The Best Family Cars, SUVs, and Minivans

Family with young child

As adults, we make many decisions throughout our daily lives. Some decisions are minor. Wheat tortilla or corn tortilla? Red shirt or black shirt? Some decisions, however, are major and requires ample research time. One decision that falls into the major category is the purchase of your next family vehicle. Our families are our number one life priority. When it comes to the decision of what vehicle they will be using every day for the foreseeable future, there are several important factors to consider before your purchase. Below we discuss those factors and list the best family cars available for purchase at Drive Now.

The safety of your family is # 1 priority. Automakers put their product through rigorous testing to ensure their vehicles will hold up in case of an accident. Most vehicles today come equipped with the “LATCH” system, which stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. This system is made up of anchors, hooks, and straps that are built into the car’s seating that help rear-facing child seats remain lodged and secure in case of an accident. Your next family vehicle should have an acceptable latch system.

The drive matters. Vehicles are designed to get you and your family from point A to point B on a daily basis. Not all vehicles drive the same, and good steering and pedal feel can make a world of difference. A vehicle that drives and turns smoothly as expected provides your family with a stress-free ride experience.

When you purchase a vehicle, you want to know it is going to last you for a long time. Certain makes and models have been around for a long time, long enough to be rated as a dependable brand. You also want to know you are getting a fair financial deal. Factors to consider are gas consumption, maintenance, resale value, warranty, and insurance.

Cargo versatiliry for families with lots of accessories. Your family’s next vehicle should be equipped with the design and space to handle all of your accessories and still offer room for a comfortable riding experience.

Technology for a growing family. Many vehicles today come equipped with fun technology that can boost the driving and riding experience for you and your family. Features like rearview cameras, push-button starts, lane keep assists, Bluetooth compatibility and built-in DVD players all contribute to a quality family friendly vehicle.

Top Five Best Family Cars

Best Sedan – Hyundai Sonata


  • 5-star overall safety rating
  • Top ratings for legroom and cargo space
  • Great value and warranty

Best Minivan – Chrysler Pacifica

  • 9-speed transmission shifts quickly and smoothly
  • Efficient fuel economy
  • Large and roomy

Best Full Sized SUV – Ford Expedition

  • Top rated third-row seating
  • Excellent resale value
  • Smooth and powerful ride

Best Two Row SUV – Chevrolet Equinox

  • Loaded with convenience features
  • Top safety rating
  • Excellent cargo space

Best Three-Row SUV – Toyota Highlander

  • Reliable with excellent resale value
  • Loaded with safety features
  • Drives excellent

Find all of the above cars and more at Drive Now. Come visit one of our many lots throughout the state or shop online on our easy and convenient website.