What makes a good family car? Certainly, lots of room for people and their stuff, a durable interior and excellent reliability are necessities, but these days, so is a solid dose of style.
Of course, what's stylish today isn't necessarily what was stylish a decade or two ago, and that means automakers most recent family mobiles are a lot different than they used to be.
Scroll through this list of cool old family cars of the past, along with the modern equivalents.
Volkswagen Type II
Volkswagen's seminal van is remembered for lots of things: Lots of space inside despite small dimensions outside, cheap running costs and relatively meager maintenance requirements.
Thing is, it was also one of the slowest vehicles on the road, and lacked pretty much any creature comforts or safety features to speak of. Good thing it looks so darn cool...
It's a collector's item now, but the next car on this list could be seen as a perfect replacement for the old VW van, without any of the compromises.
Echoing some of the merits of the old VW Bus we're comparing it with, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is offered in lots of different configurations in cargo- and passenger-carrying variants. It's now offered with all-wheel drive (which VW added later in its Vanagon range), and, in case you need more convincing, both come from Germany.
Ford Country Squire
As much as we might like them at Autoblog, the truth is that wagons just don't sell in America.
We're not totally sure why, because they offer generally superior driving dynamics to anything else with as much cargo space, and a well-designed wagon can look really cool. Like this 1960 Country Squire from Ford, for example.