Parents upgrade and buy a lot of things to ensure their kids are as safe as possible in and around the house; however, when it comes to making sure everyone is safe on the road, do you know the best cars for families with young kids? While we certainly hope state of the art safety features won’t be needed, with over three million injuries each year from car accidents, it’s important to be prepared just in case.
Finding Family Friendly Cars
Before heading to your nearest car dealership, sit down and consider what you want and need from a new vehicle. What features do you want to have? How much space do you need inside? Do you want a new vehicle or a used one? Answering these questions will make it easier to decide which vehicle is best for you and your family. You’re not going to want a small four-door sedan if you have multiple kids who all need to carry around backpacks, sports gear, and all of their friends on weekends. Once you have a general idea of what type of vehicle you need, it’s time to consider a few of the best rated for families. To help make the search easier, here are six of the best new and used vehicles of 2020.
New SUV: 2019 Honda CR-V
The 2019 Honda CR-V is perfect for smaller families. Achieving 30 mpg and featuring a spacious interior with folding rear seats, you can expect up to 76 cubic feet of cargo space, perfect for school bags, sports gear, and luggage for family vacations. Furthermore, it comes with a turbocharged engine and is incredibly responsive, something you wouldn’t expect from a compact SUV, making it easy and fun to drive. The key safety features include lane assist, adaptive cruise control, cross-traffic alerts, and emergency braking. All of which coalesce to ensure that you have optimal control and awareness when on the road.
New Car: 2019 Honda Accord
For families who prefer cars to SUVs, the 2019 Honda Accord is something to check out. Sporting a chic interior with a user-friendly design, this car offers both functionality and luxury for family fun and safety. The backseat is spacious enough to accommodate large child seats, and the large trunk makes it easy to pack up everyone’s bags and gear. The standard safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, and emergency braking. Coupled with its fuel-efficiency and four-cylinder engine, this car is perfect for busy parents who want safety, style, and ease all rolled into one. Oh, and it’s available in a hybrid model as well; a win for eco-friendly parents everywhere!
New Truck: The Ram 1500
While sales of light trucks rose in 2017 to 11.1 million units, the Ram 1500 full-size truck is changing the game. With a surprisingly quiet interior and ample rear passenger space — with reclining seats — this truck is like nothing you’ve ever driven before. Capable of towing up to 11,500 pounds and coming with a zoomable backup camera, this truck is perfect for on the go families, especially those who haul trailers, bikes, or boats for outdoor activities. Safety features here include blind-spot monitoring, especially helpful for seeing around trailers or just trying to make lane changes for everyday driving. If you’re an active family that needs the functionality of a truck, without compromising space, the Ram 1500 is something to look at.
Used SUV: Toyota 4Runner
This SUV can handle both offroading and overactive kids. Combining rugged durability with comfort and style, this SUV features ample seating for multiple kids and space to pack extra bags and equipment. It’s multi-terrain system also makes it handy for maneuvering in tricky weather situations, especially helpful if you live in colder climates where driving in snow can be a hassle. When it comes to safety you can expect extra stability control, anti-lock brakes, and full coverage airbags to help protect everyone in the event of an accident. Whether you’re tackling backwoods trails or the concrete jungle, this SUV can get you through.
Used Car: Honda Civic
There were nearly 40 million used vehicles bought in 2018 alone, and when it comes to cars like the Honda Civic, it isn’t hard to see why. Featuring a sleek spacious interior, this car offers more space than you’d expect. Capable of catering to multiple kids, you’ll be hardpressed to find a better used car for families. Safety features here include lane departure, forward collision alert, lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and brake assist, along with many more. And, if that wasn’t enough, these cars can last on the road will past 200,000 miles, meaning you’re likely to pass it on to your kids years in the future!
Used Truck: Toyota Tacoma
Like the Honda Civic, the Tacoma is a truck that will last you. Also capable of lasting well past 250,000 miles, this truck is as heavy-duty as they come, without sacrificing space and comfort. Safety features include stability control, brake assist, pre-collision detection systems, and lane departure alerts. With towing capabilities of up to 6,800 pounds, just like with the Ram 1500, this truck is for on the go families who want power and durability while still being able to load up comfortably without a hassle.
If you’re looking for the best vehicle for your family, these six options are something to consider. Keep in mind the features you want and the activities you need your vehicle for before heading to your local dealership and taking a test drive. You may even want to bring your kids along, if only to have them show you how to use all the latest gadgets!