When shopping for a new family vehicle, most automotive buyers are less focused on appearance and more concerned with function. Among the top deciding factors when purchasing a new or used family vehicle:
- safety rating (such as crash-impact and crash-avoidance technology);
- additional safety features;
- value; and
As you shop for your next family car, you may consider ratings and analysis of the most highly respected private and government rating agencies. Among those are:
- the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA);
- Consumer Reports magazine;
- J.D. Power; and
- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
You may look to any one or combination of these agencies as you consider your next automotive purchase.
A Look at 10 of the Best Family Vehicles for 2014
Kelley Blue Book has enjoyed a long history of providing consumers with information about automotive safety, value and usability. The organization analyzed the ratings and features for more than 300 vehicles to determine which vehicles are the best selections for families in 2014.
Below is a look at 10 of the best family vehicles for 2014 (presented in no particular order):
1. Chevrolet Impala – Spacious enough to accommodate a growing family comfortably – including child safety seats – with safety features that include collision warning and active cruise control. The car also received high marks for affordability – $28,000 to $37,000, depending on engine size and extra features.
2. Honda Accord – This long-popular sedan features a roomy backseat that easily accommodates child booster seats and a stroller-sized trunk. The good fuel economy and affordable price earned this car a high rating for value and efficiency.
3. Subaru Forester – This lightweight SUV offers generous rear visibility when measured against many SUVs of a comparable size. Modern features like EyeSight collision mitigation, active cruise control and a backup camera offer drivers an extra safety boost.
4. Honda Odyssey – This minivan has low floors and folding seats to make it easy to load children in and out of the vehicle. Built-in entertainment options, such as a DVD player, help to keep little ones occupied when on the go.
5. Nissan Rogue – The second row of this lightweight SUV comfortably fits a rear-facing child seat while providing substantial room for the front-seated passengers.
6. Honda CR-V – A versatile compact SUV with rear seats designed for ease of installation of child seats.
7. Honda Pilot – There are plenty of storage options available in this mid-sized SUV, plus features such as a backup camera and large exterior mirrors.
8. Toyota Sienna – Some models of this spacious minivan offer all-wheel drive as a bonus for safe winter driving.
9. Nissan Pathfinder – A well-rounded SUV with a roomy third row and safety features such as the Around View Monitor.
10. Ford Flex – A compact SUV with all-wheel drive, a refrigerator and built-in seats that easily accommodate child seats.
Even the highest-rated vehicles can be involved in an accident and safety features do not eliminate the risk of injury. Be prepared in the event of an emergency by downloading our free car accident application for the iPhone or Android. And call us at 1-800-LAW-1222 if you require legal assistance in Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island.