With soccer's quadrennial World Cup well under way in Brazil, soccer fever is rekindled around the globe. These international clashes among amazingly talented teams are inspiring today’s youth to grab a ball and hit the fields, but they need a ride. As families know, the enthusiasm to play team sports of all kinds may drive the next car purchase. With this in mind, we have assembled a list of 10 models well suited to transporting athletes and their teammates.
To choose these vehicles, we first looked at those models that meet Consumer Report’s criteria to be recommended, which include good overall road test scores, average or better predicted reliability, and adequate performance, if tested, in government and/or insurance industry crash tests.
We then honed in on minivans, SUVs, and wagons for their passenger space and cargo flexibility. All included models have current discounts available of at least 5 percent of sticker price; many have much more negotiation room available. (Complete pricing details, and much more information, is available on the model pages at ConsumerReports.org.)
When shopping for the right sports ride for your team, consider models with plenty of venting, as the smell of victory is often tinged with da feet. Also, seat covers can protect upholstery from dirt, just as all-weather floor and cargo mats can protect the carpet.
With that, here are the 10 best deals on cars for soccer moms and dads.