I think it’s safe to say that it’s a right of passage for a child to own one of those little Fred Flintstone style cars powered by tiny feet and too much energy for their own good. The crazy thing is that they haven’t evolved much since I was a kid. I’m dating myself here, but there are definitely pictures of me in one of them sometime in the early 80’s tearing it up in the family room.
The problem with those cars? They’re next to impossible to steer and in some cases assemble. In fact I actually started this site out of frustration with one of those little cars, deciding there must be a good way to tell parents what products really are great. So when Step2 gave me the heads up that they would be releasing the Easy Turn Coupe I was pretty excited to see it in person.
The concept is simple, they’ve added a swiveling castor wheel to the car so your child can actually turn it without having to brace both arms on the sides of the car to do so. I can say from experience that this drastically reduces the amount of furniture and wall bumps and declarations of “I’m stuck.”
There are also some new and noteworthy features on the Easy Turn Coupe like the transparent roof so you can see what your younger child is up to if you’re pushing them in it or your older child can actually look up and enjoy their “just like mom’s” sunroof.
As I mentioned, if you’re pushing the car along for a younger child Step2 thought to raise the height of the roof so you don’t have to bend over. I’m about 5’5″ and can still remember the back ache I would get pushing Kayla around in her old little red and yellow car. With the Easy Turn Coupe I don’t have to bend at all, just extend one hand to push.
Now if you’re lucky enough to be super model height, you might have to bend a little but trust me it won’t be anything like the coupes of the past.
Much to your child’s delight there is a honk-able horn which emits a not too loud and not too soft sound. I personally like that it’s manual rather than electronic. There is also an ignition key that clicks when turned as any knob should according to most kids. Kayla immediately went off doing laps around the living room and honking at the family dog who was all too happy to get out of her way.
And if your little one is anything like mine then they’ll need constant sustenance to get through an afternoon of busy play. I like that there is a built in cup holder right by the steering wheel which also fits a little snack bowl perfectly. We recently discovered the joy of Mixed Up Goldfish and when I’m not too busy sneaking them Kayla likes to eat them too.
Also if your child is a more-is-more kind of kid, there is extra storage for a sippy cup and a fluffy friend or two to ride along with them. It’s with deep sadness that I must report shortly after this photo was taken that flamingo was snatched by the aforementioned dog, possibly as a revenge tactic for being chased in circles by a green car. Which now leaves me with a cup holder for myself on the way to the park because these back cup holders are also for vanilla latte toting parents who need some caffeine!
And last, but certainly not least is the removable floor board. If you’ve got a little one who isn’t quite able to get very far on their own you can pop the floor board in and push away without worrying about them dragging their little legs. If you have an older child or sibling you can just leave it out or switch back and forth as needed.
You might have heard me mention that there was a giveaway involved in this post. There is, along with a chance to help a fantastic charity – The Saving tiny Hearts Society which funds life saving research for congenital heart defects.
To enter the giveaway and help Step2 donate to StHS you can check out my “Caption This” contest here.
Just so you know, I am a Step2 Test Drive Blogger and I received an Easy Turn Coupe to check out and share with you! Our family are long time users of Step2 products and this new little car just plain rocks!