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3 Family-Friendly Car Options


Article by Andrea Janise

Photography by Automakers

This year has caused us all to reevaluate our lifestyles, and that includes the cars that we are driving. According to J.D. Power & Associates, new car sales decreased by 45 percent in April 2020, but by July, they increased tremendously and were only 4 percent off from their forecast before the coronavirus outbreak. That means that families have started purchasing vehicles to accommodate a “new normal” lifestyle. Whether you have had new additions to a growing family, teens starting to drive, or need something reliable to keep up with work and other responsibilities, upgrading your car along with your lifestyle is important. Consider these three models to invest in depending on your family’s needs.

2021 Honda Odyssey

When you have a large family, the Honda Odyssey should certainly be in the running for your family car. With its power sliding doors, 8-Inch touch screen with high-resolution and customizable feature settings, Apple CarPlay® integration, smart entry with walk-away auto lock, and the Honda satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition, it’s no wonder why the Odyssey is the retail No. 1 minivan in America for 10 years running. The 2021 version has a refreshed exterior design with updates to the trim and enhanced style, giving it a more modern look while keeping the V-6 engine and safety features (Blind Spot Information indicator, lane keeping assist system, and CabinWatch® rear seat monitor that reminds the driver of anything left in the backseat). Its updated exteriors, plentiful amenities and modernized safety features puts Odyssey as a solid contender accounting for more than 40 percent of all retail minivan sales this year. ($38,460 MSRP)

2020 Lexus UX 250h

For the fashionable family on the go, the 2020 Lexus UX 250h (hybrid) is the perfect crossover vehicle for running errands around the city and for taking last-minute road trips. Its luxurious amenities include a built-in navigation system, heated and ventilated front seats, a moonroof and heated outside mirrors. The Lexus Enform technology available for this vehicle provides concierge-level convenience with onboard Wi-Fi, emergency assistance and the ability to start your engine remotely using your smartphone or smartwatch. Coupled with its sleek exterior—which turns heads while stopping at red lights—and a combined 39 mpg gas mileage, the Lexus UX 250h is a great car for the active family. ($39,550 MSRP)

2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE

Boasting a spacious interior cabin for passengers and cargo, the 2021 owners of the Toyota RAV4 will enjoy driver seat amenities like the smart key system with push button start, 7-inch touchscreen display, backup camera and blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The back seat passengers are not taken for granted; they will enjoy spacious leg room, dual zone automatic A/C with rear vents, a middle seat consul with cup holders, and the LATCH-lower anchor tether for children. Its relatively compact size compared to larger SUVs makes parking a breeze, whether it’s on a crowded street parking or pulling into tight spaces while out shopping. The RAV4 maintains a 29 combined gas mileage, so daily errands and long trips can be completed without multiple stops to the gas station. Coming in fun colors including the vibrant Blue Flame (as reviewed) and the Red Ruby Flare Pearl, the RAV4 is giving families the option to bring both fun and responsibility with this vehicle. ($31,450 MSRP)