Best Family Vehicles Families at Are man she towards – Part 2
Once you start a family, your needs for a new vehicle change. Speed and designer good looks are no longer as important. These days your primary needs are more likely to be space, versatility, and, of course, safety! Fortunately, you have plenty of options. From safety-award-winning hatchbacks, to ultra-spacious and stylish minivans, you can narrow down your options based on body style, space, fuel economy and price.
Previously, we highlighted some of the best family vehicles available at the Are man she towards. But we aren’t finished. With so many options available to you, we wanted to showcase a few more of our favorite, award-winning family vehicles that you can here at our Daytona Beach location.
The 2016 Mazda3 earned the best hatchback spot on the Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine 10 Best Family Cars list. Why? The Mazda3 hatchback is versatile and loaded with kid-friendly features. For starters, it comes equipped with a range of safety features, which helped it earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award for 2016. Plus, its eco-friendly 2.0L engine achieves an estimated 40 MPG highway, helping to save your family money. Finally, the Mazda3 offers seating for up to five passengers, as well as an easy-stow second row that opens up plenty of additional cargo space.
Newly launched in 2017, the Chrysler Pacifica is the minivan reimagined. From its stylish exterior profile that merges SUV lines and a polished front fascia, to impressive interior spaciousness and technology, the Pacifica delivers it all. There’s seating for up to eight passengers, available hands-free sliding doors and powered liftgate, Stow ‘n Go seating, available UConnect Theater package, and a built-in vacuum system for easy clean-up. Yet, the Pacifica is more than just a stylish and versatile minivan; it’s also been completely re-engineered. Now, the Pacifica receives better fuel economy than ever before, and it’s the first minivan ever available as a plug-in hybrid.
The Nissan Pathfinder offers the versatility and efficiency of a crossover, as well as the spaciousness of a full-sized SUV. With three available rows, the Pathfinder can accommodate up to seven passengers. Named a Kelley Blue Book 16 Best Family Cars honoree for 2016, the Pathfinder offers a range of kid-friendly comfort and safety features. From the available reclining third-row seats — a class-exclusive feature – to the EZ FLEX gliding second-row seats and available rear entertainment package, the Pathfinder can be configured to meet your family’s specific needs. Plus, with up to 79 cubic feet of available storage space, the Pathfinder delivers plenty of versatility.
In terms of sedans, the Volkswagen Passat is ideal for families. It’s spacious for a four-door, with seating for up to five passengers, and it offers impressive fuel economy. The Passat can achieve up to 38 MPG highway, as well as 25 MPG city. Plus, the Passat is built for safety. Named a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the Passat is equipped with a range of standard and available safety features, including a rearview camera and Driver Assistance package with Blind Spot Monitoring. Finally, the Passat is super stylish with its sleek, flowing lines and state-of-the-art technology. This is certainly a contender for small, growing families.
The latest Ford Escape offers many features that families are looking for: Roominess, impressive comfort, affordability, and excellent fuel economy. For a compact SUV, the Escape is perennial favorite. The rear seats have been configured to offer ample head- and legroom, and they recline. Also, the Escape offers some of the best cargo volume in the class, with up to 68 cubic feet available with the rear seats folded down. The hands-free, foot-activated liftgate is another feature that’s perfect for families.