Passenger space is critical for families with higher transportation needs. However, for some women — and perhaps you’re one of the — shopping for a minivan is about as appealing as shopping for a new refrigerator.
While minivans are undeniably practical, they aren’t your sole option for transporting your large family (or your carpool, gymnasts, or hockey players). In truth, there is a slew of excellent options that offer greater functionality and style. And a select handful has a particularly long tail. The items at the top of our list are listed below.
2016 Ford Explorer
The stylish look of the 2016 Ford Explorer is reminiscent of a Range Rover but at a fraction of the price. The cabin is quiet, roomy, and pleasant, with a comprehensive list of high-tech features including power-folding third-row seats and adaptive cruise control. If you’re a power-hungry mom (or buying for one), the available Ecoboost V6 engine has plenty of it.
2016 GMC Acadia
The 2016 GMC Acadia is one of the few passenger vehicles that can seat eight full-size adults, so it can withstand any growth spurts your children may experience. Behind the rear seats, there are 24.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and all versions come with an onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi Internet connection as standard. The 2017 Acadia, which seats up to seven passengers and is smaller, lighter, and more fuel-efficient, will be available soon at used cars in hollywood fl.
2016 Honda Pilot
The 2016 Honda Pilot has a plethora of convenient storage spaces as well as superb ride and seat comfort. It comes with the most up-to-date high-tech safety features, which helped it earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus certification. Its V6 engine provides strong acceleration and surprisingly good fuel economy for a vehicle in this class. For carpool warriors who must contend with rainy and icy roads, there is a clever all-wheel-drive system.
2016 Kia Sorento
At an unbeatable price, the Kia Sorento provides luxury-level quiet and features. It boasts the best warranty (5-year/60,000-mile comprehensive, 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain) and is the only three-row crossover on this list that costs less than $30,000. The appealing cabin design and user-friendly controls receive great reviews. The IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ award is the clincher.
The Prius has also progressed stylistically, with a sleek design that sets it apart from previous generations. While several of our other favorites are hybrids as well, we can’t forget about the one who started it all.