The Family Car Blog

A Dad’s quest to find the perfect family car

2009 Family Car Fuel Efficiency

Buying a family car requires a bit of compromise for the eco-conscious family. If we were just buying any car our options for finding a fuel efficient vehicle would be easier.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that we need a car that can accommodate three car seats. This either means we need a wider car that can fit the car seats or a larger car like an SUV or minivan that has a third row of seating.

When we consider fuel efficiency, the choice becomes pretty obvious. Here’s a chart I pulled together with the city and highway miles per gallon for some of the models in consideration and others mentioned to us as we’ve begun our research.

2009 Model Year Fuel Efficiency
Make Model City Highway
Chrysler Town & Country LX 17 24
Ford Explorer 14 20
Honda Odyssey EX-L 17 25
Toyota Highlander Hybrid 27 25
Toyota Sienna 17 23
Volkswagen Passat Wagon Turbo 23 32
Volkswagen Routan SEL 17 25
Volvo XC90 3.2L 14 20

The VW Passat Wagon is quite efficient with 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. We’re going to be doing more city driving thought which may make the Toyota Highlander Hybrid the best choice with 27 mpg in the city and a respectable 25 mpg on the highway.

When we get out for our test drives, we’ll see how we’re swayed. That should happen towards the end of October 2008.

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October 4, 2008 Posted by | Candidates, Other Cars, Research | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The re:search begins

I’m on a mission to find the perfect family car. What is the perfect family car? I don’t know yet. There are a ton of priorities and desires that we have. There is also the fact that our family is about to grow with the arrival of our third daughter.

We’re urban parents. A minivan may not cut it. It’s definitely not cool enough. An SUV seems irresponsible. Station wagon? Maybe.

While we’ve owned several cars in the past, we’ve lived without one for the last two years.

This is big.

I’m by no means an expert, but as the Dad with a conscience I want to make sure we make the right decision. It will be a decision based on the safety of our family, the costs of ownership, the cool factor, and quite significantly, our impact on the environment. Ideally we wouldn’t need to buy a car, but we will in the near future. So this blog documents our story.

There are so many options out there. Pros to prod and cons to consider. Join us on our road trip to find the perfect family car.

September 30, 2008 Posted by | Research | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment