DETROIT — It’s an American sermon of passage: The family highway trip.
While everybody loves a end — either it be a Grand Canyon or a beach a few hours from home — not many people penchant a time spent in a car. But a form of automobile we select can assistance palliate that discomfort.
Large sedans or minivans are best for families with younger children, since a windows lay reduce and make it easier for kids to demeanour out, says David Champion, comparison executive of automobile contrast during Consumer Reports. Station wagons are great, too, since it’s easier to strech in behind and get snacks.
When it comes to features, Champion suggests nixing built-in navigation, that can be pricey. It’s too tough to speak to those systems over a sound of a kids in a back, and they can be frustrating to understanding with while driving. Instead, have a newcomer form in a end on a hand-held navigation device or intelligent phone.
Here are 5 new or recently redesigned cars and SUVs that are ideal for highway trips since of their family-friendly facilities or good gas mileage. All of them have tip ratings from a supervision or a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. And, of course, copiousness of crater holders.
1. TOYOTA PRIUS V
If fuel economy is your categorical concern, cruise a Prius V hybrid wagon, that went on sale final fall. The five-seat Prius V gets an estimated 42 miles per gallon in city and highway driving, that isn’t as good as a 50-mpg customary Prius tiny automobile though improved than a non-hybrid competitors among crossovers.
It’s also roomier than a customary Prius, with 13 additional cubic feet of luggage space behind a behind seats. That load space doubles when we overlay down a behind seats, that also recline for immature nappers.
Champion says a Prius V isn’t a many gentle automobile for a prolonged trip, and it’s noisier than some competitors, though it can get we serve before we have to fill up.
The Prius V starts during $26,550. A well-equipped version, with a runroof and a hands-free together parking complement that parks a automobile by itself, will set we behind $30,140.
2. HONDA CR-V
The CR-V, that was redesigned final fall, is consistently one of a best-selling crossovers in a country. Car shopping site Edmunds.com praises a five-seater’s car-like float and fuel economy, that averages 26 miles per gallon. It has 37 cubic feet of load space — a homogeneous of 52 grocery bags — behind a behind seats.
The CR-V has a lot of customary family-friendly features, including a backup camera and a “conversation mirror” that creates it easier for relatives to see what’s going on in a behind seat.
The CR-V starts during $22,495. To get Honda’s behind party system, that has a 7-inch shade mounted above a behind seats and wireless headphones, we have to ascent to a $27,945 EX-L model.
It’s tough to kick a minivan for preference when roving with a family. The Mazda5, that was redesigned for a 2012 indication year, offers minivan amenities like twin shifting doors in a tiny package that’s fun to drive.
It seats six, with second-row captain’s chairs that can recline or overlay down for easier entrance to a third row. It’s not as plenty as a rivals, and a four-cylinder engine has reduction energy than their V6s. But it also gets improved fuel economy: 28 miles per gallon, compared with 24 on a Toyota Sienna.
The Mazda5 starts during $19,625 for a primer transmission. For $1,200, we can supplement a seven-inch beyond guard with a remote control and wireless headphones.
4. HYUNDAI AZERA
The redesigned Azera, that went on sale progressing this year, has a many conduct and leg room of any vast sedan and an ample, 16-cubic-foot trunk. For comparison’s sake, that’s dual some-more cubic feet than a Toyota Avalon, a tighten competitor.
Among a Azera’s customary facilities are a backup camera and exhilarated front and behind seats. At 23 miles per gallon, fuel economy isn’t great, though it’s allied to others in a segment.
The Azera starts during $32,000.
5. FORD FLEX
Champion’s hands-down favorite for a highway outing is a Ford Flex, a seven-passenger automobile that was redesigned for a 2013 indication year and went on sale progressing this year. According to Ford, a Flex has a many second- and third-floor leg room of any vast application vehicle, and there’s 43 cubic feet of load space if a third quarrel is folded down.
It also has one underline disdainful to Ford: inflatable chair belts in a behind that give additional insurance to kids in a crash. The Flex gets 23 miles per gallon.
It starts during $30,885, though many facilities cost extra, and they can supplement adult in a hurry. The inflatable belts are a $195 option, for example, while an party complement with dual 7-inch DVD monitors that can be commissioned for $658.
The ultimate family underline — a refrigerated core console in a behind chair that can chill 7 cans — is a $795 choice in a $42,000 Flex Limited.
The sportier Ford Escape crossover, that arrives in dealerships this month, competence also be a good highway outing contender, though it hasn’t nonetheless been tested by reserve agencies.