Top Ten 2014 Vehicles for Big Families


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.


  1. Mark Koskenmaki

    Mar 7, 2014 at 4:28 am

    You gotta be kidding. Where’s the two most obvious vehicles? Dodge Durango and Grand Caravan?

    • Pete2

      Mar 9, 2014 at 5:17 am

      The Grand Caravan is a dinosaur compared to the Odyssey

      particularly, not to mention fuel economy. The Durango, has that ever been a practical family hauler, or just a crimped gaz guzzler?

  2. Casecutter

    Mar 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Honda Pilot especially over that Land Rover!
    Families need reliable transportation, I don’t want to seeing the dealer every week. Or worse have to find another to do something that warranty, because the other said it wasn’t? Land Rover and Volkswagens… they always need to go back to the dealer and their dealer network(s) stink. I dumped the Rover as I no longer had faith in it on long hauls, while then hope I was close to a dealer when outside and metropolis area.

  3. Pete2

    Apr 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Yes, I did. I drove both before buying the Odyssey, and not just a test drive, I had a latest model for an entire weekend. Dinosaur.

  4. Mario Rojas

    May 4, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Great post

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