Let’s face it – a family’s vehicle is essential to their day to day life. Most people view their car as the grocery getting, errand running, early morning commuting workhorse, but not you. Your car is your secret weapon. Whether it be a weekend camping trip, driving half the soccer team, or taking a muddy dog home, your car can do it all. Right? All right, in all seriousness if you stumbled onto this page your perceptions of a vehicle are most likely the former. Don’t worry, life moves fast and it’s only natural to wonder how you got from looking at performance specs one day to cargo space the next. We know what it’s like to be lost when looking for your first “practical” car so our team did the work and narrowed down the 8 best cars for a young family.
To start shrinking our search size we looked at important factors such as a vehicle mileage, safety, size and reliability. From here we gathered the best of the best in multiple vehicle categories. This leads to you making the first decision of whether a small car, SUV or the faithful minivan is best suited for your lifestyle. You should consider factors like how much commuting you will be doing, how big is your family, will this car be going offroad and what activities are involved in your lifestyle.
Alright now that you know roughly what you are looking for here are our top picks for each category!
Best small cars for families
2022 Toyota Corolla
Price: Starting at $19,450
We’re starting our list of best cars for young families with a couple of smaller cars for families that might not do much other than city driving. Maybe you need your car for running errands, going to work, and getting the kids to all of the important places. The Toyota Corolla would be a great choice for you. The Corolla is definitely a budget-friendly option for your family, as it has the lowest priced vehicle on this list. The Corolla has an estimated average fuel consumption of 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres.
2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Price: Starting at $31,495
We’ve included the Golf GTI on this list as an option for a car with a hatchback. Golf’s have been around for a long time—and for good reason. 374 litres of rear cargo space will give you space for sports equipment, groceries, school bags, and whatever else you may need to fit back there. The golf uses an estimate of 8.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
Best SUVs for families
2022 Hyundai Tucson
Price: Starting at $27,899
The Tucson is probably one of the most fuel efficient midsize SUVs on the market. Between city and highway driving, the Tucson’s estimated combined fuel economy is 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres. It also has 1,097 litres of cargo space without having to put the backseats down, so you can transport your family and your belongings at the same time.
2022 Nissan Pathfinder
Price: Starting at $44,338
For a larger 3-row SUV, we’ve chosen the Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder has a spacious interior, which means you’ll have an easy time fitting car seats in the back. You do sacrifice fuel economy for power, but the Pathfinder still only uses 11 litres of gas per 100 kilometres. If your family loves camping, and you have a trailer to tow, this is a car for you to consider. The Pathfinder can tow up to 6000 pounds.
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Price: Starting at $28,850
Finally, we’ve included a hybrid on this list.The RAV4 Hybrid is another midsize SUV. Toyota is known for creating great hybrids. Their electric motors boost the performance and fuel efficiency of the gasoline engine. The RAV4 Hybrid has an estimated fuel consumption is 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres. It has 1,059 litres of trunk cargo space.
Best Minivans for families
2022 Honda Odyssey
Price: Starting at 48,305
This list wouldn’t be complete without adding our favourite minivans! We’re starting off with a classic, well known model, the Honda Odyssey! The Odyssey has an average fuel efficiency of 11 litres per 100 kilometres. We think the Odyssey is a great option for entertaining kids on those long haul drives. It has a built in entertainment system, featuring a 10.2 inch high resolution screen, with streaming services like Netflix embedded, a Blu-ray player, and Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities.
2022 Chrysler Pacifica
Price: Starting at $50,595
If you’re looking for a plug-in hybrid with three rows of seating, the Chrysler Pacifica is the vehicle for your family. It is currently the only plug-in hybrid van on the market, and as such only uses a resounding 2.9 litres per 100 kilometres of fuel. The battery is covered under a 10 year/100,000 miles warranty The Pacifica also seats up to 7 people, so the whole family can come along!
2022 Toyota Sienna
Price: Starting at $41,050
The Toyota Sienna is a reliable favourite for families looking for a larger car. This minivan will be reliable, and have some of the lowest running costs on the market. We mentioned earlier that Toyota has been at the top of the hybrid game, churning out model after model. The 2022 Sienna is offered exclusively as a hybrid vehicle. This Sienna has an average fuel consumption of 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres. You can also choose between 7 seats or 8, depending on your family’s needs.
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