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What Should You Look for in a Family Vehicle?

posted 07 July, 2017 by Julie Briggs

A great family car is about so much more than getting from Point A to Point B. You’ll want something that’s safe, comfortable, fits your unique lifestyle, and is maybe even a little stylish. Whether you opt for a minivan, SUV, or sedan; there are almost an endless array of options to suit your needs. When making a selection be sure to note features like seating and storage capacity, gas economy, four-wheel drive, handling, or any extra features you may want.

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Here’s Spiffy’s breakdown of some things to look for in your next family vehicle.

Safety First

Whether you have a “baby on board” or your kids are entering their teen years, checking safety ratings should be a top priority. While NHTSA and IIHS safety ratings are important, they may not always prevent crashes and fatalities. Safe driving is very important, and more tech is on the horizon to make driving safer easier for busy parents. Already, many vehicles are equipped with extra features like backup cameras, blind spot cameras, and lane departure warnings to keep you and your brood safe and sound on the open road. According to US News and World Report, some of the safest options for 2017 include the Chevy Malibu Hybrid, the Cadillac CTS, and and the Kia Soul.

Hobbies and Lifestyle

Where you live and what you like to do will greatly impact your choice in a family vehicle. While the ever-popular Jeep Wrangler may be a little too rugged for carpooling and grocery shopping, the Toyota Highlander is a perennial favorite that marries the best of comfort and safety with a sturdy suspension and a utilitarian style that doesn’t compromise on durability and longevity. For urban families, something like a Subaru Impreza offers ease of parking and maneuvering on busy streets without skimping on all-wheel drive or gas economy.


While a Cadillac Escalade may be a dream family car for many, it’s average price of $73,000 is a little steep for most buyers. For families looking to get the most bang for their buck, a number of options such as the Honda Civic LX may be the ideal option with a price that’s closer to $20,000 brand new.

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Posted in Lifestyle

Written by Julie Briggs

Cat mom and skeeball enthusiast based in New York, NY.