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Family cars: More than SUVs and minivans

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Updated: 6/10/2013 3:59 pm

If you're in the market for a family car, there have never been more varieties to choose from. The auto industry now recognizes that families want more choices in addition to minivans and large SUVs.

Strides have been made in recent years to make cars in other classes more family-friendly, and the result is more choices for car buyers. If you're in the market for a family car, here are a few options to consider:

Crossover vehicles

Where SUVs were once thought of as the vehicles that could do it all, the crossover vehicle has expanded on that versatility. Families looking for a larger car that's a little sportier than a minivan no longer have to go big or go home. Crossovers provide the space of an SUV without the size, offering more economical option.

Even the options offered in specific models make crossovers perhaps the most versatile car in any category. For example, the 2013 Kia Sportage offers both front-wheel and all-wheel drive options. Depending on your situation, you can choose which works best for you, all while getting the same type of cabin space that you would from a larger vehicle.


In recent years, hatchbacks have made a comeback of sorts, as consumers have are again embracing the added storage capacity they offer without necessarily increasing the overall size of a vehicle. Hatchbacks are another versatile option, as they offer not only great storage capacity when the seats are down, but also comfortable seating if you're traveling with the family. And the extra space in the back can be put to good use whether you're taking a vacation, or just need the extra day-to-day space. The 5-door version of the 2013 Kia Forte is a good example of a modern hatchback that's designed with both comfort and utility in mind.


Yes, there are more options available for families these days, but there's still nothing that can compete with the extra seating and comfort offered by minivans, especially for large families. With improving design, minivans continue to get more comfortable and economical, and the driving experience has improved as well.

If you're in the market for a family car, the important thing to know is there are a lot of options that will allow you to find a vehicle to meet your needs, whatever it may be.

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