There is no single group of characteristics a vehicle must have in order to accommodate families, nor are there only a couple segments that excellent family vehicles fall under.
This was the mindset of the editors of Edmunds.com and Parents magazine since, after all, the “needs of a single mom parenting an only child in the city will be vastly different from those of a suburban couple raising a brood of five kids.” When editors from the auto review website and magazine teamed up to create their list of Top 10 Family Vehicles for 2014, there was only one actual requirement: excellent crash-test scores. The rest of the decision-making came down to a wide range of factors, from fuel economy to interior technology.
At the end of the day, 60% of the list was comprised of cars, SUVs and minivans that we sell at the Rosen Motors Group, while the 2014 Honda CR-V, Kia Soul, and Nissan Altima and Pathfinder were named honorable mentions. Let’s take a look at those six vehicles and what helped them earn praise from Edmunds.com-Parents magazine:
Mazda3 and Mazda6:
The Mazda6 continues to be lauded as “one of the most well-rounded family sedans on the market,” combining “keen handling,” impressive interior and exterior styling, and advanced technological features with an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, the 2014 Mazda3was recognized for being one of the two Best Budget Cars out there, earning praise for its optional safety features, intuitive controls and ability to deliver up to 41 mpg on the highway.
Honda Accord and Odyssey:
Perhaps the least surprising inclusion on the list has to be the Honda Odyssey, named the Best Minivan on the market for 2014. Spaciousness is only part of the reason for the Odyssey’s designation, though. The editors pointed out its “surprisingly nimble handling,” EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway and multitude of safety features.
The Honda Accord’s inclusion was a bit more surprising, although maybe not for people who follow auto news closely, as the all-new Accord has raked in award after award since its introduction. Its spacious cabin, fuel efficiency and advanced technology earned the 2014 Accord a spot on the Top 10 Family Vehicles list as one of the Best Sedans.
Simply put, the redesigned Nissan Rogue crossover is “affordably priced but doesn’t look it.” In addition to having the look and feel of a high-end crossover, the 2014 Rogue offers the space you need – especially with the available cargo-dividing system – while delivering up to 33 mpg on the highway. Safety technologies are available in abundance, too, like forward collision and blind spot warning and a 360-degree view camera system.
Hyundai Santa Fe:
Being able to comfortably fit seven passengers is just one of many reasons the new Hyundai Santa Fe made the list. This SUV blends optional safety features (blind spot monitoring system and rear parking sensors) with standard comfort features (heated front seats and Bluetooth connectivity), all at an affordable price.