Best Vehicles for Large Families

By Paul Hawk

While looking for the perfect vehicle for your active family, cost can be a big issue. When buying a larger vehicle, we obviously assume we're going to be paying a larger price. In this article, we'll look at some of the best "bang for your buck" 7 passenger vehicles. By the time we're through, you'll see that it's entirely possible to fit your family with a stylish, economical SUV that fulfills all of your needs.

2011 Buick Enclave

The Enclave gives families everything they need out of a family sedan, but it gives it to them in the stylish setting of an SUV. It comes standard with a 3.6L V6 engine, which gives you plent of power. However, it doesn't sacrifice fuel economy to get there. The AWD models boast 20 miles per gallon and the FWD models give you 24 mpg. You get power without the hit to your wallet.

The Enclave offers numerous features that will make road trips breeze by, including navigation, DVD player, overhead entertainment system, heated leather seats, OnStar, and XM Satellite Radio to name a few. Safety will never be a concern with Enclave because it has a lower overall height and longer wheelbase to reduce the possibility of rollover accidents. When you add up all these features, Enclave is might just be the perfect 7 passenger vehicle.

2011 Dodge Durango

With 5 distinct models available for the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango, it's easy for everyone to find a Durango that fits their unique family needs. Options include the base model Express, which sports a 3.6L V6 engine that flexes a gas mileage of up to 23 mpg, auto headlamps, Sirius Satellite Radio and Tri-Zone climate control. Models only get better from there.

As you move up to the Citadel model, which comes standard with the 5.7L Hemi V8, other options will arise like the parking assist system with backup camera, power lift gate and heated front and second row seats. All Durango models will allow you to tow just about anything up to 6200 lbs. with the V6 and up to 7400 lbs. with the available 5.7L Hemi V8. With the 5 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, all your worries are even taken care of. Dodge doesn't expect you to have any problems, but if you do, they'll take care of them.

2011 Ford Expedition

The Expedition has always been a dependable and comfortable option for families who need a 7 or 8 passenger vehicle. While the Expedition still boasts a 5.4L V8 in all its models, you can now enjoy options such as heated second row seats, heated and cooled front seats, power lift gate and Ford SYNC technology, keeping you entertained and connected while on the road. In addition, you can also take all your toys with you with the towing capacity of up to 9000 lbs., one of the best in its class. With 8 different models to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect model with the options you want at the price you need.

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