A nice thing about family SUV's is that you kind of know what to expect from them. Some may come with more features than others, but generally, you know that you're going to get generous seating and more safety features than you might enjoy with a typical compact or sports car. Family SUV's are designed for families, and it's nice knowing that you can walk onto a lot, buy a family SUV, and drive off with a car that will get your whole family from point A to point B. But of course, some family SUV's are better than others. Here are three of the best options for 2019.
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is an example of what you can achieve with a few tweaks in just the right places. This is the fifth generation version of the SUV, and it's about what you expect from the series, just, you know, better. One of the first things you'll notice is that the RAV4 has been given a full redesign, with a more chiseled look compared to the smoother edges of earlier models, and more ground clearance. The basic model sits six point six inches off the ground, while the larger option offers seven and a half inches of clearance. Both the front and back end of the car has been shortened on all models, making for an SUV that's easier to maneuver in the city or out in the sticks. The XLE RAV4 comes in at $34K, with the Limited trim level bumping it up to $39K. Specs have yet to come in on MPG, but previous models would get you 34 miles to the gallon, and the new model is expected to surpass that.
The new Acura RDX is a luxury crossover SUV that more than earns the name. Check out that glass roof. Pop it open to see the stars at night or take in the full majesty of the sunset. It really does provide a luxury experience at a family SUV price, starting at $37,300, with a 272 hp VTEC TURBO engine running at 24 miles to the gallon combined city/highway. Super handling all-wheel drive and a roomy interior put the finishing touches on the luxury driving experience. And check out the IDS, a knob that lets you choose between comfort, sport, sport+ and snow driving modes. Comfort is smooth for long rides, snow is for rough weather, and sport and sport+ offer more aggressive shifting and sharper turning.
Finally, there's the Hyundai Santa Fe, with a fully redesigned body and pretty much all the best safety features. The successor to the Hyundai Sport, the Santa Fe features an advanced all-wheel-drive system for handling rough terrain, a backup camera, emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control no matter your trim level. Expect 22/29 city/highway miles to the gallon. The auto starts at $25,400 for the SE 2.4, $27,600 for the SEL 2.4, and $29,800 for the SEL Plus 2.4. A good all-around option for a family SUV. Safe, roomy, and fun to drive.
The family SUV is a staple of the American highway. Big and spacious, but not too big, with many luxury and sport hybrid options available. These models prove that you don't have to stop having fun just because you have a family to take care of.