Last weekend we went into NYC to take in one of my favorite annual activities, The New York Auto Show. This yearly staple at the Jacob Javits Center always yields a big crowd, and lots of amazing vehicles to see. This year I was on a mission: to find family cars for frugal buyers, that would end up being great quality vehicles without breaking the bank. Here are the top family cars at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
First, we visited the Scion section of the auto show. I have to admit, I’d never given scions much thought. I’d seen their commercials and a handful of the cars on the road, but it never entered my mind to actually research this oddly shaped car. After talking with one of the representatives, I learned that Scions are under the Toyota umbrella. All Scions are manufactured in the same plant as Toyota vehicles. That made my ears perk up. The Scion xB has ample room and even a compartment in the trunk where you can place small trinkets or important car parts. For some reason, my husband was really impressed with this amenity. My favorite part of the car? The price. The xB is around 17,000. The reason the price is so low is that you add to the car what you feel is important. The rep stated quite wisely ” we don’t want to make you pay for amentities in a car that you won’t use, so you get to pick your own.” Genius!
Next, we stopped to see our buddy, the GMC Acadia. We reviewed the Acadia Denali back in October, and I was pleased to see that the regular Acadia is just as family friendly. The Acadia offers a third row, and has the same options as the Denali. This seemed like one of the more popular cars at the New York Auto Show, so it was interesting to be able to share with others the experience we had with the vehicle while they perused it. For a full review of that car, check out my post from last year.
The Chevy Traverse was a great family sized car. It was well made and roomy. Since our review of the GMC Acadia Denali, I have been paying close attention to GMC, Chevy and Buick vehicles and have been very impressed. They are American made and offer a great quality in a car, while not breaking the bank when it comes to price. The Traverse we saw was around 40,000 but they have a “no option” version for 31,000. After reading what’s included in the no option version, I say you are still getting a great deal with this car.
As we walked the rest of the grounds, we ended up in the Kia section of the auto show. We are still big fans of the Kia Optima Hybrid, and were stoked to see a Superman and Batman version of the vehicle there! Kia mixed with DC comic super heroes can only create good things. But, our mission was to check out the Kia Sorrento, Sportage and Soul. The Sorrento ended up being my favorite of the 3, with lots of room, included “bells and whistles” and a great safety review. When it comes to getting the most for your dollar, I’d have to say Kia Soul is the winner. It’s a car that would do well with a family of 4, has great cargo space and with it priced at 17,000, it won’t break your budget.
Lastly, I decided to search for cars that would accommodate families of 6 and up that may be on a tight budget. The Nissan NV is a 12 passenger vehicle that was comfortable, spacious, and according to the representative, it drives just like a van. At 39,000 this would be a good investment car for a family needing a vehicle that can fit a large family of growing kids, but will last a long time.
Those are my top family cars at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Did you attend? What were your favorite vehicles?