Top 5 Best Family Sedans
Need a practical, safe and affordable car to move the family around, but can’t seem to make up your mind? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Whether we like to admit it or not, everyone’s been there. With hundreds of manufacturers and probably thousands of different models, choosing the perfect car is by no means an easy task. You have to take several things into consideration. Practicality, efficiency, price and safety all play a vital role in this process. Factoring everything together, we came up with a shortlist of the best family sedans/SUVs on sale today.
If you’re after the best all-round family car capable of practically anything, look no further. We give you the Honda Civic. Available as a sedan or a hatchback, you can’t go wrong either way. Thoroughly updated just last year, the Civic is a masterclass in what a sedan should really be. Boasting Honda’s latest design language, it’s elegant and sleek with plenty of aggressiveness, and just enough understatement to keep it from attracting unwanted attention. It’s physically bigger than the last model too. That gives more room inside and an even bigger boot, but don’t think for a second its compactness has been compromised. It’s still a go-anywhere, fit-everywhere object, though the interior might give off the illusion that it’s larger than it actually is. The new 1.5-liter turbocharged unit doesn’t sound like a lot on paper, but it’s one of the most exciting small engines to come out of any manufacturer in a long, long time. It’s got plenty of low-down torque, but it likes to be revved out. The 6-speed manual makes the entire ordeal more fun, but if it’s a daily driver, you’re better off sticking with the CVT. There’s over 46 cubic feet of space if you fold the rear seats and 15.1 if you leave them up. It can achieve a real-world mpg figure of 40, giving 420 miles on a single tank of gas. If that’s not a winner, we don’t know what is.
Kia has come a long way since the days when it made plastic, gimmicky products which only sold because they were so cheap. Today, they’re priced to rival with the likes of Chevrolet, BMW and Mercedes, but can actually compete with them performance-wise as well. The Optima is the prime example of Kia’s current market position. It looks gorgeous from the outside, is luxurious on the inside and offers three different engine choices to suit everyone’s needs. It’s fast and economical, with the hybrid version returning a stellar 46 mpg. The best part? It comes with a limited powertrain warranty which covers the car for 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. No other manufacturer can offer that.
To say that the midsize sedan segment is fierce would be an understatement. You either have to offer amazing looks, a luxurious cabin or lots of technology options to keep buyers interested and the model relevant. What Chevrolet has done with the Malibu, is offer everything combined. The Malibu looks like it just came from the set of Transformers, offers a whole plethora of entertainment features and is more than decently quick. The newly-introduced Teen Driver safety suite makes it perfect for families which have novice teenage drivers. It’s also got 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple Car Play, Android Auto and an extremely innovative MyLink infotainment system. If it’s technology you’re after, the Malibu is your safest bet. Think of it as the supercomputer of the midsize family sedan segment.
By this stage you’re probably thinking we’re sponsored by Honda or something, but the truth of the matter is that they really do make some of the best cars in their respective segments at the moment. The Accord has been named Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Award Winner for 2017, among receiving other recognitions and awards. As far as sedans go, this is the one to get no matter what you’re after. Comfort, luxury, looks, economy, performance… you name it, the Accord has it. It appeals to Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials all at the same time. What’s more, the Accord is genuinely fun to drive, making for exciting journeys, not just bearable ones.
The Chevy Impala is a fair bit more expensive than the other cars on this list, but then again, it offers a lot more of everything. For starters, it’s not listed as a midsize sedan. In most tests, it falls under the full-size car category, but the truth is it’s somewhere in between. Is that necessarily a bad thing? No, not at all, because it means it occupies its own little niche market completely by accident. Like its smaller brother, the Malibu, it too boasts an impressive array of features: in-car Wi-Fi, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, wireless charging and a surround sound system with 11 speakers. The OnStar communication system does wonders, especially with the advanced safety features in place to offer maximum security at all times. Best of all, it comes with a class-leading 18.8 cubic foot of trunk space. The base four-cylinder is okay, but we strongly advise you go for the bigger V6. It’s smoother and more powerful, with 306 horsepower on tap.