Best Family Cars for New York Drivers

Best Family Cars for New York DriversChoosing the right car for your family is a big decision. Not only are you sure to have preferences when it comes to size, color, and features, but safety ratings are probably at the top of your mind as well. The following provides a comparison of some of the best family cars on the market today.

2014 Chevrolet Impala 

Kelley Blue Book named the 2014 Chevrolet Impala as one of its 12 top family cars for 2014. The car comes with just about every feature you could possibly want. Cost can run in the low $40,000s, but some models come in under $30,000.

Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the car a rating of “Good,” (which is the highest rating possible) on its crashworthiness. Its front crash prevention rating was called “Superior” with optional equipment. One of the downsides to the vehicle is that it may not be ideal for large families. It is also not a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.

2014 Honda Pilot 

The Kelley Blue Book also named the Honda Pilot a top family car for 2014. The 2014 Honda Pilot can be a good option for families too. For moms and dads who like to stay organized, the Pilot has some awesome storage features that are perfect for keeping the kids’ toys and snacks in check.

While the car is missing out on some of the more high-tech gear (like blind spot sensors), it has plenty of room for the whole family, has received a rating of “Good” from the IIHS for its side, roof strength, head restraint, and seat crashworthiness. However, it scored “Poor” on the small front overlap test and is not a Top Safety Pick.

2015 Honda Odyssey 

If a minivan is what you need, the 2015 Honda Odyssey is the U.S. News most highly ranked minivan. The ranking is based on safety data, as well as reviews from drivers. It made the Kelley Blue Book list of best family vehicles for 2014.

With great acceleration, a comfortable ride, plenty of room, high safety rankings, and an affordable price, this van is not only one of the best minivans out there, it’s one of the best family vehicles in general.

Besides being a Top Safety Pick Plus, it’s equipped with fun high-tech equipment. 

  • A power lift gate
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Heated seats 

Other Top Family Vehicles 

The other nine vehicles to make the Kelley Blue Book list of best family vehicles for 2014 are below. Keep in mind that the KBB didn’t rank these vehicles in any order. 

  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Ford Flex
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda CR-V
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota Sienna 

Also refer to the IIHS list of Top Safety Picks for 2014 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s five-star safety ratings to learn more about safety ratings and features.

We also have previous blog posts that families might find helpful, including one offering tips for installing a car seat and selecting a good booster seat.

Call Gacovino, Lake & Associates in New York if in an Accident

Sure, selecting from the best family cars can help reduce accident and/or injury risk, but it cannot completely prevent an accident. If another driver caused your wreck, call Gacovino, Lake & Associates to review your legal options. Reach us at 800-550-0000 or use our online contact form.

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