Top 10 Best Family Cars 2016

Ah, family cars. What would life be without them? They’re always there ready to take you and your family anywhere you want to go. No wonder families have always preferred reliable, durable cars that perform well on the road. But more than that, families also want better safety features, good fuel economy, child-friendly seats, and bigger cargo space to meet the demands of a growing household.

Carmudi understands this, so we’re giving you a rundown of some of the best family cars Philippines 2016 that will serve you and your family for years to come. We also understand that these cars are almost like “second homes” for many families, so we're including vehicles that offer the most comfortable and convenient drive on the road.

1. 2016 Kia Soul Hatchback

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The Kia Soul hatchback is a blend of eclectic style, affordable price, ample cargo space, and compact crossover all rolled into one. The cockpit has a funky, intuitive layout, and makes for a comfortable and relaxed drive on the road. Your kids will surely enjoy relaxing in its beautifully-upholstered, ergonomic leather seats.

The 2016 Soul was created with more legroom and headroom space. It has a cargo room that measures 19 cubic feet, which can easily expand to 61 cubic feet when you fold down both of the split rear seatback sections. The abundance of space makes it almost similar to the spacious cargo area of some SUVs—without the added price tag to boot. If you have some extra money, we recommend you choose a higher trim for a faster and smoother ride.

2. 2016 Ford Escape Hybrid

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If you're looking for an environment-loving, compact SUV that offers good fuel economy, then you should look into the Ford Escape Hybrid. This athletic vehicle has received excellent pollution and greenhouse gas scores. Its EcoBoost engine features the Auto Start-Stop Technology that helps saves a lot on fuel. What’s more, the Escape Hybrid’s seats are actually made from tough, recyclable materials. Little things like that require a bit more effort, and that’s something that impresses us, to say the least.

We also like Its foot-operated lift-gate that conveniently opens up when you gently kick under the rear bumper. This will definitely come in handy when you are out with bag loads of groceries, or just moving a lot of your family’s camping gear for a weekend trip to the mountains.

3. 2016 Mazda 3

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One glance at the Mazda 3 and you'll think it's just following the footsteps of Focus. While there's a bit of truth into this, one thing that makes it different is that its radical non-turbo units, lightweight construction, and ample safety features give it an edge compared to other average economy cars in the market today.  We can't emphasize enough how this car really amps up its safety features: Blind Spot Monitors, Technology Package, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support, Forward Collision Mitigation System, Lane Departure Warning System, and Forward Collision Warning are just some of the reasons why safety-conscious families should place the Mazda 3 in their number one list.

An added bonus is its SKYACTIV-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control feature that allows for a smoother and less fatiguing drive for everyone. Perfect for that long trip to your parents in the province.

4. 2016 Honda Civic

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Spacious, affordable, and versatile, the Honda Civic is perfect for families who want the full sedan experience without draining out all their savings in the process. Completely redesigned for 2016, this North American Car of the Year awardee is fun and sporty, with a rear passenger space that gives a lot of room for kids (and adults) to move around. This car has refined interior features that balance its sporty exterior, so they make a good impression even in formal settings.

If you’re looking for safety, then look no further: This vehicle has received the highest available collision safety ratings, an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in North America, and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

5. 2016 Hyundai Sonata

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The 2016 Hyundai Sonata may not be as visually attractive as its predecessor; nor is it as pleasurable to drive as some of the other midsize sedans in the market today. HOWEVER, it more than makes up for it with its versatility and reliability on the road. This car earned the prestigious “Best Family Car” by Kelley Blue Book, receiving excellent marks for safety, comfort, convenience, spaciousness for both passengers & cargo. It also received excellent reviews when it came to the fit of various rear-facing and forward-facing child safety car seats.

Really, this car can do just about anything you want it to, making it ideal for active families who want a versatile car on the road. If you still need a bit of convincing, then look to its spacious, easy-to-use tech gadgets, and high-quality interiors to sweeten up the deal even more.

6. 2016 Hyundai Tucson

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Are you the type of family who loves to hoard groceries in one shopping? Then make sure you drive the 2016 Hyundai Tucson. This spacious and smooth crossover has a large trunk that offers a hands-free power liftgate (Sport and Limited variants). All you need to do is to stand near the vehicle, and its proximity sensors will open the trunk for you once it senses your car key. This makes it one of the most convenient vehicles for families who love shopping, pets, and everything else in between.

And speaking of hoarding,  the Tucson also likes to hoard awards. Among the most notable ones include: Best Compact SUV for the Money by U.S. News & World Report and MotorWeek’s 2016 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Small Utility. We’ll save the rest of its awards for later.

7. 2016 Nissan Murano

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The Nissan Murano is not only a family-friendly car, it's also quite a stunner in its own right. Nissan describes its exterior as a “Sheet Metal in the Key of Stunning”, inspired by the future of aerospace, so it feels like you’re in an aerocapsule with some badass, stylish design.

If your family is not into galactic space, then maybe you’ll enjoy its ample space—literally. This two-row crossover also offers the most comfortable and luxurious seats not just at the front, but also at the back. All the models (except the base) has an 8 inch touchscreen with optional 360 degree angle camera for easy parking. It also detects moving objects, chiming in should a pedestrian suddenly run into your path. If your kids love to sleep in the car, then they will love the Murano. Its smooth ride and absence of cabin noise makes it the best family car to encourage those much needed nappy times—undisturbed.

8. 2016 Toyota Sienna

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They call it the “Swagger Wagon”, and we couldn’t agree more. Muscular, confident, intelligent, and powerful, the Sienna’s most attractive feature, in our humble opinion, is its all-wheel drive function. Active families can make the most off its user-friendly controls, and it doesn’t matter whether they’re trekking through rough terrain or cruising down a busy street.

It’s also whisper-quiet, like you’re inside a library. Your kids will love using the entertainment system located at the rear seats. Available in the Limited Edition model, its unique screen can display a one wide-angle image or two smaller images from separate sources at the same time. Now your kids don’t have to fight for who gets to watch their favorite cartoon. The Dual-View Blu-ray Disc™ Entertainment Center 30 also includes a 16.4-in. color display, a remote, and two wireless headphones, so your kids can listen to their favorite music without sharing earpieces. Did we say your kids will love this? Oh yes, we did.

9. 2016 Honda Pilot

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It’s not called the “Modern Family SUV” for nothing. Completely redesigned for 2016, this SUV offers as many as eight seats with technology features that are way too to cool to pass up. Drive where you want to go with just a few taps of your finger; or use the Rear Entertainment System to listen to your favorite music and sing along with your kids.

What’s more, the Pilot uses the patented Honda Sensing, a suite of safety assistive technologies designed for your family’s safety from start till the end. Features such as Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Collision Mitigation Braking System will keep your family safe and secure on the road.

10. 2016 Subaru Outback

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Wagons may sometimes be overshadowed by crossovers from time to time, but it does have an edge when it comes to combining the spaciousness of an SUV with the handling and flexibility of a standard car.  And if you’re looking for the best wagon for your family, then the Outback is the one for you. Newly-redesigned in 2015, its upgraded exterior and interior offer better comfort, spaciousness, safety, and child-safe car seats for better security.

This all-wheel drive is ideal for all types of family adventure and excursions on the road. Its 8.7-inch ground clearance can slice through floods without flinching, making it one of the best vehicles to use during the rainy season. And the best part? Space. The Outback offers ample room for your family, with more than enough space to fit in all your groceries, cargo, and gears inside the rear.

With all this choice, you should have no problems deciding which family car 2016 is the best for you.

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