Best Family Sedans
That sporty drop-top you’re dreaming does not actually make sense if you've got kids to cart around and sports equipment to stow and a feisty family pet who would just love to rip up that pricey leather upholstery. But you don’t have to settle for something boring just because you want to uphold your paternal (or maternal) instincts. Take a look at the best family sedans that offer advance safety features, extra space, and top-of-the-line performance.
- Honda Accord EX. Base Price: $24,605
The 2013 Honda Accord has a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that goes up to 185 horsepower (24 city/34 highway) while its 3.5-liter V6 engine has a 278hp capacity (24 city/34 highway). Now in its ninth generation, it still is a winner choice for hip families looking for all-around value. Utilizing its all new Earth Dreams eco-friendly technology, the Accord EX Sedan is the Honda’s first model that offers direct injection. This Asian auto boasts of 36 mpg on the highway. It provides smooth handling and satisfactory ride quality that would impress buyers even if it is not the sportiest sedan in the market.
- Acura TL. Base Price: $35,905
Boasting a 3.5-liter V6 and available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, this stylish sports sedan is a quite a steal for its price. The Acura TL offers great performance and a luxurious feel while surprising you with its quick movement out the gates and around corners. You’d be surprised how much power can surge just by squeezing the gas gently. Acura also has updated its navigation system for 2013 and it’s refreshingly easy to use.
- Volkswagen Passat TDI. Base Price: $26,225
Engineered with Volkswagen's TDI clean diesel technology, this eco-conscious sedan has a 2.0-liter turbocharge inline 4-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 140horsepower. You get great gas mileage without sacrificing performance or passenger comfort. Enjoy the ride without turning your car into a gas guzzler since the Volkswagen Passat TDI only uses a single tank even when you have to travel for 800 miles. The interior is simplicity itself while you get complete satisfaction with all the control placements. Plus, doors shut quietly and sturdily yet with efficiency. That, and there are acres of space in there for the all lunch boxes and science projects.
- Ford Fusion Titanium. Base Price: $30,500
You get both pleasure and efficiency with the 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium, thanks to its vivacious 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4 engine that is a guaranteed fuel sipper. You will get nothing less than a surefooted feel with the available all-wheel drive. Extra assurance is achieved through its adaptive cruise control and a lane keeping system. The brakes are strong, the structure is stiff, and response to steering input is immediate. All you have to worry about on a snowy day for the ballet recital is all the energy that bounces up and down the backseat.
- Nissan Altima. Base Price: $21,760
The all-new Nissan Altima is lighter, quicker and offers more passenger capacity. You get aluminium high-strength steel parts for this Nissan gas sipper. The exterior and interior are completely new, with a focus on a more upscale look and feel throughout. You can expect improved fuel efficiency especially for the four-cylinder models thanks to essential engineering updates the manufacturer has made. It still reigns as one of the best family sedans ever to grace the market because it has very reliable steering and suspension designs.
- Chevrolet Malibu Eco. Base Price: $25,335
The Chevy Malibu is ideal for family trips even with big kids in tow. Featuring wider dimensions and more passenger space than previous models, nobody would feel their style would be too cramped in here. Its extensive standard safety features is second to none in the mid-sized sedan category. You got rear-seat side and front-seat knee airbags among others, giving you a whopping 10 airbag capacity. Other impressive standard features are its traction control and stability as well as active headrests. There are tire-pressure monitors that enhance the capability if its anti-lock brakes. Parents will also appreciate the savings at the pump afforded by the Malibu Eco's thrifty eAssist system, which combines this sedan's athletic, direct-injected 2.4-liter inline-4 with a lithium-ion battery-powered motor to earn up to 37 mpg highway.
- Buick LaCrosse. Base Price: $33,135
Updated for the 2014 model year, you can choose from either of the two: a gorgeous-looking V6 or a fuel-efficient hybrid engine. But rest assured that both of them have perfectly married style and sensibility that you expect from a Buick LaCrosse. Its tech-savvy interior together with its curved, twin-cockpit setup makes for an enormous cabin. You have all the freedom to stretch out and relax instead of cursing in the middle of a traffic jam. The LaCrosse takes its refinement updates up a notch through its auto stop/start engine, perfect when you’re already running late for your kids’ family day at school.
- Hyundai Azera. Base Price: $32,000
This stylish midsize sedan has finally distinguished itself with a smart new look and feel, and an impressive list of family-friendly standard features, including touch-screen navigation, a rear backup camera and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system. The 2013 Azera also features a thoroughly modern interior design that’s built with premium materials. There is an abundance of passenger space even in the back seats, offering plenty of room for your teenagers to relieve their best ball moments after the championship game.
- Lexus ES 300h. Base Price: $38,850
It boasts of up to 200 horsepower from its hybrid electric motor that utilizes a low friction. This Japanese innovation features a Hybrid Drive system that is a first among all of its ES models. The 2013 Lexus ES 300h is the epitome of forward-thinking when it comes to design, quality, and power. Though you can’t stop the kids from bickering all the way to school, at least your car remains quiet, calm and smooth – a Lexus trademark. Add in the mileage advantage, and the ES hybrid becomes a very attractive vehicle for someone looking for a cut above in room and comfort with impressive fuel economy.
- Dodge Charger. Base Price: $25,995
With roots dating back to 1964, the Dodge Charger has long been associated with classic American muscle. Over half a century later, the Charger continues to impress with its 292-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 and available all-wheel drive. You can find significant improvements in the cabin size, ride quality, and interior design which just enhance its buying appeal to value-conscious families.