My Husbands first car was a 1984 Thunderbird that didn’t run. He spent an entire summer with his uncle replacing the engine and making this old school hero purr. The years passed and eventually the high school beater car was replaced by the more contentious minivan family vehicle which finally gave way to the SUV crossovers that we drive today. While our needs change there are always a few different factors to take a look into when shopping for a family car. While we still care how the car looks, we’re honestly more concerned these days with the amenities and functionality. Please don’t jump at the first big vehicle that comes in your favorite color or has the most seats. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a family car.
With the price of gas being what it is, families need to be concerned with how much gas their burning. If you can afford it, Hybrids are definitely a good option to consider because they’ll save your wallet and ultimately end up paying for themselves
Do you have a large family? Do you haul a little league team to games? Before getting any family vehicle make sure that it has adequate seating for your needs
Latch systems for toddlers and infants, surrounding airbags, anti-crumple zones, blind spot sensors, backup cameras, and anything else that generally make your car safer to drive. Talk to your salesman at your local dealership about which vehicle is best for your family’s safety needs.
Interior color and material
If you have kids go for dark material, and in general you want to stay away from leather or vinyl. Good stain resistant cloth in dark colors is probably your best bet. You could opt for seat covers, however, experts recommend putting infant and toddler seats directly on the main seat.
Again, do you have a large family? Do you haul sports teams around? Make sure that you can not only fit the people in the vehicle but all of their stuff comfortably
Tech packages can be a life saver on long trips. Once you have the important things out of the way you can consider things like inbuilt DVD players and navigation systems.