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Best Used Cars for Families

Posted at Tue, Mar 19, 2024 10:15 AM

Our team at Planet Ford Dallas can help you find the best and safest used cars for your family. Whether you want a car for road trips, backcountry adventures, or for taking the kids and their gear to sports events, we have the perfect family vehicle for your unique needs.

What To Look For When Shopping for a Used Car for the Family?

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Room, safety features, and modern technology are the top things to look for in a family car. SUVs make ideal vehicles for families as they come with either two or three rows of seats and flexible seating configurations for plenty of cargo space. 

Many SUVs also have a high towing capacity for hauling a boat to the lake or a trailer for extra cargo. Look for used cars that come with a vehicle history report and a modest mileage. SUVs usually have features such as a rear seat entertainment system, plenty of USB ports so everyone can keep their mobile devices charged, and advanced safety and driver-assist features.

The Top 5 Used Vehicles for Families

The best used vehicles for families are predominantly SUVs, and at Planet Ford Dallas, we have a wide selection of top Ford SUVs and a few other models in stock. Here are our recommendations for the top five used SUVs everyone in your family will appreciate. All Ford SUVs come with Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist technologies.

Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is the largest SUV in the Ford family and it's packed with great features.

Seating and Cargo Capacity

The Ford Expedition has seating for up to eight people or seven if you swap out the second-row bench seat for two captain's chairs. With both rear seats folded flat, you can get up to 104.6 cubic feet of cargo space.

Power and Performance

Ford gives lower trims of the Expedition a standard 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine with an output of 380 horsepower. Upper trims get the same V-6 engine but the horsepower climbs to 440. When properly equipped, the Ford Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds.

Infotainment and Technology

The Expedition's SYNC 4 infotainment system comes with a 12-inch touch screen or a 15.5-inch version for the two upper trims. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are standard across the lineup, as is a Wi-Fi hotspot. Those riding in the back will appreciate the dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system.

Ford Bronco

Families looking for an SUV to take them on rugged backcountry adventures should consider the four-door Ford Bronco.

Seating and Cargo Capacity

With two rows of seats, up to four people can fit comfortably inside the four-door hardtop Bronco. If you keep both seats upright, you can get 35.6 cubic feet of storage space.

Power and Performance

This off-road-ready SUV comes standard with four-wheel drive for traction when driving over challenging terrain. Depending on the trim, the Bronco has a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine, or a turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 engine. The Raptor trim comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers 418 horsepower.

Infotainment and Technology

The Bronco has the SYNC 4 infotainment system with an 8-inch or available 12-inch touch screen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, along with a navigation system and USB charging ports.

Ford Explorer

Built with families in mind, the Ford Explorer is a midsize SUV that's perfect for carrying supplies.

Seating and Cargo Capacity

This SUV has three rows of seats that can fit up to seven people, and with versatile seating configurations, the Ford Explorer has between 18.2 and 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Power and Performance

Ford gives the Explorer two engine options. The lower trims have a turbocharged 2.3-liter 300-horsepower engine, while the upper Explorer trims have a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 400 horsepower.

Infotainment and Technology

The Explorer has the SYNC 3 infotainment system and an 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Kids and passengers in the back seats will enjoy using the rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones.

Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is a compact two-row SUV that's ideal for small families.

Seating and Cargo Capacity

Up to five people can fit on the two rows of seats inside the Ford Edge. Cargo space ranges from 39.2 cubic feet to 73.4 cubic feet, and you'll find lots of cubby holes and storage space under the cargo floor.

Power and Performance

All-wheel drive comes standard across the lineup for extra traction and control when driving on slippery roads or challenging terrain. All but the Edge's ST trim get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 250 horsepower. The ST trim's 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 engine produces 335 horsepower.

Infotainment and Technology

The Edge has the SYNC 4A infotainment system with voice recognition and a 12-inch touch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility are standard with a wireless charging pad.

GMC Yukon 

GMC's answer to a full-size SUV ideal for families is the Yukon.

Seating and Cargo Capacity

This SUV comes with three rows of seats that can fit up to eight people comfortably. With versatile and flexible seating configurations, the Yukon has a minimum of 25.5 cubic feet of storage space and a maximum of 122.9 cubic feet.

Power and Performance

GMC offers several engine options depending on your needs, ranging from a 5.3-liter 335-horsepower V-8 engine to a 6.2-liter 420-horsepower V-8 engine. When properly equipped, the GMC Yukon can tow up to 8,400 pounds.

Infotainment and Technology

GMC's infotainment system has Google built-in software, a 10.2-inch touch screen, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Passengers will enjoy the rear-seat entertainment system. Key safety features include Teen Driver, OnStar and GMC connected services, and a 15-inch head-up display.

Visit Planet Ford Dallas for the Best Used Fords for Families

For most families, the best pre-owned Ford is an Expedition, Explorer, or Bronco. These mighty SUVs have plenty of room to carry everyone, and lots of cargo space for supplies and gear. Our team at Planet Ford Dallas, Texas, invites you to explore our used car specials,  stop by our dealership to see our extensive used car inventory, and take your favorite ones for a test drive. Once you decide on the perfect used Ford vehicle for your lifestyle and driving needs, our finance team will find a used car auto loan to fit your needs.

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