If you are looking to buy a new vehicle for your family this year, look no further. These 2014 model vehicles were all top picks for families by Cars.com and US News and World Report this year. While some vehicles on this list may surprise you, some of these have made the list for the last several years now. Buying a new car is a big decision, and you should always do your research before you start looking!
Honda Odyssey Minivan – The new Honda Odyssey Minivan is just what you might picture for a bigger family- but this year, it has more features than ever before and is really quite sleek for a minivan. It comes with a 6 speed automatic transmission, dual-stage airbags, an 8-inch high resolution TV screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, cruise control, a SMS text message function, an in-car vacuum, a spacious interior, and it seats up to 8 people. It gets an average gas mileage of 19 city/28 highway, and the average price runs between $ 27,420- $41,797. This minivan is perfect for the mom on the go with a big family, or a dad who frequently chauffeurs other kids to soccer games. It was voted “2014 Best Minivan for Families” for the fourth year in a row by US News and World Report.
Mazda 3 Hatchback – This hatchback was voted “2014 Best Compact Car for Families” by US News and World Report. It gets great gas mileage with 30 city/41 highway, has child safety locks, and you can get a 6 speed manual or automatic transmission. The Mazda has front and side airbags, brake assist, moon roof, heated front seats, keyless entry, blind spot monitoring, tire pressure a monitoring system, traction control and more. The price for a new Mazda 3 generally ranges from $17,234-$26,523. It has a great performance and high tech safety features, along with a spacious interior. This is a great car for smaller families, and has plenty of room for luggage as well. With great gas mileage and an awesome price, this car is a fantastic pick for families on a tighter budget.
Jeep Grand Cherokee – Surprisingly, a Jeep made the U.S. News and World Report’s list of “Best 2014 SUV’s for Families”. Often times, Jeeps are thought to be unsafe and are known for their rough rides, but I own a Jeep myself and absolutely love it. The 2014 Grand Cherokee is a 2 row midsize SUV. The average price runs between $29,187-$63,552. The mileage isn’t the best, it gets 17 city/25 highway, but if you can deal with that, it is a great SUV and has plenty of room in the trunk for hauling luggage, strollers, diaper bags, soccer gear, etc. This is the perfect SUV for an adventurous family who enjoys the outdoors.
Nissan Quest Minivan – Carpool in style with the Nissan Quest Minivan. The Nissan Quest has an average gas mileage of 19 city/25 highway, has 7 total seats, and 4 doors. The starting price is $25,990. It has a permanent rear storage well, fold down 2nd and 3rd row seats, and a tire pressure monitoring system. This minivan is great for a family on the go, and can comfortably seat everyone in your family.
Buick Enclave – The 2014 Buick Enclave starts at $38,990, and has a gas mileage of 17 city/ 24 highway. It holds quite an army of people, as it is a 3 row midsize SUV. The Enclave comes in many different colors, and some of its many features include: Sirius XM radio, a rearview camera, OnStar, heated front seats, and traction control. This very sleek and luxurious SUV comes with all the bells and whistles, and will make parents feel stylish, but will also satisfy the kids as well.
Whatever vehicle you decide on, make sure your new ride fits the needs of your family. Don’t let the car salesman talk you into features and extra things that you don’t need. It’s always best to make a list of the most important features for you and your family. No matter how luxurious that new car may be, don’t wander from your list when car shopping! Take a look at the websites below for reviews and rating on these 2014 vehicles.