You want a vehicle with excellent safety and reliability ratings, which will protect your family. Because of today’s upwardly mobile fuel prices, you want transportation that has excellent gas mileage. I will consider five vehicles (different makes) with city mileage rated at 19MPG and above; looking at minivans and SUVs that fit into this mileage rating.
Nissan Quest This minivan gets 19 city and 25 highway mileage, with comfortable seating for 7. The V6 engine delivers plenty of power and a comfortable ride. It has a starting price around $26,000 with a safety rating of 9.2 (of 10) and 3.5 out of 5 for reliability.
Mazda Mazda5 The Mazda5 is a minivan that delivers 21 city and 28 mpg on the highway; it has a seating arrangement that accommodates six. This vehicle utilizes a four cylinder engine with variable valve timing to accomplish the best gas mileage of our minivans reviewed. The MSRP starts around $20,000. USNews did not rate this vehicle for safety or reliability.
Honda Odyssey LX The mileage rating of 19 highway mileage and 28 in the city is achieved through a six cylinder engine utilizing Variable Cylinder Management®. Configurable seating arrangement seats 7 quite comfortably. The MSRP is around $28,000 and this minivan received a 9.7 safety rating with 3 out of 5 for reliability.
Ford Escape This small SUV seats 5 and gives a gas mileage of 22 city and 31 highway using an inline four cylinder engine. Escape has a MSRP starting around $23,000 and a safety rating of 8.5 and 2.5 (of 5) on reliability.
Hyundai Santa Fe The mileage on this SUV class vehicle is 20 in the city and 27 highway using an inline 4-cylinder engine. The price starts around $25,000 and it seats 5. The safety rating is 9.7 and reliability is 2.5 out of 5.
Which is the best vehicle to safely transport your family to soccer games, picnics, and camping trips? That is completely up to you to research and decide on the best combination of safety, mileage, price, and any other important factors. A test drive coupled with thorough inspection may generate an opinion that differs from the beliefs of reviewers. This is perfectly acceptable because your money is being spent and your “gut feeling” is important. Read, study, drive, and make the best possible choice in a vehicle to serve your family for the next few years.
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