Once you have kids, the kind of car you have becomes very important. Suddenly, the amount of space, entertainment features, reliability, safety, and easy to clean interior become the top priorities. Here’s a list of vehicles meant to satisfy even the most active of families out there.

Must-haves

As a parent there are all kinds of things to consider, such as:

  • The seats need to be easy to clean
  • The cargo space should be ample
  • There needs to be lots of room for passengers
  • There should be some entertainment features to keep kids busy
  • The vehicle needs a list of safety features
  • It needs to be reliable

Top five list

Here’s a list of cars that manage to check off a number of the must-haves, giving drivers plenty to work with.

  • Toyota Sienna: Minivans are among the favorite option of many families and if that’s the case you’ll love the Toyota Sienna. Everyone has the space they need to feel comfortable, the van can handle all kinds of terrain and conditions thanks to its V6 engine. Furthermore kids can lounge with the reclining second row seats, and you can keep them entertained with the split-screen TV system so they can have multiple shows on at once.

  • Honda CR-V: In 2012, this vehicle enjoyed a redesign with such changes as the look of the vehicle, the fact it handles and drives like a car, and additional standard equipment was added to the list of features. There is an optional rear seat entertainment system that can be added to keep the kids happy.

  • Ford F-150 SuperCrew Cab: While trucks aren't always thought of as a "family vehicle" the fact is that the F-150 can get the job done. Its luxurious interior ensures that everyone is comfortable, with room that rivals that of a mid-size sedan.

  • Hyundai Sonata: This is one of Hyundai’s more posh and sleek offerings, with clean lines that make this one feel sporty. This is classed as a midsize sedan that is comparable to the Toyota Camry. The kids will love the fact that the rear seats are heated, and the Blue Link infotainment service is a real winner.

  • Chevrolet Tahoe: Those with large families will want to take a look at this vehicle that seats up to nine people thanks to a third row of seating. Keep in mind this will take away from cargo space. There is also a rear seat entertainment center which offers a DVD player and a Bose sound system.

Final thoughts

Keep in mind the best way to find out if the vehicle works for your family is to do a test drive with the entire family.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Have Kids and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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