Defining what is one of the best SUV’s for a family is difficult; it is purely subjective – what could be the ideal winner for one family may be completely useless to another.
Every family has different needs when it comes to vehicles – do you need something that can seat half a soccer team? Or something that could tow the planet around?
For this reason, we have brought you a mixture of vehicles that have different attributes – some will suit the larger families, others will feel better to drive … it really is a question of deciding what you need from an SUV and then trying a number of different models.
In no particular order:
This mid-size crossover has recently had a complete remodel, and Lincoln have concentrated on making the ride as good as it can be. It has no sporty pretensions, just solid engineering. It’s available with a 303 BHP 3.7 liter V6 or with a 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 with twin turbos and 335 BHP. Front wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is optional. Seats 5.
While still a large crossover, it is slightly smaller than the competition, so it rides better than some of the boat sized SUV’s. It has space for 7 occupants and still has 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Comes standard with a 295 BHP 3.6 liter V6 but can also be specced up with a 5.7 liter Hemi V8 with 360 BHP and 390 lb/ft of torque.
This full size SUV does everything well, and can seat up to 8 people and still have 83.7 cubic feet of luggage space. Despite its size, it retains an excellent ride quality, feeling more like a car than a full SUV. The only slight let down is that the base model just has a 185 BHP 2.7 liter engine, making it feel a bit underpowered. However, there is a 270 BHP 3.5 liter V6 available.
The Chevy Suburban has been top of the pile for some years (when it comes to the more affordable range of SUV’s), it’s known for its towing capacity – 8,100 lbs – the ideal tool for lugging something (anything!) behind you. A 5.3 liter V8 with 355 BHP is standard.
Built on a compact platform, with seating for 5 people in comfort. Has a good cargo capacity (given the size of the SUV) with 63.7 cubic feet. Again, the base engine is a let down – 182 BHP from a 2.4 liter unit, but you can order a 3.6 liter V6 with 301 BHP if that’s a problem.