Family – that’s the most important thing to a man. And when it comes to picking family car, you gotta go with safety first. The majors in the industry are doing their best to provide the most advanced safety systems to keep our loved ones safe, and Toyota – the Japanese company – is considered to be the leader of safety equipment and features. Ever since the 70s the market of family cars has been one of the most profitable ones, and today we’ve got all kinds of awesome offers. So much so that it could be pretty difficult to make sense of them all and find just the right pick for you.
Well, that’s why you have me 🙂 I’ll help you sort through all the talent on the market and give you a few tips/pointers for objective decision-making. A family vehicle must be spacious, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and, obviously, affordable. But, thanks to the technological progress, today a family car can also be cool. Yep, who says a family car can’t be swaged out? I say it can! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best models in the industry and try and pick the coolest family car.
Toyota Highlander 2016 Family Car
The Toyota Highlander 2016 is the 3rd model in the current gen, and it is still one of the best picks among family-oriented crossover SUVs. If what you’re looking for is a 3-row beauty with front/all-wheel drive, a choice between 4-cyl/V6 and 5 trims, then the Highlander will most definitely hit your sweet spot. This vehicle stands out for being quite generous when it comes to technological features and safety equipment, offering a spacious, classy and comfortable interior, decent fuel-efficiency and appealing looks. All in all, the Highlander lands high and, as far as middle-class SUVs go, it’s the coolest family car I know. And it’s pretty affordable – the standard-level LE trim will cost you 30K; however, the ultimate trim, the Highlander Limited will top that with 10 additional grand. The Hybrid Limited, in turn, gets dangerously close to the mid-luxury threshold: 48K and counting.
Me, I’d recommend going for the LE Plus or the XLE (34 and 37K respectively), because these two offer the best value for the money. I personally own a Highlander 2015 XLE and am super happy with it. If you wanna check out the competition, take a look at Honda’s Pilot and Ford’s Explorer – the other two great crossover SUVs on the market right now (and maybe also Honda’s CR-V). The Pilot has been fully redesigned for the 2015 model year and looks and feels pretty awesome. The Explorer also went through a major update recently and offers a mighty V6 for the upper trims.
Toyota Sienna 2016 Family Car
Hands down, when it comes to minivans, the Toyota Sienna is the coolest family car out there – no question about it. It’s considered to be the best minivan on the market right now and has about 100 awards and nominations in the trunk (and I’m not kidding). To keep it simple, I’m just gonna say that if you’ve got a big happy family that you want to take around town in comfort and style, while having fun and enjoying the ride, then you can’t find anything better than the Sienna. It provides seating for 8 and class-exclusive AWD (all-wheel drive). Last year the company redesigned the vehicle’s interior, and so today we can enjoy even cozier seats, better material quality and a more user-friendly dashboard.
The basic-level L trim costs as little as 29K (trust me, it’s more than fair for a car like that) with the highest trim – Limited – priced at 42K. As always, I recommend sticking to the golden middle with the LE and SE editions. Now, even though nobody can top Toyota’s minivan, I strongly suggest checking out Kia’s Sedona and Honda’s Odyssey – they’re the closest thing to a rivalry and might be a better pick for you if you’re looking for something different. Tech savvy, comfort level and fuel-efficiency is almost identical, while the Odyssey has a few tricks of its own, and the Sedona costs a bit less.
Toyota Camry 2016 Family Car
When we talk about the best family sedans, somebody always mentions the Toyota Camry, simply because it is an awesome model. It’s been around for a couple of decades and knows exactly what you and your family need to be happy – class-leading reliability, safety, comfort and efficiency. Pretty easy, huh? Last year the company upgraded their best-selling sedan, and today it looks so up-to-date that you might think it’s not the good-old Camry anymore. Fortunately, it is: under that new stylish exterior you’ll still find familiar things like a super-cozy driver’s seat, an easy-to-access and user-friendly center stack of controls, more room in the back than even the tallest folks might need, and so much more. Pricing starts at 23K for the basic L trim and goes as high as 30K for the Hybrid XLE. So, if you’re in the market for something tried-and-true, the latest Camry is your soul-mate.
On the other hand, if you’re into something more sporty, check out the SE edition – it’s quite a thing. If not, then sticking with the standard edition would be a wise decision, because, although competition is rising, you won’t find anything quite as good as the Japanese princess. Ford’s Fusion is the closest thing to a sibling, with similar features, MPGs and HPs. Honda’s Accord, the next big thing in the industry, is an all-around solid vehicle, with a sleek design, tech savvy and tons of tiny (but important) details. Hyundai’s Sonata and Mazda’s Mazda 6 are just a smidge behind the leaders, but still great models altogether.
Toyota Prius V 2016 Family Car
Yep, I know, this is the 4th vehicle from Toyota today, but come on, what do you want me to do – the Japanese know how to manufacture solid family cars and they also know how to make them stand out. But this is the last one from Toyota, I promise 🙂 So, what can I tell you about the Prius V that you don’t already know? Well, first of all, this is the big-bad edition of the Prius, with seating for 7, a spacious interior, generous cargo capacity (you’ve got 34.3 cubic feet at your disposal with the back seats up and 67.3 with them folded; class-leading) and…the worst fuel-efficiency between the standard edition and the compact C (that’s 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 44MPG in the city; 42 combined). However, if you take into consideration the impressive dimensions (and thus, a roomy and cozy interior), those EPA estimates will actually be quite solid.
There aren’t much models out there to match the mighty Prius V – only the Ford C-MAX, which provides better handling and a nicer interior (however, not nearly as much room and cargo space), and the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, if you can forget about that nasty tailpipe emissions scandal and judge it only by the major characteristics, all of which are pretty dope. Obviously, there are a lot of fuel-efficient and spacious wagons in the segment, but they simply can’t match the bar set by Toyota with the Prius V. So, my advice is – don’t even bother. The “V” is the coolest family car for y’all wagon fans, period.
Nissan Rogue 2016 Family Car
Alright, let’s see what the market offers besides Toyota. Welcome the Nissan Rogue, an all-around solid crossover SUV with 30MPG combined, a price-tag of 25K and luxury-level looks. Yep, it’s just that great, and comes with a pretty strong 2.5-lit 4-cylinder and all-wheel drive. Furthermore, despite the more than affordable price-tag, interior-wise this vehicle can compete with models twice as pricey: you’ve got comfy seats, a big-ass center console with all the necessary knobs and buttons right there at your disposal, and about 40 cubic feet of cargo capacity with all the seats up. In addition, the standard-level trim now comes packed with cruise control, keyless entry, air-conditioning, Bluetooth/iPod/USB connections, a 4-speaker sound system, and so much more (the coolest family car, right?) Come on, you’re still reading? Go and check it out at your local dealership! Or, better yet, schedule a test-drive and take it for a spin!
Chevrolet Traverse 2016 Family Car
General Motors is one of the majors in the segment of family vehicles, and the brand-new 2016 Traverse is a true American champ. It’s built on the same platform as friendly Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, so, the architecture is superb. The Traverse can seat up to 8 passengers in the roomy and cozy interior and provides as much as 116 cubic feet of cargo capacity – the best in the class. Techy features and safety equipment are yet another reason to go with Chevy this year. However, the starting price-tag might scare a lot of potential buyers: you’ve got 31K against the Rogue’s 25 and the Highlander’s 30, but it can’t really beat either one of them. Still, it holds its own and will serve you and your family for long years.
Ford Flex 2016 Family Car
The latest offering from Ford is flexing like it was born to stunt. And don’t let that boxy-shaped look fool ya: you’re dealing with a top-notch crossover SUV that will make every last penny work for you. It’s essentially a mini-minivan, with seating for 7 and 80 cubic feet of cargo room. There’s plenty of legroom and headroom in the interior, plus, that boxy shape makes this car ideal for stacking tons of luggage into the truck. True, the 22MPG of combined driving doesn’t make any of today’s contestants raise their eyebrows, but that’s well compensated by a DVD entertainment stack for the rear seats, a multi-panel sunroof and a sliding 2nd-row captain’s seat. Overall, the Ford Flex is the coolest family car if you’re all about thinking outside the box and spending 30K on a futuristically-shaped SUV.
Porsche Cayenne 2016 Family Car
Alright, let’s finish this off with a tiny bit of luxury. With a starting price of 50K, this doll offers 300HP and a max speed of 142MPH. Fuel-efficiency is decent – 22MPG combined. In the trunk you’ll get 24 cubic feet of cargo space (63 with the seats folded), luxury-level materials, seats and features. Obviously, this one stands out from the bunch, but come to think of it, the Porsche Cayenne 2016 is a pretty great car for family duties, and it’s the best-selling model by the company in the US, which automatically makes it the coolest family car with a 50K price-tag.
And that concludes my review of the coolest family cars! As always, I encourage you to share your personal tops in the comments and ask any questions you have. Au revoir!
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