14 Family Cars That Are Surprisingly Fun To Drive
Road and Track Asked Their Readers About The Best Drivers Family Cars
Published November 20, 2017
You do not have to forget about excitement when you finally decide on your family life. Get a family, but then, get a proper machine to spice up your days which may be a bit dull from time to time. Nowadays, family cars that can spice up your days are available in great numbers. Road and Track readers provided their insight into this first-world “problem”. These are the results:
Although the Subaru WRX STI is about to become a hybrid (in three or four years’ time), its three-box body, four doors, symmetrical all-wheel-drive setup and a seriously powerful 300+hp 2.5-liter motor will most certainly make your days. It is a car handling a whole lot of rally pedigree sharpened up at the most challenging rally tracks in the world. It is fun. A lot of fun.
With an MSRP of $36,955, 0-60 mph time in just a tad over 5 seconds and exceptional driving characteristics, the Subaru WRX STI is a no-brainer if you want to have a fun family car.
If you did well in your life buying a large, expensive SUV for your family business is the only smart thing you can think of. Not only will it represent you as an oligarch, but you actually may have exceptionally fun driving characteristics usually reserved for smaller cars. The Range Rover has been doing wonders with their Sport line of cars. The Range Rover Sport SVR, on the other hand, maybe an $80,000+ SUV, but it is also a 550hp monster. Plenty of space inside it. But if you find space lackluster, go for the Range Rover Supercharged with seven seats.
Ok, it may look like a teen dream, but the thing is that the Focus RS provides all the famed Focus convenience and daily use comfort, but a lot of hot chilly peppers as well. 2.3-liter EcoBoost with a lot of power, four-wheel drive, and a freaking Drift Mode will make you forget your name and that you are married altogether. It is possibly the best hot-hatch of today. Of course, only if you can live with such ostentatious looks. Go black if you must. It’ll be subtler. But still plenty of fun. MSRP: $41,995, 0-60 mph 4.6 seconds.
Yes, it is a small compact crossover with a lackluster engine, but everyone who ever drove the Mazda CX-5 has only one word for it – fun. With the FWD and Sport trim, one can have it with a freaking six-speed manual.
With prices starting at $25,000 (a bit less actually), the CX-5 with a 187hp engine can reach 60 in 8.1 seconds. Now, the fun factor did not crumple its convenience and practicality. It is just a fine crossover package.
Speed? Check! Power? Check! Looks? Check! Street cred? Check! Performance? Three times check! Quality? Four times check! Price? A lot!
This is a case of a small family crossover being a whole lot of sporty without even trying. With 360hp, four-wheel drive and 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds, it is possibly the best crossover money can buy at this point in time. A lot of versions are available, but the GTS trim is the one to get. In this world of Porsche entry crossover, one may choose between a number of advanced tech. Enter the world of adjustable dampers, active roll bars, torque vectoring and locking differential system. Everything can be in it at a price.
It is not exactly an obvious choice, but the VW Golf SportWagen TSI is a surprisingly fun car. One can have it with a manual linked to that raspy 1.8-liter TSI with 170hp. This will get the practical wagon to 60 mph in about 8 seconds. Furthermore, Volkswagen did plant a bunch of fine sporty options inside. The most notable is the fact you get supportive seats. Possibly, the most important piece of the puzzle. Its price starts at fairly reasonable $22,400.
As one of the most astounding and definitely the quickest cars the world has ever seen the Tesla Model S may be the best fun family car to own. And it is all the hype right now, so you will get noticed a lot with it.
Powering all four wheels, its e motors are capable of accelerating the car to 60 in about 2.5 seconds. Ludicrous.
However, this kind of performance comes with a price. A lot of it.
Apart from its incredible performance, the car is actually an epitome of practicality. A lot of space inside, a lot of boot capacity – front and back and possibly the most intuitive infotainment system out there.
As far as German family cars go, the E63 Wagon is in the upper echelon. With a fantastic four-liter V8 managing a bit more than 600hp, the E63 Wagon with its AWD system can tackle 60mph in less than 3.5 seconds (you’ve read that right). Performance aside, the well-built AMG E63 Wagon will last a century. And, as I suspect not many will actually sell, in ten or 20 years it probably won’t depreciate sharply. MSRP?
Yes, I know!
Well, this is a surprise. One of the quirkiest, yet most interesting cars on the market actually reached our list of fun family cars. All thanks to the advanced 3.5-liter 365hp EcoBoost which sends power to all four wheels. Seeing a car like this on the roads won’t actually make you think about speed and performance, but it will make you think of fun. This one delivers with a retro-looking outside and 0-60mph time in 6.5 seconds. Plus, it offers tons of space inside. Your kids will feel special.
We mentioned this one on our list of best sleepers. True, that one should be in black. However, if fun is what you are after, go crazy with the Polestar Blue for the 367hp powerful machine with Ohlins dampers, adjustable of course. Also, Brembo brakes, a whole lot of fun modes and a character no one will ever match.
Price for a Wagon capable of doing 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds?
Less than 40 grand.
I mentioned this one in an article about future classics. But before it reaches that status in ten or 50 years, the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon has to live its real life. And why not as a part of your family. It is Cadillac luxurious, well-built and insanely fast. 556hp V8 RWD monster hasn’t been in production for long. Not many were sold either. So having it is like owning a unicorn really. But it will deliver on all of your family needs and then on all of your black thoughts. And that is what counts.
Price: 50 grand range probably.
This list definitely would not be complete without the ultimate Mitsubishi car. The Lancer Evolution may be among the dead right now, but awesome examples still lurk around. Buy it fast, because this car isn’t only praised for its speed, but for unusual practicality.
And with its fantastic four wheel drive, you’ll be safe.
Five seats and big trunk? All in there!
Ford Taurus SHO
No brainer with this one. It is a massive 200+inch-in-length car. Yet, with the EcoBoost, its interior roominess will not go unnoticed among the chaps looking for an exciting but highly usable machine.
Sending 365hp to all four wheels definitely made it a performer in this segment of full-sized sedans. Apart from being a fantastic sleeper, the Ford Taurus SHO definitely fits the bill for a fun family car. (and it does not look half bad either)
707 hp! *uck everything else on this list.
Categories: List Articles