If you and your family are looking to upgrade your wheels this year, look no further. The best family cars of 2021 have officially been ranked based on a combination of safety, reliability, space, convenience, and connectivity. There is something for families of all kinds and at all stages. Let’s break them down.
Ranked as the best family car in 2021, the Outback is versatile and affordable. In this station wagon, you’ll be ready for anything that the daily grind throws your way with plenty of cargo and trunk space, plus Subaru’s EyeSightdriver-aid suite which includes adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, blind spots monitoring, and lane departure warning. This rugged car can also easily handle your family’s weekend trips and adventures with all-wheel drive, a lower center of gravity for improved handling, and a buyer’s choice of two powerful boxer engines. The Outback is also equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to keep the family entertained.
Considered to be the best car for larger families, the Pacifica is comfortable and beyond spacious. Best for big, busy families with a whole lot of cargo and passengers to boot, this minivan has room for up to eight passengers and offers innovative interior storage options so you can always fit everything- and everyone- you need. What’s more: it rides incredibly smoothly. Equipped with front and rear entertainment systems so the whole family can enjoy their favorites en route, the Pacifica should keep everybody happy. Chrysler even offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain option for the Pacifica to stay on top of your fuel spending.
The Bolt has been rated the best electric family car because it proves that going green doesn’t have to be a compromise. As sustainability increasingly grows to the top of peoples’ minds, the auto industry is getting smart with electric cars. The Chevrolet Bolt stands out among the crowd because it’s affordable, spacious (seating five passengers), available nationwide, and is five-star rated by the NHTSA for safety. It also has a recently updated lithium-ion battery pack which stores enough electricity for up to 259 miles of range, according to the EPA. Packed with high-tech features like a touchscreen infotainment system, the Bolt will let you know how many miles you have before needing a charge, plus where the closest charging station is.
Rated the best mid-sized sedan for families who don’t need quite as much wiggle room, the Accord is comfortable and versatile. Don’t be fooled, however, there is still plenty of space for adults and full-sized car seats to fit in the back seat, plus loads of trunk space. With Honda Sensing safety technology, the Accord has also won safety awards for its collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. These features also make it an attractive choice for families with new, teen drivers on the road.
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What to look for in a family car:
• Size and space
Whether you need to fit lots of kids, full-sized car seats, lots of equipment for after-school activities, or all of the above, you’ll want to ensure you have the space for everything you need.
• Family lifestyle
Are you and your family going on hiking adventures every weekend? On long road trips? Or maybe just to school and dance classes. Wherever you’re off to, look for the right fit for your lifestyle.
Families with young drivers might seek special safety features. Families who embark on long commutes will want great entertainment technology. Whatever you need, there is a feature to suit you.
• Fuel efficiency
It is important to compare fuel efficiencies, especially for busy, commuting families, to be sure you get enough bang for your buck.
Safety is of the utmost importance for you and your family. Be sure you feel comfortable getting behind the wheel with your family in tow.
How to lower costs on family vehicles:
Seeing as family cars are often larger vehicles, they tend to be more expensive to buy and run. Here are some ways to save:
• Buy used. Save up front and dodge the depreciation hit on your vehicle.
• Consider an electric or hybrid vehicle to lower or even eliminate your gas bill.
• Choose a car with less features. Your kids may have to survive without in-car entertainment screens, because sacrificing luxury features can reduce the overall price of a vehicle.
• Take the time to shop around for lower car insurance and compare options. Making the effort to do some research will pay off in the long run.
Families of all types and sizes will be able to ride in style, safety and comfort in 2021. No matter
your budget or your lifestyle, you are sure to find a car to fit your family’s needs.