Starting a family is a big change but that doesn’t mean that you have to conform to everything you’re used to seeing other people do. After all, the changes that come from starting a family are different for everyone. For starters, you are not obliged to settle for a minivan if that doesn’t feel like an all-over smart choice for you. Take a look at the following car choices – you can get a better performance ride that can still carry the kids. In the end, it’s all about your and your family’s needs.

Kia Soul

Kia Soul

The “boxy” appearance of Kia Soul may not be for everyone but those of you who enjoy this kind of a car look will definitely like this one. It’s definitely more popular than other cars of similar design and more budget-friendly. The interior is quite spacious yet it’s very easy to park this car. If you go for a family-friendly 2014 model, you’ll find that the surfaces are soft, with boosted electronics and great speakers. Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB, cruise control and smartphone jacks are all available for a family with two kids. Front and side airbags, better fuel economy and extra cargo space make this vehicle absolutely perfect for a frugal family.

Subaru Forester

This is definitely a model that every family with no more than two kids can absolutely love and enjoy. The safety features, great fuel economy and a rearview camera are great additions to this model since 2015, and yet, the price is definitely competitive. One of the best safety features that families will enjoy is the Subaru Eyesight Driver Assist System. It covers everything, from adaptive cruise control to pre-collision braking. What’s more, rear seats have easy access with expanded rear doors and solid seat anchors for kids. Back seat cups for kiddies make for an extra family-oriented touch.

Ford Escape

Subaru Forester

Ford Escape is incredibly easy to drive and has plenty of legroom. This is not a huge car, but it definitely fits five people with no problem. The boot space is large enough to fit even your kids’ bikes, if necessary. If you’ve been fighting the battle of Escape vs. Sportage, cargo space makes it an easy win for the Escape. Cruise control, rear parking sensors and seven airbags make this vehicle pretty safe for a family. And, in general, this is a very practical car for daily use. Storage for keys and phone, as well as cup and bottle holders placed strategically throughout the car, are great additions for families. When tech is concerned, everything is super easy. You can instantly connect your phone and enjoy Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe

Heated front seats, a rearview camera and room to fit seven humans are some of the main characteristics that make Hyundai Santa Fe so incredibly popular among larger families. You may not be able to tow a boat with Santa Fe but you can be sure that you can drive around your kids, their friends and all their stuff necessary for a safe and happy playtime. Also, thanks to the Blue Link telematics system with a parent-centric app you can get a text warning you that the car is past the preset speed, curfew or set parameter.

Land Rover Range Rover

For a family that likes to take vacations in order to explore the outdoors more, 2014 Land Rover Range Rover may be a perfect choice. It’s tough yet elegant on the outside and extremely comfortable on the inside – the best combo! With advance terrain response system, driving on any kind of terrain is smooth and effortless. Amazing audio system, climate control and mood lighting make this Land Rover a luxurious yet practical addition to any family. In general, tech, safety and comfort features are all over-the-top, which is essential for families that travel a lot. Of course, this model is not as cost-effective as the previous ones, but it offers a different-level experience as well.

There’s no reason to sacrifice the car’s performance or looks in order for it to be a true family car. There are plenty of choices on the market, and more brands and manufacturers are starting to cater to families more as well. In that respect, all you have to do is do your research and make sure that the specific car covers all your vehicle and family needs and preferences.

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