For most people, nothing is more important than family. To show our families that they are the first priorities in our lives, we tend to their every need. We want to do the best for our loved ones, and we always want the best for them. If you are looking for a vehicle that the whole family will love, make sure you consider the following characteristics of an ideal family car before purchasing.
1) High Safety Rating and Plentiful Features
Safety is the number one concern for a family car. You don’t want to take the risk of putting your entire family in something that will fold up like an accordion during a crash. While some people may believe that it doesn’t matter how fragile a car is as long as the driver is sound, you can’t control how other drivers perform when they are on the road. Even if you have great defensive driving skills, you wouldn’t be able to avoid every single accident.
It is essential to choose a vehicle that has many accident preventative measures built into it. The first thing you should check is the crash test rating of the car. If it receives top marks for all crash angles, the car is considered to be very safe. Acceptable safety ratings are the minimum that you should consider for a family car. Other safety options include rear-view cameras, blind spot detection alarms, front and side airbags, and more.
2) Lots of Space and Comfort
Space is another absolute necessity for a family car because more kids means more seats. Not only that, those kids can grow like trees when they are in their teens, so spacious backseats and plenty of legroom are highly-desired qualities of a family car. Space ties in directly with comfort because a car that is too small can make the passengers feel claustrophobic. Smaller cars are also harder to enter and exit, making family road-trips feel more like a chore. When it comes to space, most mid to full-sized four-door sedans will do, but SUVs and mini-vans usually offer more in the room department.
While space and comfort are closely related, other aspects affect comfort in positive and negative ways. Interior materials are one of them. A car with rigid racing seats or sticky leather seats is probably not comfortable nor practical for a family. Stick to ordinary fabrics for comfort and ease of cleaning.
3) Good Handling and Drive-Ability
A family car should be easy to maneuver and offer a smooth ride. Cars with very stiff suspensions are not suited for families unless every member is a street racer. Kids, especially infants, are very sensitive to noise and roughness. Sports cars and those with aggressive acceleration and handling are also inappropriate for a family. A good family car should make both Mom, Dad, Grandma Anne, Uncle Joe, and the legal age children all feel comfortable at the wheel. The controls should be well-placed and intuitive.
4) Sufficient Cargo
Larger families will need plenty of storage space for family trips. Vehicles with large trunks and cabin room will be preferable for most families. Cars that have backseats that can fold down are also highly liked by people who transport very large items.
Families with younger children may have it rough during long rides because the kids get antsy. A car packed full of entertainment features like a CD player and flip-down TVs will surely distract the young ones until you reach your destination.
> So which cars make the list?
The Dodge Caravan and Dodge Town & Country are two of the most popular mini-vans on the market for a reason. They are safe, spacious, super-reliable, and satisfactory for both small and large families. For those who like a little adventure on their family trips, the Jeep Cherokee provides many of the same features found in the mini-vans and some extra off-road amenities. Smaller families with one or two kids might enjoy the Chrysler 200 and 300 models for their technology and good looks.
If you are interested in checking out the previously mentioned models and more, stop by the Lou Fusz Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership in O’Fallon, Missouri for the widest selection and lowest prices in the St. Louis, Missouri area. If you are unsure of which car to buy, ask the experts at Lou Fusz and they will be glad to lend you a helping hand.