Ford Flex

The Ford Flex is an often overlooked gem in this segment. The boxy shape offers a unique style, but it also makes for a massive cargo area. And while the Flex has been around for a few years now, it’s gotten updates inside and out to help keep it fresh.


Plus you can option up the 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower. The Flex already has a more car-like ride than much of the competition, and the big turbo engine makes it a great vehicle to drive. To keep the passengers happy, a second-row fridge is available.

Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse offers enough space in the rear that you can have a six-foot-plus driver, passenger and third-row passenger all in a line. That means real adults can fit in all three rows.


Plus the Traverse offers seven USB ports. Everybody can have a charge. There’s also a 4G LTE hotspot so everybody can use data. It also has a smooth-revving V6 that makes enough power to move the Traverse briskly. Even with a full load of people.

Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot offers an upscale interior, a smooth V6 engine and one of the quietest interiors in the class. For all the stuff the family brings along, the Pilot is full of cargo nooks, crannies and cubbies.

It also has a handy power sliding middle row that makes access to the third row easy. There is also an excellent rear-seat entertainment system available on EX-L and Touring trims to keep rear-seat passengers busy. Honda’s Lane Watch system is also available, which uses a camera to let you see your blind spot instead of just lighting up to tell you there is someone there.

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