Having a family is an infinitely rewarding experience, but it does often present challenging decisions that must be made. One of the most common problems facing families is trying to find a means of transportation that is up to the task of carrying every member of the family to their respective destinations in a reliable manner. And if that decision wasn’t hard enough, trying to find a vehicle that satisfies those requirements without breaking the bank offers an extra challenge. Thankfully, there are several great options for families looking to maximize convenience and functionality while minimizing cost. Choosing these practical but powerful vehicles can help keep Colorado car insurance costs down and keep your family safe.
1. 2013 Ford Escape
Ford recently restyled the classic Escape, which has been a high-performing SUV for years. Now the vehicle is positioned more as a crossover, with a size smaller than most SUVs but still providing enough room for the whole family. Additionally, the 2013 Escape offers 31 miles per gallon highway and 21 miles per gallon city, making it a good choice for taking kids to school, soccer practice and everywhere in between. The stylish and powerful Escape also offers plenty of interior entertainment options and the practical navigation and hands-free phone features of SYNC with MyFord. The 2013 is also budget-friendly, making it an excellent choice for families, and the solid safety ratings contribute to lower Colorado car insurance costs.
2. 2013 Toyota Prius C
One sure-fire way to keep transportation-related costs down even with a busy schedule of activities is to cut down on gas consumption. The 2013 Toyota Prius C can certainly help with that task, as the hybrid offers unbeatable fuel economy. But that’s not all; even the base models are equipped with higher-end features such as Bluetooth connectivity, and prices start around $19,000. This four-door is on the smaller side compared to a minivan or an SUV, but it does provide room for two passengers in the back. And while the Prius C isn’t the largest family car, it is highly maneuverable and offers an impressive number of airbags, resulting in high safety scores for protecting every member of the family.
3. 2013 Nissan Quest S
Nissan may be more well known for their powerful sedans and coupes, but the company also offers an impressive entry in the minivan category. With a V6 engine, the Nissan Quest S provides enough power to fuel cross-country road trips, and it also provides enough fuel efficiency to make shorter trips worthwhile as well. The Nissan Quest S also offers something that many crossovers and sedans can’t match: a massive cargo capacity. At more than 108 cubic feet of storage, the Quest’s interior is capable of a full load of luggage, sports equipment, coolers, or whatever the day requires.
4. 2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium Sedan
While many of Subaru’s offerings are promoted in the context of off-road adventures (which are perhaps not ideal for many families), the Impreza 2.0i is particularly well-equipped for everyday travel as well. The hatchback provides generous seating for five as well as an impressive amount of storage space compared to vehicles of similar size. The 2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium Sedan offers all-wheel drive and achieves 34 miles to the gallon on the highway and 25 miles per gallon in the city. With a trip computer, iPod integration and Bluetooth connectivity, there is something for everyone.