3 Family Friendly Green Cars

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2013 Honda Odyssey

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Do you drive an SUV? A Gas-guzzling sedan? If so, it might be time to switch things up a bit. Why? Because insurance companies are offering drivers discounts for “going green,” and some auto dealers will give you a fantastic deal on fuel-efficient cars. Not only that, fuel efficient vehicles can make a huge difference in your family’s budget. Here are three family-friendly fuel efficient options that might surprise you:


Kia Sorento

Kia is probably not the first name to come to mind when you think “reliable,” “fuel efficient,” and “family vehicle,” but the new Sorento is a welcomed surprise for many families. It’s a compact crossover vehicle that mates a fuel efficient engine to an incredibly resilient body – providing enough space for a large family to roll around in. Yes, 6 people can fit comfortably, and there’s room for one more if you need it.

Its 2.4 liter engine makes a respectable 191 horsepower. The six-speed automatic transmission helps give the vehicle a highway fuel economy rating of 30 mpg. Starting at $24,000, it’s not going to break the family piggybank either.


Honda Odyssey

Honda has always managed to set the bar high in designing budget-friendly vehicles that also come equipped with the latest technology. The Odyssey fulfills its promise for families by providing seating for 8, a 248 horsepower, 3.5 liter V6 engine that takes advantage of variable cylinder management to achieve an impressive 28 mpg on the highway.

Of course, the vehicle comes with a lot of goodies like a USB audio interface so you can hook up all your gadgets and play music or movies for the kids, Bluetooth hands-free link so you can talk and drive without being distracted, and wide-mode adjustable 2nd row seats just in case you need extra room in the back.

That’s an amazing feat for a 6-cylinder engine – power and fuel economy. Starting price for a new Odyssey is just under $30,000.



If you’re looking for a luxury family vehicle to drive after you complete your theory test online, look up the BMW X5. it’s not the cheapest vehicle out there, but it’s hard to match value with a BMW. Seating for 7, BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive, and awesome fit and finish allow you and your family to roll around in a classy SUV without being taken to the cleaners at the gas pump.

Its engine is a 3.0 liter inline 6 diesel fitted with sequential twin turbos, allowing the BMW to seemingly defy logic with 265 horsepower, 425 lb-ft of torque, and 26 mpg on the highway. The secret to the excellent gas mileage? It’s in the turbo system that reroutes spent exhaust gases back into a turbine that compresses, cools, and then refuels the engine.

The cost? Be prepared to pay up – $47,000 to start, and that’s without customizations. Still, if you’re looking for a vehicle that will last, BMW is known for its build quality, fit and finish, and longevity as well as its resale value.

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