Every family has their own unique transportation needs and even though things like fuel efficiency and safety will always be the top of the list of requirements, so are those family-friendly features manufacturers are increasingly adding into today’s family vehicle range.
Thankfully, there are lots of cars that meet this requirement. So, whether you are a family with small children and infants or have a mix of pre-teens and college age children, you will find something to suit your taste, here is our list of the top 15 family cars for 2018.
Top 4 Best Family SUVs
SUVs have always been a favourite for families of different sizes, so here we take a look at 4 of the best 3 rowed and 2 rowed SUVs for families in the market this year.
- Volkswagen Atlas
Launched in 2017, Volkswagen Atlas defies the norm that a 3 row SUV does not have enough legroom in the third row. This American-built German product provides a lot of legroom at the back making it ideal for any family mix or size – toddlers, pre-teens and even college age children. This car is easy to drive, has light and tight steering and is built in such a way that installing a child car seat is a breeze. It also comes with a pretty impressive warranty.
- Chevrolet Traverse
Families of up to 8 members will love the all new Chevrolet Traverse. This American-built SUV sports virtually all the features needed in a family vehicle – fuel efficiency, adequate legroom, easy handling and so much more. It is not just great for moving the family about, but even pets, toys and the occasional gear you want to haul safely on a winter trip. We can safely say that this is the most feature-packed SUV in the group.
- Honda CR-V
If a 3 row SUV is not your style, then the 2018 2 row Honda CR-V could be. Even though there is isn’t much in the way of an exterior design change as the car was completely redesigned for 2017, this SUV boasts some pretty impressive interior upgrades. For the safety conscious family, the superior security features and number of driver assistant technologies built into the Honda CR-V will suit your needs perfectly.
- Kia Soul
The boxy look of the 2018 Kia Soul can be quite deceiving. This low-cost family SUV is extremely rugged, versatile and will meet any demand you place on it. Well suited for a family of 5, the 2018 Kia Soul comes with a lot of features that will make any time on the road well worth it. I am talking the best of creature comforts combined with adequate space and storage. And don’t forget the impressive fuel efficiency.
Top 3 Best Family Minivans
Minivans are still one of the most popular forms of family transport. In fact, as a family vehicle, the minivan has no equal in terms of practicality, durability, space and efficiency. Read further for 3 of our top family minivans for 2018.
- 2018 Honda Odyssey
In the family of minivans, the 2018 Honda Odyssey remains one of the most popular. The manufacturers built the vehicle with the family in mind. Everything from the entertainment system, to the information devices and safety features mark the 2018 Honda Odyssey as the minivan for the family. This van is incredibly powerful, thanks to its 280hp, 3.5 litre V6 engine, but it is also pleasant to drive.
- Toyota Sienna 2018
The Toyota Sienna is one of the most popular minivans in the market. This classic Toyota has not lost its appeal after three generations. This minivan received a few upgrades for 2018 but remains the only minivan in the market available in all-wheel drive. The updated rear entertainment system makes it possible for the whole family to join in the fun during long trips, while the large back space is ideal for lugging family paraphernalia about.
- 2018 Chrysler Pacifica
Very few people know that it was Chrysler that invented the minivan, but what we do know is that the company is dedicated to bringing out minivans that will suit all families regardless of size. This is why Chrysler Pacifica was introduced a couple of years ago to replace Chrysler Town & Country. This change makes their minivan even more pleasurable to drive. The large cabin space can accommodate seven people (or eight at a squeeze), and the van comes with all the necessary bells and whistles required in a family van of its class.
Top 4 Best Family Hatchbacks
With the influx of SUVs and minivans into the market, the traditional hatchbacks appear to be taking a backseat. But that does not make them any less useful as family vehicles. In fact, hatchbacks remain one of the most enduring family vehicles of all time, what with its superior practicality and huge boot space. Check out our list of top 4 best family hatchbacks for 2018.
- Vauxhall Astra hatchback
Even though the latest Vauxhall Astra hatchback has been on the market since 2015, it still holds its own favourably with other more recent competitors. This Astra is built to be more aesthetically pleasing than previous models and comes with a plush interior. The Vauxhall Astra hatchback can serve as efficient family transport, while providing a quiet and comfortable ride.
- Hyundai i30 hatchback
The Hyundai i30 is a stylish family hatchback vehicle that is not just pleasing to the eye but comes with some really good features. Impressive safety technology such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane keeping assistance will come in handy for families with little children jumping about in a moving car. This vehicle also gives the driver the option to choose between petrol and diesel engine variants.
- Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius combines the functionality of a traditional hatchback with the efficiency and eco-friendliness of an electric car. The 5 person capacity, 2 row hatchback will give you more than 50 miles to the gallon, and combined with the efficiency of its self-charging motor, you are looking at good savings on gas. Toyota Prius offers more cabin space than a regular hybrid with enough space in the back for packing luggage and other family items.
- Subaru Outback
Not many cars can boast a combination of hatchback practicality, truck-like features of an SUV and the smooth driving of a traditional sedan, but all of this is what makes Subaru Outlook unique and special. At first glance, you may mistake this hatchback for a small sized SUV and that is not where the similarities end. The Subaru Outlook is as rugged as they come and will provide almost the same level of comfort and function at a lesser price.
Top 4 Best Family Sedans
Sedans have always been, and will always be, a part of our automobile culture and despite the popularity of SUVs and minivans; there are still a few sedans that can meet the demand of the modern family. Here, we look at a few of them.
- 2018 Ford Fusion
In its 6th year of production, the Ford Fusion remains a family favourite in the mid-sized sedan range. The Ford Fusion is a confident car and is capable of going fast for a long time, thanks to its turbo charged 1.5 litre, 4-cylinder engine. This vehicle comes with a decent interior, advanced sync 3 infotainment system and all the necessary bells and whistles needed for a family car of its class.
- 2018 Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry remains the family car of choice the world over. Over the years, it has become the benchmark for which other family sedans are judged. The standard 4-cylinder engine provides enough power to balance fuel economy and vehicle efficiency. But there is also the V6 version for families that require a bit more torque. Whatever the version, the Toyota Camry will remain a favourite for families.
- 2018 Honda Accord
Just like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord has managed to rewrite the history of sedans for families. The Honda Accord has been successful as a family car for generations but that is nothing to compare to this year’s model. For 2018, Honda Accord came with its sleekest design yet. This very beautiful car with a more powerful and improved engine that also boasts an impressive array of safety features necessary for a family car.
- 2018 Mazda6
Mazda 6 is possibly one of the most beautiful mid-sized sedans in the market today. This model is not for a family that wants to remain anonymous, as the bold and confident look of this car is eye-catching. Its modern interior comes with an excellent array of instruments and features that will make this car perfect for young couples and growing families.
There you have it, 15 of the top family cars for 2018. Remember. If you have a family friendly vehicle that you have enjoyed tremendously, and you think it is worth a mention, let us know about it. It could be the car the next reader is looking for.