What You Should Look for in a Family Car

If you spend a lot of time on the road with your family, you know that the typical sedan just wouldn’t do. A family car is a sensible purchase especially if there are kids or if you plan to use just one vehicle for the entire household. Choosing the right car means making sure that your family will travel safely and comfortably.

Aside from safety and comfort, you should also look for reliability, handling, and fuel economy. Personal preferences are also prime considerations – cargo area size and car seat installation are only some of the things you need to think about.  Family cars usually come in the form of minivans, sports utility vehicles, bigger sedans, and wagons.

In 2016, Asian cars dominate the best family cars list compiled by Parents magazine and The Toyota Sienna was named the best minivan, while the Subaru Outback was considered the best wagon.

In choosing the right car, you will have to keep your family’s activities into consideration. If you are involved in sports and other extra-curricular activities that require more space for your stuff, a minivan is a sensible idea. If space is not much of a requirement and you can get comfortable in a smaller vehicle, you can opt for a more economical sedan.

If you plan to expand your family, it’s common sense to buy a larger vehicle to accommodate future members of your brood.

Minivans were the ultimate family vehicles before the SUVs came into the picture. Minivans are the best alternative to station wagons because of their expanded storage and seating. Safety is the best feature of minivans; they have lower centre of gravity than SUVs so they are less likely to roll over in the event of a crash. Space is also another great feature of the minivan and can comfortable seat six people and even up to eight if you’re willing to get snug.

In station wagons, cargo area replaces the usual trunk space, which extends to the rear window. If you choose to buy a wagon, get the largest one that you can afford; the larger the vehicle is, the safer it will be for your family.

To ensure the comfort and safety of your family, make sure that you provide your Toyota or Subaru family car the care and maintenance that it deserves. Roverworks is Canberra’s top choice for automotive repairs, parts and maintenance. Our mechanic team specialises in Land Rover and Range Rover models, in addition to servicing of 4x4s, off-road and other car models. Visit our shop for a quick check-up, consultation, Toyota repairs, or Subaru maintenance and parts.