Which Ford Vehicles Are Best For Families?

Shopping for a vehicle is never easy, but it's even more challenging when your purchase affects your entire family. Ford manufactures several dependable, high-quality vehicles that are great options for parents, but how do you decide which one is best for you and your kids? The spacious vehicles below work well for families with a variety of needs, whether you've got a trio of toddlers who still use bulky booster seats or you regularly transport goalie pads, musical instruments, or cheer gear.

Ford Explorer

Ford Explorers hold between 5 and 7 passengers, depending on whether you take advantage of the third-row seating in the back. If you only need to transport 5 passengers at a time, then you can fold down the third row and use that area to store groceries, supplies for home renovations, or unwrapped Christmas presents. An Explorer averages 24 miles per gallon on the highway, which is more than the Expedition averages but slightly less than the Flex and Transit Connect get.

Some models have second-row airbags, so you can easily keep all of your family members safe when you're on the road. You can also protect your family by requesting a model with BLIS, which stands for Blind Spot Information System. BLIS helps prevent accidents by alerting you when a vehicle, pedestrian,  or object enters your blind zone.

Ford Transit Connect

Pile the whole family into the Transit Connect, a sleek, contemporary vehicle that boasts features commonly found in both minivans and station wagons. The Transit Connect holds up to 7 passengers, and the back has plenty of room for your family's possessions. Choose the short-wheelbase wagon if you frequently parallel park or live in a community with very little parking space. This easy-to-maneuver vehicle also slides easily into college dorm spots, so keep that in mind if you're thinking about giving your vehicle to your son or daughter when they head to college.

Ford Expedition

The Expedition holds a spot on U.S. News' list of the most affordable three-row SUVs. Its spacious interior has enough seats for 8 passengers, and keeping your passengers entertained is a breeze if you choose a model with SYNC. SYNC transforms your smartphone into a WiFi hotspot, so passengers can watch movies on their tablets, review test questions on their laptops, or flip through virtual magazines on their electronic readers as you drive. This innovative option makes it easy for kids to participate in after-school activities without sacrificing homework time.

Do you travel often or plan to help your teen move into their dorm room in the near future? The Expedition can haul more than 9,000 pounds, so you can attach a trailer packed with suitcases or cardboard boxes without worrying about overloading your vehicle.

Ford Flex

Travel in comfort with the Ford Flex. The low-hanging entrance step makes it simple for young kids to climb inside, while the heated seats ensure that Mom and Dad stay warm on chilly days. A drink holder divides each row of bucket seats in the back, so you don't have to listen to your children argue about how their siblings are sitting too close to them. 

Don't want to use the third-row seat one day? Not a problem. Instead of wrestling around with the seat in an attempt to get it to go down, you can press the practical PowerFold button and watch as the seat slides into your desired position.

If you still can't decide which vehicle you want after reading the information above, don't fret. Visit a Ford dealer and let a knowledgeable sales rep help you make an informed, pressure-free decision.