Most parents pay attention to safe family cars because they can feel better about driving the kids around when there’s proof that the vehicle ranks highest in safety. I drive a big, old SUV because I feel better in it than I would driving something smaller. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t great sedans for families too. No matter what type of new car you want, considering safe family cars, as ranked by the experts, can help you make the choice that’s best for your needs.
1 Subaru Outback
If you want a station wagon, this is the one for you. It ranks high on the list of safe family cars and has loads of features that will make your life easier. Combined with a decent gas mileage and an affordable price, the Outback just makes sense for many families. There’s plenty of room for the kids and all their cargo, and the car boasts a strong crash test performance.
2 Ford Fusion
If you don’t need a ton of space, the Ford Fusion is a great pick. It’s an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, so that should make you feel good about driving it. The car is smaller than many family cars so it gets a good gas mileage and you’ll be surprised just how much you can cram in the trunk. At the same time, a Fusion looks sporty and fun so it doesn’t scream soccer mom either.
3 Toyota Prius
I know, I was skeptical too. It looks so small, how can it accommodate a family? Well if you only have one or two kids, it might be just what you’re looking for. There’s enough room in the backseat for two car seats and the Prius ranks high with the Institute for Highway Safety, so you can be sure it’s safe too. The car features nine airbags so you’re pretty well covered no matter what happens. You can’t stow a ton of gear, but if you need to transport something big, fold the seats down and you can fit it in there. The Prius is also a hybrid, so that offers perks for the environment.
4 Chevrolet Suburban
If you prefer something big enough to haul the kids, their friends and all their stuff, the Suburban is the prime choice for you. Not only is it spacious and able to carry loads of cargo, but it also ranks pretty high when it comes to safety. The third row is removable and there’s even the option of an entertainment system back there for the kids. You won’t get the best gas mileage with this SUV, but you’ll know your entire family is safe in it.
5 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
My next car will definitely be a hybrid. It’s great for the environment, but it’s a sound economical choice too. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is one of the top ranking SUVs when it comes to safety. You’ll save some money on gas and you can be sure your kids are safe as you ferry them from activity to activity every day.
6 Honda CR-V
I like this choice because it looks nice while also rating high on safety performance reviews. This is the perfect choice if you regularly carry around a bunch of sippy cups, sports gear, toys and bags. No matter what you have to bring along, the cargo space is ample for it. The CR-V is pretty affordable in comparison to other crossovers and it gets decent gas mileage too.
7 Honda Odyssey
If a van is your plan, the Honda Odyssey is a good choice. It ranks an almost perfect score for safety and has enough room to comfortably seat eight people. There’s tons of cargo space and the interior is comfortable. The rear seat folds down for hauling extra stuff and you can opt into the entertainment system in the back to keep the kids entertained on long car trips.
What do you drive? Are you shopping for a new family car? Let me know which ones test drive the best for you.
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