Top 10 SUVs for Families


The last thing you need during your holiday trip or daily commute is a lack of space and connectivity for everybody’s devices. The best SUVs for families have plenty of room for passengers. They also have lots of convenience features to keep everyone happy and comfortable. Cargo space for all the stuff well as an engine that is capable of moving with ease are also necessary. You may have to compromise to get the best balance of space and features for your family. But there are plenty of good options available. Here are the answers to questions you may have about the top 10 SUVs for families.

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What is the least expensive family SUV?

The Kia Sorento is the least expensive, but you get plenty for the price. It has a nice, high-end interior and plenty of room for either five or seven. Legroom is about average in both the second and third row of seats, although there isn’t quite as much head and shoulder room as there is in the other top SUVs. The Sorento is also a little below average in cargo space with only 73 cubic feet when all the seats are folded flat. The Sorento can be equipped with your choice of three engines. One of them is a 290-hp V6. USB ports, 12-Volt power outlets, Bluetooth connectivity and steering-wheel-mounted controls are standard in all trims. Higher trims come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Starting price for the lower trim level is $25,900.

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Is the Hyundai Santa Fe a good inexpensive family-friendly SUV?

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a comfortably roomy family SUV with room for six or seven. The third row doesn’t have quite as much legroom as the second row, but both have enough room for children and average-size adults. There is a total of 80 cubic feet of cargo space in the Santa Fe and a 290-hp V6 under the hood paired. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as an AM/FM/HD Radio, SiriusXM, and MP3 audio system with six speakers, are standard in all trims. 12-V power outlets are located in the front, rear center console and cargo area. A third-row USB outlet is standard in the higher trims. It isn’t the least expensive, but it’s pretty darn close. Base MSRP for a 2018 Santa Fe is $30,850; however, Hyundai is currently offering $3,500 in bonus cash.

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Is the Ford Explorer a good SUV for a large family?

The Ford Explorer is one of the best SUVs for a big family. It is a three-row SUV with plenty of room for seven passengers, the family dog, and supplies for everyone. There’s a total of 80.7 cubic feet of space in the Explorer with the seats folded down. The higher trims come with a 365-hp 2.3-L EcoBoost I-4 under the hood, which provides all the power this family SUV needs. A 12-speaker audio system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Wi-Fi Hotspot, four 12-V power points and SYNC connect keep everyone well-connected and entertained. A base 2018 Explorer has a starting MSRP of $31,990.

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Is the Ford Flex a spacious SUV?

The Ford Flex is bigger than the Explorer, although it’s not the most spacious in its class. It’s a spacious three-row SUV with seating for seven. The Flex is one of the roomiest when it comes to legroom in the third row, though. It has slightly more cargo space than the Explorer, too, with a total of 83.2 cubic feet. Ford’s 3.5-L Ti-VCT V6 is the standard engine, although the 3.5-L EcoBoost is an available option. Climate control with a rear auxiliary system is standard on all trims. Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control is standard on the top two trims. This SUV is equipped with Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. Four 12-V outlets are standard on all trims. Two Smart Charging USB ports come standard in the two top trims. A 2018 Flex starts out at $30,285.

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Does GMC make a good SUV for a big family?

The 2018 GMC Acadia is one of the best family SUVs, but it’s not as big as others on the list. It’s available with two- or three-row seating for up to seven passengers, and there is a total of 79 cubic feet of cargo space. Acadia is equipped with Smart Slide second-row seats, which makes it easier to get in and out of the third row of seats. Engine choices are a 2.5-L four-cylinder or 3.6-L V6. Tri-zone automatic climate control, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and an infotainment system with either a 7- or 8-inch screen are standard in all trims. The infotainment system also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A rear-seat infotainment system with a DVD player is available. Starting price for a 2018 Acadia is $32,600.

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Is the Atlas one of the best family SUVs on the market?

Yes, it most certainly is, especially for young families. The Volkswagen Atlas is one of the roomiest of the top 10 SUVs with spacious seating for up to seven people. You can secure up to five car seats in it at the same time. It has lots of cargo space, too, with up to 96.8 cubic feet. The two engine options are a 2.0-L turbo and a V6. The best combination of infotainment and tech features come standard in the SE with Technology, and SEL trims. Three 12-V outlets, two USB ports in the front and rear seats, Car-Net App-Connect and Bluetooth connectivity, are all standard in those higher trims. Starting MSRP for the base trim is $30,750. Base MSRP for the Atlas SE with Technology is $37,340.

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Is the Toyota Highlander a good SUV for a family of seven?

Yes, it is. The Highlander has a nice, high-end interior and three rows of seating for up to eight passengers. There is a decent amount of room for passengers in the second row, but tall passengers won’t be able to ride comfortably in the third row. There is plenty of cargo space, though, with a total of 83.7 cubic feet. The Highlander comes with your choice of two gas-powered engines or a hybrid engine. Toyota’s Entune Audio/infotainment system provides all the entertainment technology you could need. The base system includes an AM/FM radio and a CD player, six speakers, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, an auxiliary port and USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, and Siri Eyes Free. Starting MSRP for a 2018 Highlander is $31,030.

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Would the Honda Pilot be a good SUV for a family of six?

The Honda Pilot is a very good SUV with room for seven or eight passengers in three rows of seats. The second row of seating has more legroom than most other family SUVs, although the third row is not quite as roomy. The Pilot also has more cargo space than most others with a total of 83.9 cubic feet. It has a 280-hp V6 under the hood. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, HondaLink, SiriusXM Radio, SMS Text Message Function, Pandora compatibility, a 1.5-Amp Smartphone Port in the front seat and an eight-inch touchscreen are standard in all but the base trim. A USB Audio Interface, Bluetooth Streaming and Hands-FreeLink, an MP3 auxiliary input jack and a 12-V outlet are standard in all trims. Starting MSRP for a base Pilot is $30,900.

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Is the Buick Enclave a good luxury SUV for a family?

The redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave is one of the best family SUVs on the list. It has a new, more aggressive look and a luxurious interior. There is plenty of room for up to seven passengers plus an impressive 97.6 cubic feet of total cargo space. A powerful 310-hp 3.6-L V6 engine is the only option for this SUV. Heated front seats, power lumbar control in the driver’s seat, tri-zone climate control, an eight-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, USB ports, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard features in all trims. Heated second-row seats, a 120-V power outlet, and HD Radio are standard in the higher trims. The base Enclave starts out at $40,990.

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Would the Chevy Traverse be a good family SUV?

Yes, the Traverse is one of the best and most spacious SUVs for a big family. It was redesigned and enlarged for 2018. It has plenty of room for up to eight people and a whopping 98.2 cubic feet of cargo room. A 310-hp 3.6-L V6 SIDI VVT engine is standard in all trims except the RS which comes with a 255-hp 2.0-L Turbo four-cylinder SIDI VVT engine. Infotainment features include the MyLink system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 7” or 8” touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming and USB ports. A 10-speaker premium Bose system and OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi are available options. Tri-zone climate control is standard in all trims. The base trim starts out at $30,925.

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