From minivans to sedans to SUVs, you have a ton of options for family vehicles. No matter what your taste or your budget, there’s a family car out there for you that you can enjoy from behind the wheel and that the kids can enjoy from the back.
Here are 10 must-shop family cars for 2019.
The Chrysler Pacifica is a no-brainer as one of the best family vehicles on the market today. This minivan can comfortably seat seven people and has a good amount of cargo space. Speaking of cargo, the Pacifica can turn into a cargo van in a pinch thanks to Stow ‘n Go seating, which allows you to easily fold the second- and third-row seats flat into the floor. All of that convenience plus a really nice interior and an efficient plug-in hybrid variant make the Pacifica a home run. Find a Chrysler Pacifca for sale
Too cool for a minivan? The recently updated Chevrolet Traverse has gotten bigger and boxier in its new generation, which means more room for passengers and cargo. Unlike many midsize crossovers with three rows of seats, the third row is actually pretty comfortable for normal-sized humans. This generous space combined with excellent ride quality makes this Chevrolet a great road-tripper. If you like the Traverse, but want something a little more luxurious, the mechanically similar Buick Enclave is a nice upgrade. Find a Chevrolet Traverse for sale
The Toyota Camry has always been a top choice in family cars and in 2019, it’s at the top of its game. It has shaken off its boring sedan persona without sacrificing any of its practicality or sensibility. Available with an efficient 4-cylinder or a potent V6, there’s a Camry for everyone with its wide variety of trims that satisfy just about any taste and budget. If you’re serious about fuel economy, the Camry Hybrid gets more than 50 miles per gallon both in the city and on the highway. Find a Toyota Camry for sale
For one vehicle that does it all whether you’re hauling your family, a camper, or both, the Ford Expedition is a top choice in full-size SUVs. With a spacious cabin for seating for up to eight plus a huge cargo area, this is a big SUV for big families. Its interior is classier than what you might expect for a Ford truck, especially in the higher trims. You get to choose from the standard wheelbase Expedition or the longer Expedition Max if you need even more room. If you have more room in your budget, the Expedition’s luxury counterpart is the Lincoln Navigator, which takes a great SUV and makes it even better. Find a Ford Expediton for sale
A subcompact hatchback might not strike you as a family car, but hear me out. Honda’s smallest and most affordable car is extremely space efficient, making it much roomier on the inside than every other car in this class by far. It even has more backseat legroom than the bigger Civic. That means a family of four can fit in the Fit more comfortably than you might think plus a surprising amount of groceries. If you like the clever packaging of the Fit, but would rather have a crossover, the Fit-based HR-V would be perfect. Find a Honda Fit for sale
It wasn’t that long ago that the Jeep Wrangler was exclusively a 2-door off-roader, but this American icon has come a long way. The 4-door Jeep Wrangler has reached a point that it actually has pretty good road manners in the new JL generation without letting go of any of its legendary off-road capability. If you’re looking for something for your commute and taking the kids to school during the week and going on off-road adventures on the weekend with the whole family in tow, a 4-door Wrangler could be perfect for your outdoorsy lifestyle. Find a Jeep Wrangler for sale
One of the class leaders in a very competitive class is the Lexus RX and its hybrid variant. This midsize luxury crossover shines with its smooth ride quality, premium interior and bold aesthetics. Its strong reliability record gives it more affordable running costs than many of its rivals while also being competitively priced. All-new for 2019 is the RXL which is a long-wheelbase model with three rows of seats. If the Lexus is a little out of your price range, consider the mechanically similar Toyota Highlander, which can also be had as a hybrid. Find a Lexus RX for sale
The recently updated Honda Odyssey is another heavy hitter in the minivan market thanks to its roomy, well-built interior and its many available family-friendly features. Every new Odyssey except for the base LX model comes with the Honda Sensing safety tech suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, collision mitigation braking and road departure mitigation. On the higher trims, it’s available with CabinWatch, which lets you see what’s going on in the back seats and a CabinTalk intercom system so everyone in the van can hear you. Any car that has a button for yelling at your kids is a great family vehicle in our book. Find a Honda Odyssey for sale
If a rugged wagon with standard all-wheel drive sounds up your alley, then you’ll love the Subaru Outback. The Outback has gotten more family-friendly for 2019 by making the EyeSight safety tech suite standard on all models plus standard dual USB ports for keeping everyone’s devices charged. EyeSight includes pre-collision braking and throttle management, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. This Subaru also offers a ton of cargo space, even by wagon standards, and a unique off-road attitude that only a Subaru can offer. Find a Subaru Outback for sale
Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X is an all-electric crossover with seating for up to seven and an impressive maximum range of 295 miles. Its "falcon wing" rear doors that open vertically are some of the coolest doors in the business and once you’re inside, you’ll likely be impressed by the premium interior and generous cargo space. This Tesla also has a massive infotainment system and offers incredible acceleration, especially if you opt for one of the higher-performance models. If you live somewhere with nice EV incentives and good charging infrastructure, the Model X is worth a look. Find a Tesla Model X for sale