An SUV is the perfect family vehicle because not only does it seat the entire family it also does so while keeping everybody comfortable. If you are in the market for an SUV then you need to know what the best options are, especially when you don’t want to pay too much for them. There are several great options that will give you the performance, mileage and style all in one package. Of course the final decision depends on you and your taste in cars. Some people have different styles and preferences in color but here are the top SUVs for a family.
The Buick Enclave gives you a very upscale feel while at the same time a lot of comfort. Critics rave about the overall performance of this SUV. It has a 3.6 litre V6 engine and though it could use a little extra power, the 6 speed automatic transmission seems to satisfy reviewers. The Enclave gives you 17/24 city/highway miles per gallon and in driving tests though it showed a small body lean on fast turns it is something that most SUVs do. The driving dynamics are steady. The Enclave starts at $38,445 which puts it in the affordable midsize SUV category.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe has steadily climbed in the overall rankings when it comes to midsize SUVs. The 2013 model recently ranked number 1 in the same category. If you have a larger family, than the Santa Fe will be perfect for you as it seats seven on the regular model and the Santa Fe Sport seats five. The interior has also seen several improvements. The Santa Fe gives you both performance and looks but you should know that some of the controls in the navigation systems have been described as a little bit confusing.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee will give you a lot of safety and an amazing on and off the road performance. The interior is well designed which makes this SUV one of the top for families in its class. The basic model of the Grand Cherokee has a V6 engine which gives it good power. If that is not enough for you, you can also choose a 5.7 liter V8 engine which is optional. Families will enjoy the interior which reviewers have qualified as one of the best in SUVs around. The cabin is comfortable and the seats are a good fit.
If you and your family are looking for a smooth ride, then look no further than the Ford Flex. You can expect the Ford Flex to be a comfortable ride while not very sporty. The engine is very powerful for almost every driver with a standard V6 engine. If you want more horsepower, then you can go to the top of the line where you will get a turbocharged V6 engine which has almost a total of 80 horsepower without much on the negative side for the fuel economy. With the Flex, you will get 18/25 city/highway miles per gallon.
James is automotive blogger who loves to write on various topics related to automobile industry.Recently he got a chance test drive the latest Ford Falcon at Winford Ford Dealer in New St, Windsor.