4 Best Cars for Active Families
When your family leads a busy life, you need a family car that keeps up. It should have plenty of storage space for your sporting gear, get great fuel economy since you spend plenty of time behind the wheel, and also be large enough to comfortably accommodate your whole clan. Of course, when it comes to family cars, safety should always be at the front of your mind. Finding a car that meets your criteria might seem impossible, but we’ve got you covered with these great cars for active families.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe: Impressive Crossover SUV
Hyundai dubs the 2020 Santa Fe its “family-first SUV.” That’s your first clue that the whole family will love this comfortable crossover SUV. It’s a midsize SUV, so it has all the space you need without sacrificing fuel economy. There are two engine choices: a capable 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a zesty turbo 2.0. The latter is offers more torque, which really comes in handy when you’re hauling the whole family up hills.
It seats five but feels more spacious than most cars in its class. There’s plenty of headroom and legroom in the front and back. The rear seats even have plenty of reclining room, all the better to send kids off to sleep after a busy day. There are 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the back, but you can increase storage capacity to 71.3 cubic feet with the back seats folded down. The false load floor offers even more hidden storage space. The power liftgate is so convenient when you’re loaded up with sporting gear or suitcases. If you are road-tripping, you’ll appreciate the Santa Fe’s intuitive infotainment system.
Its SmartSense safety suite includes many of the safety features other car brands charge extra for. Forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist all come standard. There’s also Safe Exit Assist, which alerts you if a vehicle is approaching from behind. Rear occupant alert lets you know if a child or pet has been left in the back seat. All these features come standard across the range. The latest Santa Fe also comes with the option of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Add in a comprehensive 10-year powertrain warranty for your peace of mind and there’s a lot to like.
2020 Hyundai Palisade: Luxury on Every Level
If your kids are past the sticky fingers stage, you might consider upgrading to the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. It replaced the Santa Fe XL as Hyundai’s luxury SUV, so it’s really meant for large families who love the finer things in life. It’s not all about flash, though. The SmartSense safety suite, Safe Exit Assist, and 360-degree camera all make the Palisade a family car of substance.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s well-appointed cabin has space for eight people over three rows of seating. That makes it perfect for larger families or those who always get roped into carpool. It’s wider and longer than the Santa Fe XL to make sure you never feel cramped. Even teens and adults should feel reasonably comfortable in the back row. With all seats occupied, you still get 18 cubic feet of space behind the back seats. That jumps to 45 cubic feet when you fold down the back row and 86 cubic feet with the second row folded flat.
All trim levels come with an impressive 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard, but you can choose all-wheel drive if your family loves getting active off-road.
2020 Hyundai Veloster: Sporty Car for Families
The 2020 Hyundai Veloster proves there’s more to family cars than SUVs. Many families would immediately dismiss this sporty looking vehicle because it doesn’t seem as sensible as many cars on the market. However, they’d miss out on all the fun.
Admittedly the unique three-door layout and sloping roofline make using child seats challenging. However, if your kids are a little older, this is an appealing choice for parents seeking a car more eye-catching than an SUV. It seats four comfortably, so it’s ideal for small families wanting something sleek to get around in. There’s also plenty of family-friendly features, like a storage cubby between the rear seats for keeping crayons and drink bottles.
Despite being a hatchback, there are 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat. That’s enough room for your groceries, a few school bags, and a few extras like umbrellas and soccer balls. Fold down the back seats, and you’ll get 44.5 cubic feet of space. It’s worth noting this is 10 cubic feet more than the pre-2019 model Velosters. It might look a little dangerous, but the 2020 Hyundai Veloster also comes with the active safety features of the SmartSense safety suite.
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric: The Ultimate Green Solution
Sustainable car options rarely get the love they deserve from families. However, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric may be the one to change all that after it earned the title of best electric family car at What Car? Electric Car Awards in August.
It makes sense for active families to consider a green car like the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq because all the miles they travel can really add up. The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq will travel up to 193 miles between charges, which is much farther than its rivals. Its five-year unlimited mileage new car warranty is also better than its competitors for your peace of mind.
The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric features a spacious, well-appointed interior that comfortably seats five. There are two trims available. The base model SE is refined, but the Limited has just a little more luxury. Since you spend a lot of time on the move, you’ll appreciate its 10.25-inch touch screen (an upgrade from the standard 8-inch screen), luxe leather upholstery, and Harman Kardon premium sound system. Both options feature the Hyundai SmartSense safety system.
All these cars are ready for you to test drive today at Hiley Hyundai West in Fort Worth. Bring the whole family along to make sure the new car you love is the right one for your busy brood.