How to Choose the Best Car for Your Family

How to Choose the Best Car for Your Family

Your vehicle needs change as your family grows.  With all that precious cargo in tow, we feel a lot of pressure to make the right choice.  It can be so hard to know how to choose the best car for your family.

After we found out that we would be adding a new addition to our family, I realized our vehicle needs would change as well.  Going from three to four children means all cars are off the list!

That left us with the choices between trucks, suv’s and mini vans.  With having been in an accident that left me with back injuries, I realized my choice would also be based on how high I could life that car seat!

This knocked our list down to pretty much mini vans and some suvs.  Even so, there were so many to choose from!  Today, I want to share with you the knowledge I have learned over the years for how to choose the best car for your family!

How to Choose the Best Car for Your Family

Choosing a new family vehicle is a major event for any family.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could just enter some data into a form and out pops the answer to which is the best car for your family?!

While there is no such form, there are some ways to narrow down the search.  Making sure your new vehicle meets your family’s needs doesn’t have to be a nightmare.  Let’s check out how to choose the best car for your family!

Safety, Reputations, and Value:

Knocking out some of the more common factors first, you do need to consider safety first and foremost!  Whether you buy new or used, you need to weigh in the factors on how the vehicle drives.  You can check out Kelley Blue Book to see all the data collected on each make and model!.

Reputation and Value are another big factor.  Having a vehicle that is known for its high quality and value is always a great deal of comfort!  You also want to determine which vehicle is going to be the most cost efficient for your family.  That doesn’t just include the price tag.  Consider maintenance costs and gas mileage as well!

Passenger Size:

Every family is different.  A family with only one or two children might prefer to opt for a small vehicle like a Chevy Bolt.   For a family with four to five children, that just wouldn’t work.  Take into consideration just how many seats you must have in your next vehicle.

Car Seats:

Will you need to use a car seat or booster seat. or even multiples of these?  You will need to take into consideration how much space is needed for each seat, as well as distances from the front seats to the back.

If you will have multiple rows of seats, you will need to see if you can maneuver those car seats through the rows.  It’s almost impossible to get to the back row to work with car seats when there aren’t bucket seats in the middle!

Cargo Room:

Most every vehicle has some form of cargo room, but having the right amount for your family is key!  Will you need space for strollers, special equipment, or large grocery runs?  Many SUVS and Minivans offer seats that fold down and lower floors for better storage.


Vehicles these days come with so many options!  One thing to consider would be how much technology do you need or want.  There are back up cameras, dvd players, bluetooth, wifi, and a whole huge list of extras these days!  Decide what technology you want (or don’t want) before heading to the dealership!

There Ya Go!

That was our list for How to Choose the Best Car for Your Family.  Do you have any more tips? If so, let us know in the comments below!


Alicia Trautwein is an autism parenting coach living in Missouri. She is the creator behind The Mom Kind, a website dedicated to parenting neurodiverse families.  She is featured in the "Amazing Moms" coffee table book by Hogan Hilling & Dr. Elise Ho.  She shares her expertise along with her experience in parenting children, both with and without autism.

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