The Best Used Cars to Buy for Families

If it’s time for you to search for the top used cars specifically for families, check out the list we’ve put together of the top five.

The list of must-haves

Typical items that families are looking for in their vehicle are:

  • Room for a car seat/booster seat, or multiple seats
  • Plenty of space for cargo
  • Interior that is durable and easy to clean
  • Easy entry and exit of the vehicle
  • Lots of safety features

Vehicles that fit the bill

  • Mitsubishi Outlander - Kelley Blue Book has actually rated this one in their top 10 family cars under $15,000. This one has very impressive fuel consumption of 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. There is a third row of seating, which rates high on the list for many families, and it is classed as a midsize SUV. With 168 HP, a four-cylinder 2.4 liter engine you also know it will have decent power on the road.

  • Ford Fusion - For those families who are looking for something with a little style and a sporty side to it, the Ford Fusion is a great option. This one features a powerful four-cylinder 2.5 liter engine with 175 horsepower. With an engine like that you'll almost forget this is a sedan. Let's not forget to mention the 17 cubic feet of trunk space, ideal for shopping, kids sports equipment, and all the rest.

  • Subaru Outback - This one is perfect for those looking to break into the SUV market, but don't want a full sized one. There is plenty of headroom and legroom, which is important for those trips with the full family. Fuel consumption is great on the highway getting 29 mpg, or 22 mpg in the city according to Kelley Blue Book.

  • Toyota Camry - This is one of those vehicles you see popping up on all kinds of "best of" lists and there's good reason for that. As Kelley Blue Book points out, you can look forward to 22 mpg city driving and a whopping 33 mpg on the highway. This means huge money savings, which any family can appreciate.

  • Honda Odyssey - Minivans will never go out of style for families, and if that's the vehicle you're after this is a great option. This one has 244 horsepower, a V6 VTECT 3.5 liter engine, and can seat up to eight passengers.


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