The concept of what makes a good family car has changed dramatically in the past decade. Prior to the 2008 financial collapse, full-sizes SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban were nearly ubiquitous on the cul-de-sacs of America. As unemployment and gas prices rose, many families began to re-evaluate their finances and realized that a family of four simply does not need a full-size SUV the size of a Manhattan loft just to take Billy and Emily to soccer practice.
The truly best family cars for the 2014 model year are those that reflect the ideals a family should pursue in a post-2008 world. Spacious cars with enough seats for the family and ample cargo room dominate the list, but a nod is now given to those vehicles that function as a family car while providing good fuel economy. Would you rather be in a full-size SUV or a slightly smaller vehicle with nearly as much utility that costs less to purchase and less to fuel up? You need to think about saving for family vacations and the kids’ college funds when purchasing your family car and the best 2014 model year family cars are those that allow you to fund what is truly important.
2014 Chevrolet Impala – Starting at $26,860 – 25/35 mpg
There was a time when a large sedan was the family car of choice. Those days are now long gone but they shouldn’t be. Assess your needs and give this full-size American sedan a try when shopping for brand new 2014 family cars. Also, don’t let any stigmas bother you, GM really upped the build quality on this car while keeping the trunk huge.
2014 Honda CR-V – Starting at $23,775 – 23/31 mpg
The CR-V is really an unbeatable package when shopping for family cars, especially if you’re younger and still trying to build a nest egg. This compact crossover SUV has Honda reliability, incredible resale value, and excellent fuel economy while granting you enough space to enjoy family getaways in relative comfort.
2014 Honda Odyssey – Starting at $28,825 – 19/28 mpg
While some consider minivans old hat, these vehicles make excellent family cars for those seeking maximum utility and practicality in an affordable package. The 2014 Honda Odyssey is actually a common sight in many well-to-do neighborhoods with families. Take a test drive of this Honda minivan and you will realize just how much you enjoy the seating and ample cargo area provided by this smart family car.
2014 Subaru Outback – Starting at $23,495 – 24/30 mpg
Wagons were the original SUV before the SUV and even before the minivan. Why deal with poor fuel economy and handling when you can enjoy all of the cargo room of an SUV in a nice, tidy package? The 2014 Subaru Outback offers a relatively invigorating driving experience and the kiddos won’t struggle getting into the vehicle like they do with some of those lofty SUVs. This is a great family car for those wanting something a little less ubiquitous.
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI – Starting at $26,565 – 30/42 mpg
The Jetta Sportwagen is a brilliant choice for the family looking for a little more cargo room in a maneuverable package. If you want to take the kids on a road trip, you will enjoy this family car’s excellent 42-mpg fuel economy rating on the highway. The diesel is the way to go for those seeking fuel economy and driving range.
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