Road trips with family can be the best way to make memories. However, without proper planning, they can easily turn into a disaster. There are so many details to work out ahead of time to make things go as smoothly as possible. And, if you have young kids, it’s even more tricky. Anyone with kids knows that even with the best laid plans, unpredictable things can pop up and derail your trip. So, for the best results, our team at Value Van and Car Rental suggests that you plan ahead, be flexible, and rent a great family-friendly car.
1. The MinivanYou probably saw this one coming: our top pick for a family-friendly rental car is the minivan. When it comes to comfort, convenience, and fuel economy, you just cannot beat the minivan. These babies were built with families in mind, even down to details like a cupholder for every passenger. Plus, a few extras like GPS navigation and in-vehicle TV/DVD player that can make the trip even easier.
2. The Large SUVEven with all the perks of a minivan, some people still are hesitant to drive one. And that’s okay! A full-size SUV will still provide you with plenty of seating and ample storage space for your luggage. However, with an SUV, you also get to enjoy features like luxurious leather seating and a fun, sporty exterior. A couple of downsides to the SUV (compared to the minivan) is that it doesn’t get as great as fuel economy, and it can be difficult to get smaller kids or infants in and out of the vehicle.
3. The Passenger Van
If your family is large or you’re traveling with extended family, a passenger van rental might be right for you. These beauties come in many sizes, accommodating anywhere from 12 to 15 passengers. These spacious vehicles are equipped with plush seats, CD players, and dual air conditioners, so the whole family can enjoy a fun and comfortable ride.