Family trips are a great opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. With all the planning that goes into a family trip, one important thing to think about is ways to make the road trip enjoyable and safe for all. Let’s take a look at some of the best vehicles today for family road trips.
One of the cars that has been getting a lot of mention in the great for families arena is the Ford Flex. Debuting in the summer of 2008 with a 2009 edition, these cars had family road trips written all over them. According to Ford , these 7 passenger vehicles have a lot in the way of traveling in comfort and style. They are equipped with the Next Generation Navigation System. You’ll never be lost again! It also has additional features that make it as convenient as having internet access in your car with the included Sirius Travel Link which enables you to receive construction delays and weather and traffic updates.
The Flex also features a second row refrigerator, low step-in height, storage spaces throughout, lots of leg room and has such options as a DVD entertainment center and sun roof. Gas mileage isn’t bad either with mpg city/highway 17/24.
If better gas mileage is a top priority, check out the Chevrolet Equinox. According to theChevrolet website , this vehicle is one of the most fuel efficient cars in its class coming in with 22/32 city/highway mpg respectively. At a base price in the $22,000 range – this car is definitely one to check out when looking for a smooth family style ride. This car also has a rear view mirror camera, stability control system an On Star. TheChevrolet website is definitely one to check out to get more information and view a complete breakdown of all the features this car has.
Another minivan to come in with decent gas mileage is the Honda Odyssey. Getting 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, this one is also a contender for the family road trips. According to Honda , this minivan comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 248-horsepower making this a nice high performance vehicle.
One car that has always been a family favorite for road trips has been the Chevrolet Suburban. () While this car doesn’t have gas mileage going for it, having a fuel economy of 15 mpg in city and 21 mpg on highway, it is still one to check out. This large sports utility vehicle seats 9 comfortably making it bigger than the average minivan. This car was also named the 2010 Top 10 Family Cars by Kelley Blue Book.
If you are looking for a comfortable ride for your family trip but want that in a car, an option you should look into is the Ford Taurus. The newer models put a heavier focus on features that make driving safer such as the Adaptive Cruise Control, collision warning with brake support, cross traffic alert, and blind spot information system. There are other additional safety features as well which make this a great choice for a family road trip. Check out the Ford website for more details.
Whatever you decide, family road trips are truly special. Having the right vehicle can make the difference between arriving stressed and cramped or arriving relaxed and comfortable. Drive safe and happy road tripping!
Ford, Ford Flex and Ford Taurus
Autoblog.com, Ford Next Generation Navigation System
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2010 Top 10 Family Cars by Kelley Blue Blook