Top-Rated Family Vehicles

Posted Thursday, Apr 28, 2022

There are many stages of life, but the one that matters the most is when you’re raising a family. We know that family cars are a big deal here at Investment Auto Group. After all, it’s the primary vehicle that you’ll be driving to take your children to school or take on family road trips. From driving young children to dance classes to teaching your teen driver how to parallel park, finding the best possible car is something we take seriously around here.

You need to be positive about your selection, and there are certain things you need to keep in mind when choosing your next family vehicle. 

Whether it’s a minivan, a truck, or a SUV, you have to consider things like: 

-Inspection reports

-Capacity space

- Technology

-Maintenance 

-Cost of ownership

-Value

-Reliability 

-Cargo

Your new family car needs to be affordable but also one that can comfortably fit your family with extra packing space. It needs to be a vehicle that can get you from point A to point B and back again, even when the drive is over 500 miles! But, we did the digging for you, so you can make an informed decision about what you’re looking for. 

 

2022 Subaru Outback - Probably one of Subaru’s best-selling vehicles, this midsize vehicle checks all the safety features, including stability control, traction, and all-wheel drive, and according to Kelley Blue Book, the Outback earned a maximum of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-test program.  

    • Ideal for families who like to spend their time outdoors. 
    • Ground clearance is 8.7 inches, perfect for off-road trails and snapping a toddler into their car seat. 
    • The interior space is great for passengers and includes top rails to pack or secure extra baggage for trips. It also has touchscreen technology and extra USB ports to accommodate families.

 

2022 Honda Odyssey - The Odyssey was the winner of the US News’ 2022 Best Minivan for Families award, and we can definitely understand why! This vehicle has excellent interior space, but it also scored 5 out of 5 stars on the National Highway Traffic Safety test. It's a definite well-rounded family vehicle that will comfortably seat all your family members. 

    • 10-speed automatic transmission for the right gear for the right time
    • 3 rows, comfortably seating up to 7-8 passengers 
    • Removable seating to get the most spacious cargo space
    • A pleasant, everyday family vehicle 
    • Strong resale value
    • Ideal for families who live in the suburbs or towns

 

Ford F150 - Maximum comfort for a maximum family! The Ford F150 made CarMax’s 30 Best Family Cars List, naming it number one on the “Best Full Size Trucks'' section. It’s perfect for families that want ultimate utility, space, and convenience. This full-size truck has comfortable interior space AND maximum cab space for hauling what you need, where you need it. 

    • Safety features include a multi-camera for backing up, anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, and many others that help keep you and your family safe on the roads.
    • Powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, able to tow up to 14,000 lbs
    • Great off-road truck, the great outdoors await you
    • Includes top-notch technology, like a touchscreen and blind-spot info system

 

2022 Kia Telluride - Now THIS midsize SUV is what you call spacious - something the whole family would definitely enjoy. It made Kelley Blue Book’s 12 Best Family Cars of 2022 list, and we can’t disagree with this choice. There is copious amounts of interior space (3 seat rows, in fact), and it also has one of the industry’s best warranties (10 years/100,000 miles). The all-wheel-drive has “snow mode” and has a sleek, modern feel to the car - luxurious at it’s finest!

    • Affordable, pricing starting at $33,090
    • Comfortably seats 7-8 people, perfect for families
    • It can be driven on the freeway or off-road, thanks to the ground clearance of 8 inches
    • V6 engine, durable enough to drive on freeways 
    • Great up-to-date technology, including 6 USB ports and rear-seat entertainment

 

2022 Toyota Highlander - A definite SUV you’d like to have in the family! Smooth, safe, and superior, this Highlander was named one of US News’ 2022 Best Family Cars for Families, and we think it belongs on our list as well. The hybrid can get up to 35 mpg, depending on your model. The technology in this vehicle is user-friendly, meaning young children can work it. According to US News, it scored an 82 out of 100 in reliability, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Highlander as “Good” in all six crash safety tests.

    • Perfect for the everyday family commuter, smooth steering for a ride on the highway or in downtown cities.
    • 3-row seating, with the third row “geared” toward children. You can also take out this row and get extra cargo space.
    • Includes safety features like pedestrian detection, rearview camera, and many others that help keep you and your family safe. 

 

2022 Honda Accord - The Honda Accord won US News’ 2022 Best Midsize Car for Families award, making this the ideal choice for families of five. We like this car for its spacious cabin AND cargo space, but we also like its great fuel economy - 30/38 mpg for the city and highway. It also was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - their highest award, so you know this car has been thoroughly checked out. 

 

When it comes down to it, your family's safety is our top priority. If you want to further explore your options or have lingering questions, give our office a call, and we’d be happy to help!