Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine recently released the results of their ninth-annual Best Family Cars study, and of the nine ideal family vehicles selected, three were made by Hyundai and its sister company Kia. If you’re in the market for a vehicle that is safe, spacious, stylish, and fun to drive, the corner of Crater Lake Avenue and Vilas Road has you covered.
What separates a good car from a great family car? To quote Parents Magazine, great family cars are “standouts in their class, blessed with style, substance, driver- and kid-friendly features, and lots of bang for the buck… Whether you have a new baby or a carload of grade-schoolers to chauffeur to soccer practice, you’ll find a model with the size, capabilities, and price you need to keep your family on the move—and the ride fun.”
That sounds like the Kia Soul, Kia Optima, and Hyundai Tucson, alright! Using the list of factors the Best Family Cars listed as most important, we’re running down just a few of the reasons why the Tucson was selected as “Best Crossover.”
Any discussion of family vehicles begins and ends here. A vehicle’s most precious cargo is its occupants, and when it comes to keeping everybody safe and sound, the Tucson puts most vehicles on the road to shame. It received a 5-Star overall government safety rating, and the IIHS took that a step further, awarding it a Top Safety Pick+. The Tucson comes standard with a rear-view camera for 2016, and optional equipment includes lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection, lane-keep assist, hill start and downhill assists – the list literally goes on and on.
Groceries, children, sports equipment, dogs, dog equipment – family takes up space, and the things we do with our family take up even more space. As a compact SUV, the Tucson can’t hold a small army like some behemoth SUVs can, but it boasts enough space to seat five adult passengers comfortably with space to spare for groceries and sports bags. And if you fold the back seats down? If you regularly need to carry more stuff than the Tucson can hold, we recommend investing in a school bus.
The Tucson’s safety features are its most dramatic advantage over competitors in its weight-class, but as with life, it’s the little things that will make you really appreciate the 2016 Tucson. A lot of cars these days have optional technology that lets you open the trunk or hatch if your hands are full; Ford famously offers drivers the ability to open the trunk by waving your foot under sensor. Hyundai has done them one better, however, by enabling the Tucson to pop the trunk if you have your key on you and approach the door. That may not sound revolutionary, but take it from literally every customer we’ve sold the 2016 Tucson to: you never know how much of a pain getting groceries used to be until you make the switch.
Dana Points, Editor and Chief of Parents Magazine, has nothing but good things to say about the Tucson:
“Hyundai’s Tucson has a spacious interior. Its clever two-stage reclining seats and plenty of legroom allow kids to kick back and relax. Parents whose hands are always full will appreciate the handy tailgate that swings up automatically when you approach with the key in your pocket.”
We couldn’t agree more. So kiss fumbling for the tailgate while trying not to drop the eggs goodbye, and say hello to the best crossover for families that 2016 has to offer!