Every day parents walk into car dealerships and say “I need a family car with lots of room for passengers and cargo, but don’t want a minivan.” If you’re one of these people you’re in luck. The market is crawling with SUV’s and crossovers for just about everybody. Let’s take a look at a few of the best non-minivan options.
The Ford Flex is the only American station wagon. Love or hate the styling, it doesn’t look like anything else on the road. You can get one with a powerful turbocharged V6 making 365 horsepower. Get to the grocery store in record time! Starting at $29,710, the Flex is a great 7 seat value.
Get the kids to practice in British style. The Mini Countryman is a small SUV with seating for 5 and room to spare. Get the S model for a little extra fun. AWD and a manual transmission are also available. Get Euro flair without breaking the bank starting at just $22,750.
One of the quintessential examples of practical Japanese luxury, the Acura MDX is a big seller for a reason. The newly designed 7 seater is one of the more attractive options on our list. A blend of luxury, performance, and technology that Acura is known for shines in the MDX. Starting at $43.950.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Families have been trusting the Jeep Grand Cherokee since the early 90’s and the current one is better than ever. It’s as competent off-road as it is in a suburb or a big city. This rugged Jeep is one of the most versatile SUV’s money can buy. Starting at $29,995, it’s a reasonably priced adventure.
Redesigned for 2017, the new GMC Acadia has become a more formidable player in the luxury SUV market. The affordable base model starts at just $29.070 and the luxurious Denali trim starts at $44.920. This gives you a wide range of features available all in a fantastic platform.
The Honda Ridgeline is like a pickup truck version of a Honda Accord which is a good thing. Excellent road manners and a comfortable interior with a truck bed in the back and available AWD make this a very unique package. This oddball starts at $29,475.
The Toyota Highlander is a lot like a minivan without being a minivan. It’s big, safe, and practical but has bold, exciting styling. Inside and out, the Highlander is easy on the eyes. One thing we really like is the in-dash shelf for all of your stuff. Starting at $30,490, this is a big value.
You didn’t think this list would just be SUV’s and crossovers, did you? The Volvo wagon is iconic. A lot of people don’t realize it’s still alive and well in the form of the V60. Distinct Scandinavian styling, a pleasurable drive, and of course, plenty of room. Starts at $36,150.
The Dodge Durango is a lot like the muscular Charger sedan, but with 7 seats and more room for your stuff. Best in class fuel economy make is a surprisingly economical choice. If you need a little more power, you can get one with a 5.7L Hemi V8. Starts at just $30,495.
Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X claims to be the safest, fastest, most capable SUV in history. It’s hard to dispute the “fastest” claim as it can hit 60 mph in under 3 seconds. This stunning EV doesn’t use gas and has breathtaking falcon-wing doors. They start at $76,500 and go as high as $154,700.
Toyota Prius V
We all know about the Prius, but the bigger, more capable version doesn’t get as much attention. The Toyota Prius V is just a bigger, more capable Prius. You get all of the outstanding fuel economy and value that you would expect. Starting at $26,675, it doesn’t cost much more than a regular Prius.
The biggest Porsche you can buy, the Cayenne was one of the first high-end luxury SUV’s. Porsche is known for aesthetics and performance and you get plenty of both in the Cayenne. Most soccer moms will be content with the base model starting at $59,600.
The classic family SUV. The Chevy Tahoe is truly an all-purpose vehicle. It can fit and entertain the whole family comfortably and bring their cargo along all while towing a boat. Starting at $47,000 you get one of the most capable and versatile vehicles out there. If that’s not enough…
The Chevrolet Suburban is like a Tahoe, but even larger and more useful. It has even more of everything you need. If you’re hauling around up to nine people along with cargo on a regular basis, you can’t do much better than a Suburban. Starts at $49,700.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
The Jeep Wrangler is an American icon. People who know nothing about cars know a Wrangler when they see one. They live up to their reputation of being the ultimate off-roader. That capability can be yours in four-door form in the Wrangler Unlimited. Starts at $27,695.
Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
It’s not very big, but it’s versatile and efficient. The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is a compact wagon with more room inside than you’d expect. If you need to haul people and stuff but don’t want anything too big, consider this smartly packaged VW. Starts at just $21,580.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
If you could get a Gucci handbag in the form of a compact SUV, it would be the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Stylish inside and out, it’s guaranteed to turn heads while getting your errands done. You can even get one as a convertible. This fashion icon starts at $41,800.