9 Top-Rated Family Cars
With our growing family, I knew we would need to finally upgrade our second car, which was technically mine though my husband drove it more. It was a two-door, almost 10-year-old car that was struggling more and more each day. Also, having two car seats and two kiddos in the back just wasn't feasible. I wanted to share what I found during my family car research, including the minivan we chose. The best part is that there are several top-rated family car options that aren't minivans but still come equipped with all the amenities of seven- and eight-passenger rides without having to purchase a gigantic SUV!
9 Top-Rated Family Cars
At first I began looking into getting a four-door car. I swore I’d never drive a minivan. But the more research I did into family cars, the more I realized how a larger vehicle made sense for my family and would allow us more versatility when it came to road trips. So about a month ago, I bit the bullet and became the proud owner of a minivan, and I couldn’t be happier!
While we don’t plan on having more than two kids, having this larger vehicle makes life so much easier when toting around the kiddos and all the things that come along with them, especially as they grow. And really, I can’t wait for this summer when we head out for our first family of four road trip.
Scroll through to check out 9 top rated family cars!
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Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan was the choice of minivan for my family. Not only is it the original minivan, but it is also the top-selling minivan in America. With its affordable base price, the Dodge Grand Caravan has become very appealing for many families. We never considered getting a minivan until we realized we could actually afford this one!
Since purchasing this, I’ve noticed that just about every other minivan I see on the road is a Dodge Grand Caravan. It has Stow ‘n Go seating, which makes it easier to configure the car whatever way you want and allows for extra storage below the second-row seats. And being massively pregnant, I’m grateful for being able to easily maneuver the seats. What I personally love about the Dodge is how easy it is to latch and tether car seats in. It just takes a few minutes and you’re good to go. My daughter, however, is obsessed with the sliding doors and loves being able to walk around in it. As you can see, we are a happy, almost family of four, with our new minivan.
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The Honda Odyssey is probably the most coveted minivan these days as its newest feature is a built-in vacuum in the back. It also has customizable second-row seating to allow for a third car seat, making it an eight-passenger van. If you need more space, the third row of seats can easily fold down as well! Another fun feature is a flip-up trash bag ring so the kiddos in the back can have a place to put all their garbage. In the EX L model and above, there’s even an awesome box feature to keep drinks and snacks cool during long road trips.
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Attention moms who swore they would never buy a minivan: The Nissan Quest, which looks more like a crossover than a minivan, is for you. The wrap around the windows in the back make this minivan very sleek looking. In addition, both the second- and third-row seats fold down. And when not folded down, the space below provides extra storage. What’s even cooler is that the console for the second-row seats makes it easy for the kids in the back seat to have effortless access to drinks and treats. Nissan also boasts low fatigue front seats, specially designed to keep the adults comfortable on those long family drives.
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The Mazda5 is a great option for those not needing the seven-passenger seat option as it provides plenty of space for six passengers. It’s the top choice for a smaller minivan with all the conveniences of a larger minivan, and it has a great price to boot! The third row of seats easily fold down to allow extra cargo space. And because of its smaller size, it gets great gas mileage with 21mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway.
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Chrysler Town and Country
The Chrysler Town and Country has Stow ‘N Go seating for both the second and third row of seats, with extra floor storage when the seats are upright. The Town and Country is also known for its standard luxury features like leather seats and power sliding rear doors. You’ll definitely feel like you’re traveling in style while toting the family around. I probably spot this minivan around town almost as much as I see the Dodge Grand Caravan and Honda Odyssey. And of course behind the wheel are mommas driving the kiddos around in style!
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The Toyota Sienna gets kuddos from Kelly Blue Book because of its high resale value. It’s another eight-passenger option minivan just like the Honda Odyssey with an option for a third seat in the second row. The third row of seats folds down, which allows for extra storage when they are upright. Third row access is super easy as the second row slides up effortlessly. Also, its sports sedan-inspired styling won’t make you feel like you’re toting around a huge minivan.
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The Honda Pilot is a popular eight-seat SUV among families who don’t want to go the minivan route, but want the extra space. There are various configurations of how you can fold down the seats to accommodate various passenger numbers with whatever loads you need to carry. The benefits of going this route is that a trailer hitch is standard so you can pull that pop-up camper behind you for those family camping trips. In addition, it’s standard for the back window to pop up for tailgating or the comfort of drive-in movies while the kids in the back snuggle under blankets.
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The Ford Flex is considered to be a large crossover vehicle with a very spacious interior that can accommodate seven passengers. This vehicle is known for its extra legroom for second- and third-row passengers. The third-row seats fold down for extra storage. It also has a tailgate feature, an upgrade, which makes it perfect for handing out snacks at soccer games when it’s your turn to bring the treats. You can also add on a second-row refrigerated console for the kiddos to have cold drinks and cool snacks with ease.
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For the Toyota Highlander, seven-seat passenger room is standard, but if you upgrade to any of the other three models, an eight-seat passenger option is available. With their 2014 model, they designed it to be sleeker, with larger windows, to make it feel more open inside. The second- and third-row seats are slightly elevated to allow for perfect viewing during those family road trips to keep the kids occupied. The second row tilts and folds to allow for easy access to the third row. And both the second and third rows fold down flat to allow for extra cargo space, with various configurations available.
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