10 best family hybrid vehicles
Many people buying hybrid passenger vehicles, are doing so for the first time and are probably not too familiar with the hybrid options available (more info and ratings see here and here). We’ve narrowed the list of hybrids down to a list of the three best hybrid passenger vehicles on the market today.
1. Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai has gained a good reputation over the years for affordability, design and reliability. The Santa Fe lives up to this reputation. It’s quite a looker, with a smooth modern exterior. It is powered by a 290 horsepower V-6 3.3 liter engine and a six speed automatic gearbox, with power settings for sport, eco and normal. This vehicle certainly has enough power! While front wheel drive is standard across the range, all-wheel drive is available as an option. The interior is spacious, with three rows of seating – the shorter wheelbase Santa Fe Sport has only two rows of seats. There’s an impressive amount of equipment: a 7.0 inch touch screen comes standard on the SE along with a multi-view parking camera, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning to name just a few. Tech specs and price – fuel consumption: 18/24 MPG; 0-60 MPH: 7.1 sec; top speed: 128 MPH; price: $31 295 – $37 145.
2. Dodge Grand Caravan
The exterior styling of the Dodge is bold and classic, though some may find the look a little outdated and boxy. It has a no nonsense basic feel about it has a 283 horsepower 3.6 liter V-6 engine powering the front wheels through a six speed automatic gearbox. There is no all-wheel drive option available. The interior has a very spacious feel, with a neat black and cream color scheme and plenty of handy storage compartments. It has 3 rows of seats, the second and third rows fold cleverly into the floor base, making it great when transporting large items. It has the lowest level of mod cons and features of the three, however the top model does have blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Tech specs and price – fuel consumption: 17/25 MPG; 0-60 MPH: 7.9 sec; top speed: 113 MPH; price: $24 590 – $33 490.
3. Buick Enclave
The Buick has a strong and aggressive look to it, with superb lines and subtle chrome detailing. It has the look that compares to that of a body-builder in a tailored suit. It is powered by a 281 horsepower 3.6 liter V-6 engine coupled to a six speed automatic gearbox. The Enclave is available in either front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The interior is all about luxury and class, with plenty of leather and wood finishes. It too, has the standard configuration of three seating rows. The Enclave comes with every feature you could possibly think of in a car, many as standard and some optional. Buick has obviously opted for unlimited opulence and comfort when designing the Enclave. Tech specs and price – fuel consumption: 16/22 MPG; 0-60 MPH: 7.9 sec; top speed: 108 MPH; price: $39 990 – $50 440.
4. Acura MDX
Acura MDX has incredible features which are the main reason why this vehicle is one of the best 6 passenger vehicles. All models of this vehicle come with 290 hp V-6 and a front wheel nine speed automatic drive. One thing you get from this vehicle you probably will not get in many 6 passenger vehicles is speed and quietness. The handling and breaking system of this vehicle is also very high above average. It is the perfect choice is you are looking for a high performance 6 passenger vehicle.
Volvo XC90 is the SUV you need to go for if you are looking for a luxury family vehicle. This vehicle has a very stylish interior design and is very comfortable for all passengers. There is also enough room for cargo as well as for passengers. The infotainment system is simple and resembles that of a smartphone to ensure all your passengers are entertained throughout the trip. This vehicle also features a number of safety features, has a good fuel economy and it is very reliable compared to other SUVs present in the market today.
6. GMC Acadia
GMC Arcadia can be considered as the jack-of-all trades when it comes to SUVs. You can use this vehicle for carpools as well as long trips on vacation with a number of family members. This SUV not only gives you a lot of space to accommodate a number of passengers but also comes with a number of interesting features. The infotainment in this vehicle has a touchscreen design to give you easy access and also comes with mobile Wi-Fi. The safety features of this vehicle are also very good and they help you protect all your passengers. You get an emergency brake system as well as a rear-seat reminder. These features do not come by easily with SUVs.
7. Toyota Highlander
When you have a number of passengers in your vehicle especially on a long distance journey, excitement is a requirement. The Toyota Highlander is an example of a 6 passenger vehicle which was designed with this in mind. This vehicle features a grille that aids in airflow of the vehicle, Daytime Running Lights which enhance the vehicle style and its visibility and integrated roof rails which minimize the amount of noise which is produced in the overhead when you are not carrying anything in the roof rails.
8. Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento is not what you would expect from a typical SUV. First and foremost, this vehicle is not as large as most of the SUVs in the market today. This is one of the things that make it stand out Its size makes it very road friendly and the great thing about it is the fact that you do not have to compromise on the number of passengers you can carry in the vehicle. With this vehicle, you also get to enjoy a competitive fuel economy. You also get to go through bumps and any kind of ruts easily with the help of the suspension. This vehicle also has an incredible design.
9. Ford Flex
Comfort is one of the most important things to look for when you intend to buy a new SUV. This is important because each and every passenger in the vehicle is going to be comfortable even on long distances. This is exactly what you get from Ford Flex. The cargo space on this vehicle is cube-shaped. This is a very good shape because it helps you have a better arrangement of your luggage and such a design accommodates a lot of luggage as well. You also get to enjoy a twin turbo charged engine and a god fuel economy with this vehicle.
10. Ford Explorer AWD
Ford Explorer AWD is one of the best SUV is when it comes to high-tech features. Apart from this, this is the kind of vehicle that gives you a lot of cargo space including a lot of space just behind the third row which is where most people have trouble with This vehicle also has a turbocharged engine which enables you to enjoy maximum power. Ford Explorer AWD is also very quiet and most importantly, this vehicle is very comfortable for all your passengers. The other amazing thing you get from this vehicle is the fact that it is not too big. This makes it very road friendly compared to other SUVs.
Buying a hybrid vehicle makes good sense when it comes to fuel consumption and environmental awareness. Of the three passenger vehicles we’ve looked at, there many similarities among them. All have pretty much the same engine size and power, they all have three rows of seats and plenty of space for people, pets and luggage. They are all very practical, safe and comfortable. The difference comes into play, when looking at the price and specification levels of the three passenger cars we’ve reviewed. Let’s take a basic look at how they match up against each other. At the bottom of the price range, we have the Dodge – around $7 000 cheaper than the Hyundai and an astounding $15 400 cheaper than the Buick! Along with the lower price tag come less features, both as optional or standard. Of the models we’ve reviewed, it’s the only model that does not offer the option of all wheel drive. The Dodge does not have a rear view camera, automatic dimming headlights, touch screen or many of the other features that come as standard or optional on the other passenger cars we’ve looked at Of the three, it has the most outdated styling, with an exterior that looks like a boxy SUV from ten years ago. On the plus side, it’s a no nonsense affordable family car. I think there’s a lot of people out there who will make the Dodge their first choice, based purely on the price. Placed neatly in the middle, is the Hyundai. With its elegant modern design and reputation for reliability and service. The Hyundai has an impressive array of comfort and safety features, which makes it a perfect blend of affordability and luxury. The fact that the Hyundai offers all the mod cons on offer in most modern passenger vehicles, whilst maintaining a reasonable price tag, should make it the most popular of the three. This is where Hyundai vehicles have positioned themselves in all categories of the vehicle market, affordable – with an acceptable degree of luxury. This middle of the road approach may make the vehicle seem a little dull and boring, but it’s an approach that seems to work. For people who place luxury and comfort above price, the Buick is the vehicle for you. At the top of the price range, it offers everything money can buy, from the stylish and opulent interior, to the graceful and classy exterior. The Buick is the VIP of family passenger cars, and won’t look out of place parked in front a top golf club. If you feel you want to stand out from the crowd, or believe that comfort and luxury should be of the highest standard, you’ll want to choose the Buick. There you have it, something for everyone. If you’re looking for affordability or ultimate luxury, or perhaps something in between, the choice will be yours. With these three top choices in hybrid passenger cars, you will find what you’re looking for