The Top 5 Used Cars for Families

March 18, 2013

A look at the 5 top used cars for family transportation: the Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Mazda 6, and the Honda Accord.

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Families shopping for a car need to know the top used cars to suit their needs. They want a vehicle that is reliable, comfortable and can do all the duties the family requires. According to many surveys, these are the top used family cars:

Toyota Prius
The Toyota Motor Corporation has a surefire winner in the Toyota Prius. This mid-sized family car is the most fuel efficient car sold in the United States. It can provide many trips for the average family, without the problem of having to constantly stop at the pump.

Ford Fusion
The Ford Motor Company is the inventor of this jewel of a car, which was awarded the "Motor Trend Car of the Year," in 2010. It is very family friendly, new or used. This ranks near the top of the list in top used cars.

Mercury Milan
This car is also a product of the Ford Motor Company, and it is also a winner for many families. Ford's cars and minivans are known for their durability and strong engines.

Mazda 6
The Japanese manufacturer Mazda has a hit in this sleek, fuel efficient vehicle. It is the highest rated among used cars in general, and also draws interest from the typical family.

Honda Accord
This is a very safe and reliable car, with its antilock brake system. This vehicle has the reliability that a family can depend upon and is very fuel efficient. It has a unique design that will suit all family members. The Honda Accord has been known to be enjoyable to drive, and has a very quiet motor.

Related Questions and Answers

Is AWD the Only Difference between the LE Toyota Sienna and the XLE?

The Toyota Sienna XLE AWD is indeed all-wheel-drive, but it also has much more standard equipment than the LE. Yes, the LE can be AWD, but that is actually an option for the LE. As is the 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter power plant and the six-speed automatic transmission. The XLE also includes an automatic rear lift gate, while the doors are automatic. The XLE also has standard leather upholstery, navigation, tri-zone climate control and lounge-style second row seats. There's also a rear DVD entertainment system. Interestingly, the Limited also has all-wheel-drive. For either the LE or Limited, you can order many of the items that you will find as standard in the XLE.

Which of the RAV4 Models Has the Most Amenities?

The all-wheel-drive RAV4 LTD is the most amenity-filled of the RAV4 models. Its features include such things as a 6-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, automatic folding mirrors, sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, climate control, navigation, JBL sound and satellite radio, third-row seating, power steering, power windows, power brakes, tilt/telescope steering column, Bluetooth, heated seats, P225/65R17, 8-way adjustable drivers seat, smart entry system, keyless entry system and much more. It is also the most expensive, topping out at well over $30,000 when you consider all of the pieces. The other RAV4s in the line consist of the basic four-cylinder RAV4, and the RAV4 Sport, which has many of the features of the RAV4 LTD.

What is the Cheapest Way to Boost the Mazda Miata's Performance?

Mazda Miata performance can be boosted several ways, and perhaps the least expensive is a tune-up with a hotter set of plugs and a re-gap of the plugs for maximum performance. You might also want to look online at say, eBay, to find out if there are any hotter chips for your Miata's microcomputer system that will add a few horsepower to the final output of your car. You may also want to make sure that your car's tires are up to pressure and that your trunk is free of extra weight. Plus, you may want to make sure that your car's transmission is in great shape.