Regardless of whether you have a family of four or a family of seven or are simply trying to make a family, one thing is certain; at some point in this journey, you will need a new car.
When searching for a family car, you want to look at the features that come along with it—for a family car is no ordinary car. A family car is a car that will stay with you and will protect your family through any situation and will keep you safe. Here are the ten best family cars you can buy today.
10. KIA SEDONA
The Kia Sedona is the first family car on this list, and being a minivan, it is perfect for those large families with infants and toddlers that may be a little difficult to manage. The Sedona retails for around $27,200 and for a minivan, looks somewhat cool and sleek with its redesigned headlights and a new bumper.
On the inside, the Kia Sedona has stain-resistant seats, which again, are perfect if your little ones are prone to accidents and the Sedona can comfortably fit about five infant car seats inside of it. The Sedona comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
9. TOYOTA SIENNA
Another minivan on this list is the Toyota Sienna. Fun fact: the Toyota Sienna is the only minivan with all-wheel-drive, so, if you live in the Midwest or on the East Coast and have a slightly larger family, the Sienna is for you.
With its AWD feature, if you experience heavy snowfall and frequent adverse conditions, there is no safer minivan than the Sienna. The Sienna also comes with new safety features that will offer you peace of mind when driving. With features such as pedestrian detection, you will never worry again.
8. HONDA ODYSSEY
The Honda Odyssey retails for $30,190 and is one of the largest cars on this list. Following the minivan trend, the Odyssey can fit an incredibly large amount of car seats in it, six to be exact.
The Odyssey also comes with brand-new features such as Cabin Talk, which can project the driver’s voice from the forward cabin to the rear cabin and can give new or stressed parents ease of mind when driving and dealing with the fight in the backseat. For $34,160, parents can get advanced safety features such as automatic collision braking and advanced cruise control.
7. FORD ESCAPE
Alright, enough with the minivans. Let us talk now about SUVs or sports utility vehicles. The Ford Escape is a two-row SUV and is a compact vehicle that retails for $24,105. The Escape can fit two car seats within it but can be stretched to fill a third if you really need the space.
One perk the Ford Escape possesses over the other cars on this list is its abundant use of technology within the vehicle. For example, within the Ford app, you can control your vehicle and even integrate features such as Alexa into your Escape for hands-free use.
6. GMC TERRAIN
Next up is the GMC Terrain. Like the Ford Escape, the Terrain is a two-row SUV and can fit up to three narrow car seats in it in a pinch. The Terrain is a small-but-powerful vehicle which will offer its passengers a smooth and enjoyable ride. In case you ever need to purchase and transport furniture in this baby, such as a crib or a new bed, the last row folds down and can comfortably fit an 8-foot long IKEA purchase in its trunk. The Terrain also comes with a rear cross-traffic alert system that detects children behind the vehicle.
5. SUBARU FORESTER
The last two-row SUV on this list before moving on to the three-row SUVs, the Subaru Forester. Subaru, in general, is renowned for making safe and reliable cars, and this Japanese carmaker doesn’t miss any details or cut any corners.
The Forester retails for $24,295 and has been a long-time favorite of parents, and was recently re-designed. The new Forester has advanced safety features such as Eyesight Driver Assist Technology, which keeps the Forester in its lane, and this car also comes with a powerful and fuel-efficient engine. The Subaru Forester gets 33-miles to the gallon on the highway.
4. SUBARU ASCENT
Next up is another Subaru, which is slightly different and more modern than the Subaru Forester. The Subaru Ascent is the company’s newest car, and the Ascent is a three-row SUV.
Subaru claims the Ascent is designed for off-road adventures or simply would be a better fit for adventure-seeking families due to its high output of power and great performance. The Ascent can tow up to 5,000 pounds and is perfect for campers or hikers. As with the Forester, Subaru Ascent comes with the Eyesight Driver Assist Technology that offers lane-keeping and even automatic collision detection and automatic braking
3. VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS
The Volkswagen Atlas is one of the largest SUVs on this list and is also a three-row SUV like the Ascent. Due to its large size, the Atlas is a perfect family car for when your kids are young, and even after they grow up.
For infants and toddlers, the Atlas can fit up to five car seats in it and as the children grow into teens, they will most certainly appreciate the extra legroom and cabin space the Atlas offers. The Atlas also comes with features such as automatic headlights and even heated side mirrors for those frosty days.
2. NISSAN PATHFINDER
The Nissan Pathfinder is not a standard, run-of-the-mill SUV like the other vehicles on this list. It is arguably the safest family car of this generation. For starters, the Pathfinder’s safety system ensures you will never forget your baby in a hot car.
Designed by two moms, the rear-door alert system will deliver a glaring alarm if it detects the back door was opened before the car started but was not opened after it stopped. Also, the Pathfinder comes with an all-new 360-degree view with its around-view display that ensures you will always know what is around you.
1. HONDA PILOT
Finally, presenting the Honda Pilot. The Honda Pilot is essentially the same car as the Honda Odyssey, except it is not a minivan and hence, much cooler. Like the Odyssey, the Pilot is a newly redesigned vehicle that offers some of the same features as the Odyssey, and then some.
For starters, both vehicles have the CabinTalk feature that ensures you never have to yell to the back and the Pilot also has just as much cabin space and legroom as the Odyssey does. The Pilot does, however, have a trunk that can be opened by kicking under the rear bumper.