The 10 Absolute Best Family Cars of 2014

Few things are as necessary to a family as a well-working car. With all the running around between school, work, extracurricular activities and family vacations, it’s vital that your family chooses an automobile that truly works best for you!

When choosing a new vehicle, it’s important that you find one that best fits your families’ needs. Luckily the folks over at Parents magazine and have teamed up again to help give you a better idea of the new cars this year that are proving to be great for busy families like yours.

All types of automobiles, from compact cars and hybrids to SUVs and minivans, were evaluated. They were test-driven and judged on reliability, gas mileage, cargo room, comfort, convenience and much more. The list of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2014 that they compiled is quite conclusive and offers options for families of all sizes, budgets and activity levels.

2014 Mazda 3 in Austin, TX

The 10 Best Family Cars for 2014

(With Starting Prices) 

Best Family Cars on a Budget:

  • Mazda 3 ($17,740) – Smart City Brake Support add-on available that slows or stops your car when it detects possible collision with and object.
  • Ford Fiesta ($14,925)

Best Hybrid Car:

  • Toyota Prius ($25,010) – Available embedded solar panel roof add-on that circulates ambient air through the car to keep it cool in the hot sun.

Best Sedans:

  • Mazda 6 ($21,785)
  • Honda Accord ($22,745) – LaneWatch add-on available that helps you check your right blind spot.

Best Wagon:

  • Subaru Outback ($24,320)

Best Crossover Vehicle:

  • Nissan Rogue ($23,650)

Best SUVs:

  • Hyundai Santa Fe ($30,750)
  • Chevrolet Traverse ($31,670)

Best Minivan:

  • Honda Odyssey ($29,655) – Can include a built-in vacuum cleaner in the trunk for easy cleaning.

A Few Tips for Buying a New Car

While we don’t recommend blindly following this list, we do think it will prove to be a good starting point for your new car search. We encourage you to try and compare a few different vehicle makes and models when making your decision so you can find features that you really like or dislike. Get a good idea of the features that you absolutely need in your new family car, whether it’s power locks and windows, automatic doors, surrounding airbags or a navigation system.

It’s also a good idea to take notes after you test drive a car so you don’t forget how it made you feel. Chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time driving this vehicle, so it should be something that both you and your passengers are comfortable in. Buying a new car is a big investment, so relax, do your homework and find something that you trust and enjoy driving each day. You’ll be much happier in the long run!

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Written by Dave Erb