Our Top Family Cars for 2019

February 5, 2019 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

By Keith Turner

Start by feasting your eyes on Subaru’s new Forester for 2019 (video above), which comes complete with their “Eye-Sight” and the “Driver Focus” distraction mitigation system, both designed to help keep you and your family safer while on the road.

Also coming in early summer from Subaru, is their new Ascent (see below), a three-row midsize SUV with high ground clearance for rough off-roading and better road visibility than other Subaru models, plus it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The base manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the Ascent will be $31,995 and it will get 21 miles per gallon (MPG) when driven in the city and 27 MPG out on the highway.

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What other vehicles are available, or will become available? The term “everything old is new again” could surely be applied to the 2019 crop of family-friendly cars and trucks being rolled out by automakers. At least four model names are being recycled from past years, yet in their modern form, they present the most up-to-date technology that today’s families demand in their transportation. Trucks and sport-utility-vehicles dominate the current offerings, with a few sedans, hybrids, and electric vehicles sprinkled in.

You can look down a bit at our LA Auto Show post to check out the Jeep Gladiator climb up stairs. It features a crew cab configuration and best-in-class towing.

2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn

Another couple trucks are noteworthy. The Ram 1500 has been redesigned and is leading the charge in popularity among the big rigs of family trucking. It has a full-size cabin, and more back seat space than any of its competitors. And the Ford Ranger is being revived in this model year with a high-strength steel frame, EcoBoost engine, and all the active safety features typically found in high-end models.

2019 Ford Ranger

Hyundai Palisade — The Korean automaker is busting into the large SUV market in a big way, with the three-row, eight-seat Hyundai Palisade coming in the summer. A host of family friendly features will include an in-car intercom that allows the driver to talk to third row occupants without interrupting those in the second row. Price to be announced.

Hyundai_Palisade

Honda Passport — The all-new Passport may have a blast-from-the-past name, but the five-passenger SUV will be anything but old and boring. Featuring off-road capability, on-road comfort and ample underfloor storage, the Passport is focused on families looking for more utility than the compact CR-V, but not as much as the three-row Pilot SUV. Price to be announced.

2019 Honda Passport with Accessory Roof Rack

GMC Acadia Denali — (below) The Denali name represents the top of the GMC model lineup and garners about a third of the sales. This year the Acadia features front- and all-wheel-drive models, second-row sliding seats and “Tow Vision” that uses the rear camera to help line up with a trailer. MSRP: $45,500 / MPG: 18 city, 25 highway.

2018 GMC Acadia Denali

Also from General Motors, consider the 2019 Chevy Equinox. We did, in our recent video review of it, below…

Ford Edge — (below) Completely redesigned for 2019, the Edge is a midsize SUV with two rows of seats and an optional all-wheel-drive and an ST model that features a twin turbo for extra get-up-and-go when needed. Price to be announced.

2019 Edge Titanium Elite

Lincoln Aviator – After a 14-year hiatus, Lincoln is bringing back the Aviator name in a three-row, midsize SUV that is a smaller than its sibling Navigator. It features lots of interesting options, including using your phone as a key to lock/unlock the doors, tailgate and even start the vehicle. Price to be announced.

Lincoln Aviator

Honda Insight — Another historic nameplate returns this year as Honda brings back the Insight, the very first hybrid to enter the market. But beyond the great 50-plus mpg fuel mileage, the Insight is a quiet, well-equipped and budget-priced family sedan. MSRP: $22,830 / MPG: 55 city, 49 highway.

[For the latest on electric and hybrid vehicles for your family, see greenfamilycar]

2019 Honda Insight

Kia Soul — Ever since it launched in 2010, the Kia Soul has gained the attention of budget-minded families who need a small car with ample cargo space. This year, the Soul gets a makeover and more powerful engines, including a turbo, and the Soul electric (EV) model will sport better battery range of more than 200 miles per charge. Price to be announced.

2020 Soul GT-Line

Mazda 3 — While trucks, SUVs and electric models are making the biggest news in 2019, compact cars are continuing to get their share of attention. Having sold more than 6 million Mazda 3 models since 2003, the automaker is redesigning the vehicle for 2019 and offering choices of a sedan and hatchback for small families. Price to be announced.

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Keith Turner is a professional auto reviewer for families. He can be reached at carguy@hotmail.com

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