As Christmas nears, many make plans to travel home with their families for the holidays but the question for some people is what car is best suited for family use? If you plan to travel home with your family at Christmas and it is part of your plan to acquire a car for your family to move around with during the festive period, search no more and read this article to the end.
Before we get right to our topic of discussion, it may interest you to know that family cars are not just about spaces and roominess only. Did you know that a good family car is one that provides a higher degree of safety as well as roominess when families ride together? For instance, a car with an ABS is a much better choice of a family car than one without ABS. The reason for this is not farfetched. An ABS-equipped car will detect and sound a warning or automatically bring the car to a halt in the event of a likely collision providing a 38% more chance of survival.
In this article, Naijauto.com will show you the top 10 family cars you should buy to hang out at Christmas.
Meanwhile, as things are in Nigeria today, cars are considered a great luxury and owning an even exotic car places you on a perceived top rung of the society. However, before you jump unto that societal ladder with your family’s life at stake, you should take a look at the best choices of family cars. In the spirit of Christmas, we’ve discussed a range of average to exotic family cars that are great for family trips and hangouts during the Christmas holiday. Read on to explore.
1. Toyota Sienna
Next to Toyota Camry, Toyota Sienna is arguably the second most popular car on Nigerian roads and there is a good reason for that. Apart from having very roomy interior with propensity to seat up to 7 passengers, it boasts of very comfortable seats for both adults and children. Another reason a Toyota Sienna is a great family car is its safety features which can be said to be top-notch for such a regular car.
Some basic safety features of the Toyota Sienna starting with the 2004 model include anti-lock brakes, stability control, front-impact airbag, side-impact airbags and front seatbelt pretensioners which lock occupants in place in the event of a collision.
Toyota Sienna has very roomy interior with comfortable seats for both adult and children
The Toyota Sienna also boasts of a very decent fuel economy, just next to Camry which is among the reasons some Transport companies deploy Siennas in their operations.
Lastly, the sound system on the Toyota Sienna is just decent enough to keep the whole family comfortable and entertained as they travel together during Christmas.
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2. Toyota Highlander
A three-row Toyota highlander is another great choice to convey your family during Christmas. With a seating capacity for up to 8 persons, and a decent fuel economy, you are well on your way to enjoying your Christmas holiday. The 2015 model Toyota Highlander is equipped with rear DVD entertainment system to keep especially the children entertained all through every ride.
The 2015 model is equipped with rear DVD system to keep your children entertained in the ride
Safety-wise, the Toyota Highlander comes with safety features like tire pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and front airbags, knee airbags and occupant-sensing front airbags in place to ensure the safety of both the driver and his passengers.
3. Toyota 4Runner
You might not find an aesthetic reason to like the Toyota 4Runner but there is every other reason to choose it as a family car. Not only is it a strong car, it boasts of very comfortable interiors and safety features to keep your whole family safe.
While it does not boast of very great fuel economy like Camry or Sienna, it has a very powerful engine paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission to get you anywhere you want and across any terrain hassle-free.
The Toyota 4Runner proves its power in serious off-road confrontations
The Toyota 4Runner is a very powerful off-roader. It is an exceptionally great choice of family car if your home town does not have good roads. Toyota 4Runner often comes in two variants - SR5 and Limited edition. You should go for “Limited” if you hope to confront more of bumpy roads and off-road terrains during your travel. The Toyota 4Runner Limited is equipped with an auxiliary gear to assist its 2-wheel drive during serious off-road confrontations.
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4. Toyota RAV4
Although a very compact automobile, the RAV4 is a pleasant car for family trips. It is a great choice of family car for, especially smaller families. 2002-2005 models of the Toyota RAV4 are within the reach of an average car buyer. Additionally, the Toyota RAV4 is a very durable car. So, whether bought as Tokunbo or Nigerian-used and all things being equal, it promises to deliver great value for your money.
Although compact, Toyota RAV4 is a great choice for smaller families
Next to the Toyota Camry, the RAV4 delivers great fuel economy for long-distance travel. Safety-wise, the Toyota RAV4 is just decent, nothing spectacular. Its entertainment features are also basic but good enough to keep the whole family entertained during family trips together.
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5. Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry used to be the most popular car on Nigerian roads but these days, the Toyota Corolla is rapidly taking its place. However, that does not take away the durability and excellent features of the Camry for which many liked and approved of it. A great fuel economy, almost next to none, powerful engine and very strong wheels, roomy interior for a sedan are among the top reasons most people will choose a Camry today.
Toyota Camry is a highly fuel efficient car with very strong engine for family trips
Fortunately, the Toyota Camry checks all the boxes for an average Nigerian car buyer but sadly, the earlier models of the Toyota Camry is not too fancied today as before because it is now perceived as an old model and no longer in vogue. However, it does not change the fact that the earlier models of the Camry remain a great choice of family car for someone who is trying to maximize value on a budget.
>>> For your reference: Updated Toyota Camry price in Nigeria (2019)
6. Lexus RX Series
The later Lexus RX series including (RX 330 and 350 and 400h) are great options for comfortable family cars you should buy to hang out at Christmas. The RX series offers seating for up to 6 passengers. Apart from a spacious and comfortable cabin, it offers optimal safety features. Some of its safety features include curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control.
Entertainment is also highly pronounced in the RX inclusive of powerful speakers and option of DVD system
Powerful speakers and option of DVD system are also present in Lexus RX series. The 2005 RX 330 is equipped with an 11 premium speakers and first and second row LCD monitors making it a rich haven of entertainment.
Fuel economy is also impressive in the RX 330 and 350. The RX 400h offers an even more impressive fuel economy owing to its hybrid fuel efficiency technology.
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7. Toyota Corolla
Just like the RAV4, the Toyota Corolla is a very compact car best suited for smaller families or newly married couples.
If you are looking for a mid-range sedan with great fuel economy and powerful wheels to convey you and your family home for the festive season, the Corolla is a great option.
Toyota Corolla is a very compact car best suited for smaller families or newly married couples
The Toyota Corolla is also adorned by comfortable and supportive seats and a number of safety features such as front-impact airbags and seatbelt pretensioners to keep you and your family safe as you journey home for Christmas.
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8. Mercedes Benz ML 350
The Mercedes Benz ML 350 is another A-lister on our list of top 10 family cars to hang out with during Christmas. Powerful engine paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission, this car delivers both power and comfort to its occupants. This is a great choice of SUV for larger families with a lot of storage room and leg room accompanied by cool safety features to keep everyone safe.
Mercedes Benz ML 350 is a great choice of SUV for larger families with a lot of storage room and legroom
Although fuel economy is not so impressive with this automobile but indeed it is a great choice for families that value comfort and agility above fuel economy.
Just as in most German machines, entertainment is guaranteed with the ML 350. When it comes to safety, it promises to get you and your loved ones safely home with its range of safety features which include ABS, blind spot monitor, traction control, child safety lock, front and rear airbags.
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9. Honda Accord Crosstour
If you are a Honda lover, the Honda Accord Crosstour is another appealing ride to make your Christmas trip in. This vehicle is decked with a range of top-notch safety features which include antilock brakes, curtain airbags, front and rear seat airbags, and stability control. The Honda Accord Crosstour is one of the safest sedans to travel in. There are also plenty of head and leg rooms in addition to its very comfortable seats.
If you are a lover of Honda cars, then you should totally drive your family home in a Honda Accord Crosstour.
The Honda Accord Crosstour is equipped with top-notch safety features
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10. Toyota Venza
The Toyota Venza boasts of very luxurious interior in addition to its range of top-notch safety features such as front airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability system, front and rear parking sensors. There are plenty of legroom and interior storage spaces. Its reclining comfortable seats make it a great choice for long family trips.
Toyota Venza is equipped with a JBL front sound system comprising 13 speakers
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On the entertainment angle, Toyota Venza is equipped with a JBL front sound system comprising 13 speakers with option for rear DVD entertainment system to keep the kids comfortable all through the ride. The Toyota Venza also makes for quiet and less bumpy rides which are ideal when traveling with children. You’ve come to the end of this article discussing the top family cars you should buy to hang out at Christmas.
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