Over the years, family cars have become increasingly popular amongst the masses. Parents, in particular, are considered the most prominent market segment that is thoroughly interested in family cars. They come in all shapes and sizes, too, including SUVs, minivans, sedans, hatchbacks; you name it.
I love family cars because they are quite convenient, offer utility for the entire family, and they can be the best vehicle to use for dealing with emergencies as well. According to a recent report by Statista.com, 90 percent of households in the US have at least one light vehicle at their disposal in 2017.
Furthermore, the United States has the most extensive road network in the world, and in 2018 about 270 million vehicles were circulating the streets across the entire nation.
Here are my top safer ride picks for the best family cars of 2020.
Ford Expedition 2020
This eight-seater and the latest edition to the Ford Expedition lineup offers a large SUV that is built to command. It offers you the best towing power, and the vehicle comes in four trims, including XLT, XLT MAX, Limited, and Limited MAX.
Safety features include Co-Pilot360™, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System), and lane-keeping system, to name a few.
The car is built to keep your family safe. Just make sure that all the cameras & sensors are working effectively without any glitches, though there is hardly ever a chance of it failing. The inflatable seat belts are ideal for older people and kids sitting in the back rows.
Honda Odyssey 2020
The fun family minivan, Honda Odyssey 2020, offers exclusive features that instantly make everyone feel more comfortable. Safety features for the car include a blind spot information system, rear bumper alerts, vehicle detection, and lane switching.
The car also comes with a multi-angle rearview camera to make reversing and shifting easier for you. The snow mode, however, is a great addition, which allows you to drive safely through snowy conditions by re-calibrating the traction-control system.
Ride this car with full confidence and make sure to check the safety systems that include CMBS™ (Collision Mitigation Braking System) and ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control). The RDM (Road Departure Mitigation System) also alerts the driver if they drifted off the lane mistakenly.
Kia Telluride 2020
Another midsize SUV on my list is Kia Telluride. However, this one wins the category for the best 3-row SUV that you can currently get your hands on. The 2020 Telluride is not holding back, and neither should you. Its long list of standard safety features offers you auto emergency braking technology, blind spot collision technology, safe exit assist, and whatnot.
Additional features also include a detection system for a passenger in the rear cabin. So if you leave your kid behind in the back row after parking your car, the vehicle would instantly notify the driver.
For extra safety of your family, I suggest that you go for the SX trim, though it would cost you more but it offers you HBA (high beam assist).
Honda Passport 2020
A rugged midsize SUV, the 2020 Honda Passport, is probably the best 2-row SUV you can find right now in the market. The vehicle offers an AWD system with plenty of room for your kids and their stuff.
It includes the regular safety features which people have come to know from Honda, such as the blind spot information systems, cross-traffic monitor, multi-angle review camera, smart entry, and power side mirrors. However, the best safety function of the car comes directly from its structure.
The ACE™ Body Structure offers enhanced body design that is exclusive to Honda. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ offers stupendous occupant protection and crash compatibility for frontal collisions.
Toyota RAV4 2020
I simply couldn’t conclude my list without the 2020 Toyota RAV4, regarded as the best compact SUV by several critics. Among several reasons making RAV4 a perfect family vehicle, one major reason is safety.
The RAV4 doesn’t only incorporate Toyota’s standard Safety Sense™ 2.0, but the pre-collision avoidance feature detects the possibility of collision and warns the driver.
This allows you to get front and rear parking assist with automated braking as well as blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. I suggest you get the trim that offers you eight airbags for your loved ones.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2020
While the Highlander offers you more horsepower and a bigger engine, the Toyota Hybrid 2020 tops it off with better mileage and more room for passengers. The vehicle comes in four trims, namely LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum.
The car comes with a digital review mirror that offers you a wider field of vision. Since it’s a Toyota, you also get Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, which offers a pre-collision system, low light pedestrian detection, DRCC (Dynamic Radar Cruise Control), LDA (Lane Departure Assist), and LTA (Lane Tracing Assist).
Additional features include AHB (Automatic High Beams) and RSA (Road Sign Assist). I suggest that you get the trims that offer a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert to keep your family extra safe.
If it has to be a family car that you are after then, it must be the safest car on the planet. There is no point in traveling with family in a car, which compromises their safety on the road. All of the vehicles mentioned in this list have strong crash test scores and factored for other features that can make them safe for even new drivers.
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