The Family Car Best of 2017

October 25, 2017 at 10:41 pm Leave a comment


Parent-worthy picks for the best family cars of 2017

By Keith Turner

The automotive industry today features a smorgasbord of model designs, offering an impressive array of choices to help keep up with a family’s action-packed transportation needs.

With all these choices in make, shape, price and color, how is a parent to sort out the perfect ride for their growing clan? Here’s a look at The Family Car’s top picks for 2017.


Ford F-150 – The best-selling vehicle in the nation, the 2017 F-150 features lighter, aluminum construction and a new V-6 turbo engine. The F-150 satisfies several parenting priorities. It is safe, capable and economical.
(MSRP: $27,110 / MPG: 19 city/26 highway).

Nissan Titan Pro – This aptly named truck features four-wheel-drive, high viewpoint, and near-cavernous passenger seat — this truck is a beast. Safety features include a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding area, lane changing alerts and back-up sensors to help avoid fender benders. There’s even a pop-out step in the back corner to ease access to the truck bed.  (MSRP: $43,290 / MPG: 15 city/20 highway).


Honda Pilot – A third-row capable of seating grown-ups comfortably is what makes the Honda Pilot the perfect SUV for families. Underfloor “cubby” storage areas help keep toys and valuables hidden from prying eyes. High-end extras include a panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. (MSRP: $30,745 / MPG: 20 city/27 highway).

Jeep Cherokee – Just the dynamic headlight design of the new Jeep Cherokee is enough to favor this rugged and feature-packed SUV. Featuring legendary Jeep 4X4 capability, the Cherokee handles roads like a pro and is loaded with family-friendly safety and comfort features. (MSRP: $23,695 / MPG: 21 city/30 highway).


Mazda CX-5 – With a new, sporty and stylish design, the Mazda CX-5 is more than just a pretty face. The mid-size crossover is loaded with parent-pleasing features, like a heated steering wheel, as well as heated front and second row seats, power liftgate, radar cruise control and active windshield driving display. (MSRP: $22,890 / MPG: 52 city/49 highway/50 combined).

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Ford Edge (above) – Ford clearly is on the cutting “Edge” of safety and self-driving technology with this crossover, which features high-tech systems for adaptive steering, cruise control for traffic jams and active parking assist for parallel and perpendicular parking. Plus, you’ve got to love a model with color names such as Canyon Ridge, Blue Jeans and, seen above, Burgundy Velvet. (MSRP: $28,950 / MPG: 21 city/29 highway).


Chrysler Pacifica hybrid – This fantastic family hauler could easily top the hybrid list because it can run on electric-only power for up to 33 miles per charge – easily enough to cover a parent’s carpool patrols. The Pacifica is packed with family-friendly features, such as a three-piece panoramic sunroof and a powerful vacuum to keep cookie crumbs at bay. (MSRP: $28,995 / MPG: 32 combined/ 84 mpg-e).

Honda Odyssey – The 2018 edition of this popular maxi/minivan is loaded with family friendly features that cater directly to a parent’s primary needs. The second-row seats slide together or apart to allow easy access back-seaters, or for separating the rowdy ones. There’s a special camera that keeps an eye on the kiddo, and an in-car public address system lets the driver to talk to all passengers. (MSRP: $35,675 / MPG: 16 city/25 highway/19 combined).


Kia Niro – There are many hybrids on the market to choose from, but this year’s launch of the Kia Niro Hybrid stands out for one reason: the big 50! The Niro crosses that magic threshold of averaging more than 50 miles per gallon combined in daily driving.  It also has plenty of power to back up that great mileage. (MSRP: $22,890 / MPG: 52 city/49 highway/50 combined).

Chrysler Pacifica hybrid (see above, Minivans)


Chrysler 300S – Chrysler’s flagship is the lone sedan among the vast desert of slowly evaporating models on the market for families. They all great cars, but today’s active families tend to need more than four-doors and a trunk. The 300S is stylish and safe, and offers a 360-degree view that keeps mistakes to a minimum. The V-8 HEMI has power and a fuel-saver mode. (MSRP: $35,675 / MPG: 16 city/25 highway/19 combined).

Keith Turner is a professional auto reviewer for families. He can be reached at; his websites: and, or on YouTube at The Family Car channel.


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