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Posted on 2017-12-08

Top Family Cars of 2017

The process of buying a new family car is exciting for the entire family (pets included)! A new family car is often the beginning of a new era of family adventures and the starting point of memories that can last a lifetime.

So it’s a big decision. Here’s a list of some of the most popular family car options for 2017 that can help get you one step closer to good times and family adventures.

Honda HR-V Crossover

Priced between an economical $26,000 – $39,000 the Honda HR-V Crossover is a compact family SUV that’s packed with features to suit the entire family. The SUV features a fuel efficient (6.6 L / 100km) 1.8L engine and comes with the highest possible ANCAP safety rating: 5 stars. Other family friendly features include a multi-angle reversing camera, lane watch technology, heated seats and plenty of storage for family adventures (including grocery shopping, we know that can be an adventure, too)!

Mazda CX – 5

Priced between $30,000 – $50,000 the Mazda CX-5 has a range of models to suit various lifestyles and budgets. The sleek and stylish shape of the new era CX-5 comes standard with a range of trim choices including cloth (perfect for younger kids), suede and leather. The CX-5 is packed with technology: MZD Connect has entertainment covered, Bose Premium Audio for crystal clear sounds and active driving display (for safety and it looks cool, too). The CX-5 also scores 5 stars for a perfect ANCAP safety rating.

Kia Sportage

Priced between $28,000 – $48,000 the Kia Sportage is an excellent medium-sized SUV that comes in both diesel and petrol options. The Kia Sportage features a stylish full window sunroof, your kids will love looking up at the sky during road trips, as well as tech features such as an Intelligent Park Assist System and a hands-free smart power tailgate. And yes, the Kia Sportage has a 5 stars ANCAP rating, too.

Kia Grand Carnival

Priced between $25,000 – $48,000 this large SUV offers BIG value. If you have a larger family, the Kia Grand Carnival will seat up to 8 people in style and comfort. Voted the Best Australian Family Wagon 2016, the Grand Carnival is a winner with customizable seating options for families of all shapes and sizes (including your furry friends). Chose from either a 3.3L V6 petrol engine or a 2.2 CRDI turbo diesel engine. The Kia Grand Carnival offers fuel economy without sacrificing power and is packed with all the tech features you want like smart key push start, heated seats and a smart power tailgate. 5 star ANCAP safety rating – covered!

Subaru Outback

Priced between $36,000 and $60,000 the Subaru Outback is perfect for both city and off-track driving. Voted Australia’s best car (AWD SUX <$50,000) and Gold at the 2016 Mother and Baby Awards, the Outback had plenty to rave about. Features include drive-assist technology, large touchscreen LCD with built in Pandora (great for family road trips), satellite navigation, and a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

You may notice a trend here. When it comes to family cars, there a few consistent features that are important to consider:

  • Safety: you’ll notice all 5 models above have the highest possible safety ratings in Australia
  • Price: family cars need to be high in quality, but shouldn’t break the bank
  • Features: families need plenty of room for activities and pets, but also key entertainment and style options to keep the entire family happy

When you’ve made your choice, you’ll need to consider how you will finance your new wheels. It’s best to not immediately opt for dealer finance. While your dealer will offer a finance option, often the best course of action is to get pre-approval before you even go to a dealership. Pre-approval allows you to know what your budget is and you have more room to negotiate.

You can also go for a secured car loan, or if you are considering refinancing already, you may be able to save a lot on interest by using your mortgage.

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