Top Family Vehicles
By: Good2GoPublished: August 25, 2015
Cars can be very expensive, yet they are also a very important part of everyday life. Families need an affordable, reliable, safe, and comfortable car to get them through their various trips in life. This past year has seen the release of some of the most efficient and price-friendly cars yet, and they are looking very family-friendly.
There is no “#1 Car” on this list, since different people and families have varying needs. They have been grouped into categories making it easier to comprehend the variety of choices.
While buying used cars is a good, financially sound decision for some people, the reliability of a used car can diminish, especially if it has racked up countless miles. The intention of this list is to present the most reliable, most affordable new cars out on the market.
Honda Accord (starting price: $22,105)
Honda is a consistent car manufacturer, building reliable models that get good mileage and high safety ratings. The Accord is no different, receiving a positive rating on US World & News Car Report. Car experts have continuously rated the Accord highly on their lists. This mid-size has received incredible safety ratings and is efficient on the road too, getting 36 highway miles per gallon. The interior is spacious and critics have reacted positively to the handling of the Accord.
Ford Fusion (starting price: $22,110)
As Ford makes itself more competitive in the sedan market, it has been releasing two versions of its praised Fusion model: a standard version and a hybrid version. Prepare to pay more for the hybrid, but also expect to get 41-highway mpg versus 34 in the standard model. What makes the Fusion stand out is that it has great interior styling and handles fantastically. The Fusion has been getting more attention among experts and has been finding itself increasing in the ranks of popular family sedans.
Nissan Altima (starting price: $22,300)
Nissan is known for building incredibly reliable cars that are meant to last and travel well. The new Altima sedan has great mileage, clocking-in at 38-highway mpg, making a very cost-effective car. The Altima is no sports car, but it does have a powerful four-cylinder engine that makes it a good car for the highway and longer road trips. The car has very giving legroom and a nice interior with zero gravity front seats, leather upholstery, and a blind spot monitoring system among many other tech features, making the Altima a safe and reliable choice for families.
Chevrolet Malibu (starting price: $22,465)
The Malibu is a reliable mid-size sedan that comes with quite a few Chevy-branded luxuries. J.D. Power rated the Malibu as the “most dependable mid-size car” of 2015. The car has a spacious trunk for luggage and can serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot using Chevrolet’s OnStar in-car Wi-Fi. The mileage on this sedan is not bad with 36-highway mpg.
Chevrolet Equinox (starting price: $22,120)
With Chevrolet reinventing its brand, it is doing a decent job in the competitive SUV market. The Equinox is both price-friendly and efficient, getting 32-highway mpg. The car only seats up to five people, but it does offer in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi through the Chevy OnStar system (as always, terms and conditions apply), which can keep the kids satisfied and quiet for extended driving periods. While not a favorite among car gurus, the Equinox does come with helpful, modern luxuries such as rear park assist and forward collision alert.
Honda CR-V (starting price: $23,445)
For the CR-V’s price, it gets an efficient 34 highway mpg, a classic Honda plus. Like other Hondas the CR-V is all about efficiency and reliability, but less about seating capacity holding only five people. The interior has received an upgrade from previous models and now sports more comfortable seating and better braking and engine components allow for a smoother and quieter ride.
Nissan Murano (starting price: $29,560)
The Murano’s time has come to be in the spotlight and get the attention it deserves. The Murano takes the usually cookie cutter design of the SUV and makes it look sleek and attractive. Looks are not all that matters though, and Nissan delivers with this car. The Murano drives smoothly and quietly, handling the road well with a V-6 engine. The interior pays attention to aesthetics as well, with leather seats to keep the occupants comfortable.
Toyota Highlander (starting price: $29,665)
It’s no van, but the Highlander’s seating capacity rivals one, seating up to eight comfortably. While it is more expensive than other sport utility vehicles, the Highlander offers a powerful V-6 engine and the best in interior luxury. With 25-highway mpg, the Highlander gets better mileage than a van, yet still serves families comfortably.
Kia Soul (starting price: $15,190)
It may be an unexpected entry on this list, but Kia has finally gotten itself some attention with their new Soul model. It has received “excellent safety and reliability ratings” according to US News and World Report. The Soul also combines safety with luxury and technology. The car has rear seat heating and allows for passengers to control some features with their smartphones. It is affordable and gets decent mileage (30-highway mpg).
Subaru Outback (starting price: $24,895)
Even though the public is still confused as to what classification of car the Outback actually is (is it more station wagon or more crossover?), this vehicle blows away the competition. All-wheel drive comes standard and, when coupled with its 8.7 inches of ground clearance, makes for a sturdy and comfortable car built for tough road trips and excursions with a family twist. The incredibly spacious interior and high safety ratings make the Outback a popular choice among families.
Honda Odyssey (starting price: $28,975)
While higher-end Odyssey models can get pricey, the starting price is rather low when compared with the great features that come with the minivan. The Odyssey is one of the nicer minivans on the market, with a smooth powertrain, high safety ratings, and a comfortable interior that is family friendly, seating up to eight people. For a van, its mileage does not suffer at 28-highway mpg. Overall, it goes above and beyond serving the needs of a growing family.
Chrysler Town & Country (starting price: $29,995)
The Town & Country is chock-full of all the modern-day luxuries a driver and passengers could need. It comes with a DVD player to keep the kids quiet on a long road trip, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, and satellite radio. Despite these nice features, the Town & Country is said to be louder while running than its competitors, but that does not stop this van from being an overall reliable family vehicle.
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