Not everyone can get by with a small car, which is why it’s a good thing there are a number of larger family vehicle options on the market today. The following ten family haulers range from minivans to crossovers and SUVs, with each one offering a different driving and riding experience that will suit a variety of preferences and budgets.
1. Ford Flex
This full-size “wagon” or crossover has an exterior look you either love or hate. If you love the look, the Flex offers many advantages over big SUVs and even some minivans. The ride quality is excellent and handling is sharp, for a large vehicle. And unlike most SUVs, the third row can actually accommodate taller adults without making them feel like a pretzel. The turbocharged EcoBoost engine is a compelling option, increasing power from the 3.6-liter V6 engine from 287 horsepower to 365 horsepower, while also augmenting torque by almost 100 lb.-ft. Combined fuel mileage with the EcoBoost engine comes in at 18 mpg, which is 1 mpg less than the naturally-aspirated version. Another benefit of the EcoBoost option is a 0 to 60 time of around 6.5 seconds, meaning the Flex satisfies familial and enthusiast needs at the same time.
Steven has been writing about cars and other transportation issues worldwide for over ten years. His love for cars started long before he can remember, with Corvettes and 911s being his first car-crushes. Since then, he has owned many types of vehicles and has come to appreciate a wide variety of models, the diverse car culture groups, and the automotive industry in general.