What Metrics Should You Consider When Selecting A Family Car?

What Metrics Should You Consider When Selecting A Family Car?

As parents, we have to make many decisions on a daily basis, and sometimes those decisions are worthwhile and sometimes they’re mistakes that we learn from. This is totally normal, and should be understood so that you don’t fall into the toxic and unrealistic trap of trying to be a ‘perfect parent’ – being a great parent is what you are and it’s more than enough.

That said, sometimes the investments that you make are so intensive, and will have consequences for so many years, that getting it right is practically necessary. For instance, where you choose to live, what school you have your children attend (or if you home school them as many more parents are seeing the value in), and of course, what kind of car you drive around in.

This last point might not seem so important, but we’re willing to bet that any parent would want nothing more than the utmost safety on the roads when driving their children around. Finding the right car for your needs and your budget, then, is quite important.

With that in mind, let’s consider a number of metrics you can use to judge this decision. In this way, we hope another parental decision you have to make is just a little easier.


Of course, the space you have to spare within the vehicle will determine how comfortable you and your passengers are. But space can mean much more than just how much legroom you have and how many people you can seat. For instance, some vehicles allow for you to pull down or pull up the chairs as necessary, giving you more space in the rear if you need it.

Space can also signify exactly how the inner space of your car is constructed. For instance, is your middle seating a large bench or two individual arm-chair-like seats? Is there room for a dog to comfortably sit if necessary? What if you need to pack your vehicle with a large amount of luggage when heading on your vacation? All these questions can be a good way to gauge the utility of space as you make your decision.

For some families, a simple five-seater hatchback will be fine. For others, a seven-seater or even nine-seater people carrier may be essential for bringing the entire clan together. It might be that you find a combination of two of these cars can help you out, one to run around in, and another for those group journeys.

Fuel Economy

Of course, families are notoriously expensive to keep up with, and households can be pricy to run. For that reason, fuel economy is likely high on your list of priorities, but of course, it’s important to gauge the relative need of that fuel economy based on the kind of car you buy. A nimble city car will likely have much better fuel economy than a larger 4×4 vehicle, but that’s not to say you can’t make accommodations when choosing that latter option.

After all, hybrid and electric vehicles present a worthwhile opportunity to not only improve your fuel spend each month but to reduce emissions. That in itself could warrant adopting a vehicle with this kind of technology, especially when you consider how most mainline vehicle manufacturers are producing or developing their concepts for their hybrid or electric output.

Your Driving Habits

Your driving habits are worth considering when purchasing a new vehicle. What are you most likely to do with it? It’s all very well and good to plan large road trips and seeing the potential in huge cross-country travel when purchasing a car, but if you’re not going to do that too regularly then a smaller vehicle could probably provide you with more value now.

Or, perhaps you do actually live in quite a rural environment where harsh snows and sometimes even off-roading is necessary to get around in your day-to-day. Those who live on or near farms may not be too unfamiliar with this prerequisite when purchasing a vehicle. In this way, you may wish to learn more about cars that are sturdy and even offer winching capabilities, so that you can feel protected on the roads at all times.

Maybe you’re just tired of driving an older vehicle that tends to break down all the time, forcing you to visit proprietary garages and replace them with expensive proprietary parts. Purchasing a newer model that has proven reliability and can be repaired with off-brand, often just as good replacements at your local garage could save you plenty of headaches. For this reason, identifying your priorities can save you plenty of trouble when it comes to deciding on a car.

Room For Accessories

There used to be a time where the headlights of a vehicle were considered an amazing new and unique accessory. Nowadays, many cars are connected to the internet, provide you with up-to-date road traffic information, and can even offer streaming and entertainment capabilities.

But perhaps you wish for more than an impressive infotainment system. A top brace you can use to store a top box storage container might be useful for those aforementioned vacations. The strength and connection capabilities for those who wish to bring along trailers or caravans can also be worth considering when purchasing a vehicle.

Perhaps you wish to fit a certain kind of tires thanks to how dirty and loose the roads around your rural home are during the winter. Making sure these compatibilities and adaptability is a provision you’re able to purchase ahead of time will help you avoid a nasty surprise if selecting an unnecessary model.

With this advice, we hope you can iron out the metrics you find most important when selecting a family car moving forward. Odds are, with a little care, and the willingness to set these priorities in order, searching for a new vehicle out of all the models and brands you could choose from becomes a little easier, and pricing that purchase will also be less of a headache.

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Jess Benoit

Jess is a homeschooling mama of 3, wife, gamer, Whovian, Nerd

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