The best family cars need to be spacious with good fuel economy and safety features. A family car (also known as a people carrier or MPV) should have features that make journeys fun and enjoyable for kids. The modern market has a variety of cars that fit these criteria, and can be classified as suitable for families or other usages. In terms of suitability and taste, the following five cars which are common to both the USA and UK are our pick of the best cars for family journeys.
Honda CRV SUV Family Car
The Honda CRV is one of the best family cars available. It differentiates itself from other cars in the market by its outstanding and sharp steering system. It also has many features that are friendly to kids. It has a large interior space with 7 seats in the interior plus cargo areas. Furthermore, you can fold its back seat down in order to create more boot space. The car has two glove boxes and compartments beneath the seats where you can hide the general bits and bobs that children seem to accumulate in cars. Some of its features particularly attractive to parents include its wide opening back doors and two tier cargo area. It has a conversation mirror in the sunglasses holder of its overhead console, which conveniently allows the parent to keep an eye on the children on the back seats without having to turn around to check on them. The one downside for this car in relation to the family car market is that it is relatively expensive in comparison to other more luxurious models.
The Ford Fusion People Carrier
The Ford Fusion provides the best choice for a family car, especially for those families with high-class lifestyles. This is because the car is larger than common hybrid cars and affords the occupants more seating space. Furthermore, the car has luxurious features which will instantly impress your kids. Some of its astounding features include the power seats, decent sized 7 seats, soft ambient lighting system, and a synchronized audio system that is voice-activated and plays music on voice command! The car has some of the most attractive features that the best family vehicle should have. Another feature that families love is its trunk, which is 16.5 cubic feet. One disadvantage of the Ford Fusion is that it is thirsty on gas / petrol and so isn’t as fuel economical as other vehicles. It has also been said that its parts can be quite expensive to replace.
7 Seat Volkswagen Jetta
In terms of budget and affordability, the Volkswagen Jetta is also one of the best family cars on the market. Owning this people carrier -esque vehicle at an affordable price is one of the features that helps attract many families to this car. It has a large interior space with a trunk of 15.5 cubic feet. It is larger than some other vehicles in this class with 7 seats as compared to other cars. One of its features that children will definitely love is its video with a touch-screen display. Even though this car has compromised some of its special features in order to make it cheaper, it has an efficiently clean and economical diesel engine. Its standard features make it one of the best cars for family drives in the city and countryside alike.
Hyundai Sonata MPV
The Hyundai Sonata is a medium sized family car. As compared to other vehicles such as the Toyota Camry, this car is a little cheaper. It is efficient in terms of fuel consumption and it provides the buyer with a 5 year warranty. Considering the size of this car, its fuel consumption is very low – helping your wallet. It also has a large interior space for children with 7 seats. It has a boot / trunk whose volume is 16.4 cubic feet and one of the features that make this family car lovable by many is its iPod interface system. However, the car’s features don’t perhaps lend themselves as well to family use as some of the other vehicles we’ve reviewed – for example it has limited storage space.
The Honda Odyssey Minivan
This is the best family car in terms of size and has unique features for larger families. However, the major disadvantage of this car is its high price tag. The Honda Odyssey 2011 has improved second row seats, which are four inches wider than the previous model. You can slide the center section of the second-row seats six inches forward in order to ensure children are within your reach! The third row of seats has extra space of approximately 1.2 inches for stretching legs – whilst this might not sound like much extra it definitely helps. It has useful flip-up trash bag holders and beverage coolers, which are built into the dash’s bottom section. It has a back seat video system with a 16-inch wide screen. The features of the screen enable one child to watch movies while the other one plays video games and it is very efficient in terms of fuel consumption.