When you’re buying a new family vehicle, there are lots of needs and desires to balance. Adequate space for you and your children is important, as is safety, but there are also other concerns, such as reliability, comfort, and technology. There’s also the cool factor to consider, as many moms and dads just aren’t ready for a stodgy traditional family car and want something with a little more style.
U.S. News & World Report is a great resource for families looking for the inside scoop on new vehicles they’re considering. The respected automotive publication has an annual list of “Best Cars for Families.” This year’s list includes three customer favorites now available at Community Cars. These vehicles are safe, reliable, and anything but boring.
- Kia Soul – Perfect for families on a budget, the Soul provides plenty of passenger and cargo room and solid reliability for a very reasonable price. The Soul is large for a hatchback and offers plenty of space for families.Consumers can opt for a standard engine or a turbocharged engine with more get-up-and-go. The Soul comes standard with amenities such as a USB port and Bluetooth, and consumers can opt for lots of other features, such as an infotainment system, rearview camera, and more.
The Soul has great safety ratings, earning a perfect overall rating from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in crash testing. The Soul is also backed by a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty—one of the best in the industry.
The Soul starts at around $16,100, making it very affordable. It’s also not a big jump to the top-of-the-line Soul trim, the Soul Exclaim, at $22,800.
- Ford Edge – For consumers who want a spacious mid-size SUV with plenty of power and a quality interior, the Ford Edge is an excellent choice. The Edge is a very family-friendly mid-size SUV, offering an excellent safety rating, a comfortable ride, smooth handling, and great features.The Ford Edge’s cabin offers many amenities common to luxury vehicles. All materials are of great styling and quality, and seats are plush and comfortable. The 2017 Ford Edge offers plenty of room and about 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold the second-row seats down—above average for its class.
Buyers can opt for several engine options, including a competent 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 3.5-liter V6, and a turbocharged V6 for Sport versions of the Edge that puts out 315 horsepower. The vehicle offers surprisingly good handling for its size, and a robust suspension ensures a smooth ride.
Safety ratings for the Edge are good. The vehicle gets a five-star overall crash rating from the NHTSA. The Edge starts at around $28,950.
- Chevrolet Tahoe – If a large SUV is what your growing family needs, the Chevy Tahoe is the vehicle for you. The Tahoe offers a powerful V8 engine, great handling, and amazing features.Reviewers at U.S. News & World Report praised the Tahoe’s ample space—it seats eight comfortably and has plenty of cargo space once you fold the third row down. The Tahoe has lots of great standard features, including an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, ample USB ports, and more.
The Tahoe’s engine is a 5.3-liter V8 that cranks out 355 horsepower. The vehicle can tow up to 8,600 lbs. The Tahoe got four out of five stars from the NHTSA in overall crash testing.
If you’re looking for one of these great family vehicles, Community Cars is the right place to visit. With a wide selection of new and used cars in our Bloomington area dealership, Community Cars can help you find a family vehicle that fits your personality, needs, and budget.