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The Best Family Vehicles

These family rides are tough to beat.

There are plenty of options when it comes to buying a vehicle. From two-door sports cars, to pickups and everything in between. But when it comes to taming the American family, which vehicles are best?

Nearly every publication has their own rankings of the best family vehicles and with so many options, it’s no wonder why. The size of your family is arguably the biggest factor in figuring out the type of vehicle you need. Here are some great choices.

Chevrolet Suburban: A recent recipient of US News “Best Cars for Families” award and one of the few true remaining family SUVs that can handle nearly anything you throw its way, the 2015 Suburban can hold up to nine people and over 120 cubic feet of cargo for under $50,000. All-new for 2015, the Suburban features a plethora of amenities including available 4G LTE Wi-Fi and up to 13 charging ports (including available wireless charging) to help keep everyone connected. Other highlights include a cargo management system, hands-free power liftgate, Chevy MyLink, and a rear seat entertainment system.

Buick Enclave: The Buick Enclave (MSRP $39,050) is perfect for a larger family thanks to its eight-passenger seating (seven-passenger seating is an option) over three rows of seating with a maximum of 115.2 cubic feet of cargo. Features such as the SmartSlide system that helps getting to the third row even easier, add in the Buick QuietTuning process, with sound blocking features, and you’ll experience an interior that is far more advanced than nearly all of its competitors.

"The 2015 Buick Enclave is a midsize-to-large luxury crossover that boasts exceptional practicality, high-end touches and impressive gas mileage,” according to AutoTrader. “It's made huge strides compared to old Buick models, combining impressive fit and finish with state-of-the-art technology. For those in need of a premium family hauler, there might be no better choice -- unless you're looking to tow a big boat or crawl up the side of a mountain."

Honda Odyssey: Minivans may be the ultimate family vehicle with plenty of cargo and passenger capability, and the 2015 Odyssey may be the best of the bunch. In addition to being named #1 in the Minivan segment by US News, it was also named to their “Best Cars for Families” list, and it was given a “2015 Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Speaking of safety, the Odyssey is one of the only vehicles on the market to offer five Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH). The Odyssey is available with the exclusive HondaVAC, which is a built-in vacuum system that makes cleaning up a breeze. Some of the other available family friendly amenities include power sliding doors, flip-up trash ring, tri-zone climate control and massive 16.2-inch Honda DVD Ultrawide rear Entertainment system.

"The sliding doors make it easy to get in and out, even in tight parking lots, there's plenty of room for eight passengers, and cargo space is unparalleled,” Kelley Blue Book said. “But the Honda Odyssey also has a fuel-efficient and powerful V6 engine, surprisingly good [handling,] and enough creature comforts to let you think you're behind the wheel of a luxury car, and not the quintessential family hauler."

Ford Fusion Hybrid: For families that aren’t quite as large, the Fusion Hybrid adds stellar fuel economy to an already impressive four-door sedan. Starting at an MSRP of $26,890, the Fusion Hybrid can achieve speeds of up to 85 mpg in electric mode, achieving a fuel efficiency of 44 mpg city and 41 mpg highway through its 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle powerplant. Both SYNC and MyFord Touch help maintain connectivity while keeping your eyes on the road. There are also plenty of standard and available safety features including a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning, and so much more.

In addition to being named a US News “Best Cars for Families” winner, Edmunds added high marks as well.

"Other hybrid sedans, including the Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and related Kia Optima Hybrid, are also solid choices, though they can't match the overall appeal of the Fusion or Accord. Our pick is the Fusion," according to Edmunds.

There are plenty of great family vehicles on the market today, so stop by and let us help you get the financing you need and get into that new vehicle.


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