Budget-Friendly Used Family Vehicles that Will Keep You Comfortable and Safe

Budget-Friendly Used Family Vehicles that Will Keep You Comfortable and Safe

Whether you’re gearing up for a family vacation, preparing for your kid’s first big sports season or simply looking for a reliable vehicle to get your family safely from point A to point B, finding a great choice within a reasonable price range can feel impossible. Thankfully, despite the dread that might come from the task upon a first glance, there are actually many wonderful, safe, and budget-friendly family vehicles available in the used vehicle marketplace. To assist you in making the perfect choice for your family, here are some budget-friendly used family vehicles that will keep you comfortable and safe: 

2013 Toyota Sienna 

One of the most sought-after used vehicles for larger families, the mixture of features, comfort, and safety packed into the Sienna is hard to beat. With the ability to safely carry up to seven passengers, it’s especially perfect for families who are always getting involved in events. The V-6 engine allows you to feel the power you desire while driving as well, although you’ll have to search far and wide if you want to find the difficult-to-spot four-wheel-drive version. Thanks to the ultra-high safety ratings of the vehicle, it’s a dream for those looking to score lower insurance premiums. 

2013 GMC Acadia

If you’re in the market for a mid-size SUV, the Acadia provides one of the slickest, most cutting edge options. Especially for drivers who love to feel upscale when hauling their family around, the brand name alone will have you turning heads. Thankfully, ultra-high safety ratings, massive cargo space, and tow-worthy strength make the vehicle that much more desirable. If you’re a professional power couple with brand new babies, this might be the best option on the list. Newer models allow you to more reliably find CPO (certified pre-owned) vehicles on the marketplace as well, which will make your find, even more, budget and insurance friendly. 

2008 Honda Civic

For families on an especially tight budget, the 2008 Honda Civic is by far the best option on the market in terms of regular-sized cars. The ability to buy one with reasonable mileage for under $5000 and its well-known safety combine to make it the best budget-friendly family vehicle on the list. Thankfully, it’s also packed with comfortable seating, plenty of storage space (for a car its size), and a cute look that many moms will love. 

2014 Honda Accord

If you’re looking for something similar to the 2008 Honda Civic in terms of style and size, but want something more feature-packed and modern, the 2014 Honda Accord is an excellent choice. Not only has it been praised for its ultra-comfy interior, but it has surprisingly deep storage space as well – with a full 15.8 cubic feet for cargo space included. If you’re not worried about needing more than 5 passengers’ worth of seating and are in the market for an ultra-safe mid-size car, the Accord is exactly what you’re looking for. 

2012 Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 models have been a staple of sporty families since the first model debuted. The reliable, fuel-efficient and slick design of the car make this one of the most desirable mid-size SUVs on the market. While it might look like a five-passenger vehicle at first, the model can actually accommodate up to seven passengers, making it that much more tailor-fit for parents who are constantly involved in their children’s sporting events. 

2013 Honda CR-V

Honda might be most well-known for their cars, but their SUV models can be breathtaking as well. The unique design of the CR-V, and its ability to provide power and fuel efficiency in one package, have made it popular amongst families on a budget. The 2013 model is especially sought after thanks to its prestigious nabbing of the IIHS 2013 Top Safety Pick award. For those demanding the top stats in style, safety and comfort, the CR-V is undeniably attractive. 

2011 Toyota Highlander

The Highlander’s amazingly cool name is far from its only eye-catching quality. Its spacious design, fuel-efficient engine, and comfortable cushions make it a great choice for families who find themselves taking long road trips or who have to make frequently lengthy commutes. The model can come packed with either a V-6 or 4-cylinder engine, but both are renowned for being extra-powerful for an SUV model. If you’re looking to buy a used vehicle in preparation for a road trip, the Highlander has you covered. 

2008 Scion xB

Another ultra-budget-friendly choice, the Scion xB is perfect for families who want the under $5000 price tag of the 2008 Honda Civic, but with more storage space and features. The boxy design may turn off some buyers (and thrill others), but if you find yourself falling in love with the quirky design, this is the choice for you. After all, the boxy design was crafted to add high-safety ratings and a more crash-resistant body. 

It’s Time to Hit the Road

All of these options are sure to keep your family safe, comfortable, and happy. Buying a used vehicle is not only more budget-friendly but can save you tons of money on insurance and repairs in the long run. Find one of these models in the right condition and mileage range for your tastes and you’ll be ready to hit the road running knowing that your family will make it safely from point A to point B every single time.

About the author
Mrs. Hatland is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

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