The best choice of vehicles for family road trips is by far the minivan. All of the models listed below (except the Nissan Pathfinder) are minivans for good reason. Minivans offer good gas millage, a comfortable ride and plenty of room.
All of the vehicles listed below offer built in DVD players. The prices listed are ‘starting out prices’ and the DVD players do cost extra. While built in DVD players are a great way to make a family road trips more fun, portable DVD players are a great alternative and can be bought for less than $100, and are easier to repair and replace.
Toyota Sienna 2011
Starting at $24,460 19/24 MPG(city/highway)
I couldn’t believe the price on this minivan! While the bad press has been bad for Toyota, it is great for consumers. I have owned a Toyota for many years now, and my next car will be a Toyota. In a way I am very happy for all the bad press, because it means I will get my next Toyota at a cheaper price.
Toyota require very little maintenance, and are very reliable. Features include: Voice activated DVD players, navigation, and a back up camera.
VW Routan 2010
Starting at $25,900 16/23 MPG (city/highway)
Winner of the J.D. Power for most appealing mid-size van. Power windows, and the legendary VW quality make this minivan a top choice for family road trips.
Honda Odyssey 2010
Starting at $26,805 16/23 MPG(city/highway)
With front and rear parking sensors this minivan has nice controls and a solid interior.
Kia Sedona 2011
Starting at $25,000 18/25 MPG(city/highway)
The Kia Sedona is the economical way to have great family road trips. This economical minivan has all the bells and whistles of more expensive models, including a built in navigation system.
Nissan Pathfinder S 2011
Starting at $27,840 15/22 MPG(city/highway)
Nissan has taken this rugged brand and make it a little more luxurious.
My husband had a Nissan Pathfinder that he easily put 250,000 miles on. We would still have it to this day if it was not traded in for the cash for clunkers program.
They do have key less keys, which is a black plastic piece with buttons that open the doors and let you drive the car. The key less keys do make me a little nervous. They tend to be very expensive to get extra keys made, and I am always losing my keys. However, the old Nissan Pathfinders were very easy to steal, and break into, so the key less keys should help with these problems.