback is a more rugged and larger SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) which means more room in the back for whatever life throws at you. It's fuel efficient, only using 9.2L/100Km. Featured up front is a large display that can connect your phone via Bluetooth and help you get around with satellite navigation.
3. Volkswagen Tiguan
The Volkswagen Tiguan is the winner of the 2011 Australia's Best Car award for SUV under $40,000 and it's easy to see why. It uses 60/40 split folding rear seats, sports alloy wheels and optional panoramic glass sunroof. Its unique BlueMotion technology uses a host of innovations to improve fuel economy and cut emissions.
2. Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima replaces the Nissan Maxima line, in the same class as the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon. It comes in four and six cylinder variants and all models are fitted with high-grade safety features such as Isofix child restraint anchorages and Active Understeer Control.
1. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is the carmaker's highest selling family car model. As a compact it has a five-star ANCAP safety rating (35 out of a possible 37 safety points) and includes ABS brakes, electronic brake distribution plus dual front, side chest and side head "curtain" airbags.