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Say your family is in need of a new car, but your budget is pretty tight. Fortunately, according to Kelley Blue Book, there are plenty of cars and SUVs worth your attention. And some of the best car and SUV options for your family? Well, Kelley Blue Book reports they won’t cost you more than $25,000. 

How to choose the best car or SUV for your family

An orange Subaru Crosstrek. The 2021 model is one of the best family SUVs under $25,000, according to KBB.
Subaru Crosstrek | Pawel Dwulit/Toronto Star via Getty Images

There’s a lot to consider when choosing the best car or SUV for your family. However, when it comes down to it, Car and Driver reports the best family cars are versatile, spacious, and stock full of tech. Of course, safety features are at the top of the list too.

And if you’re shopping with a strict budget in mind? The good news is that Kelley Blue Book recently highlighted its 10 Best Family Cars Under $25,000. Let’s check them out.

The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is small on the outside, big on the inside

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer ACTIV at sunset
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer ACTIV | Chevrolet

As Car and Driver reported, the best family SUVs are ones that offer plenty of space. The good news is that the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer does. All in all, this year’s model offers 54 cubic feet of space behind the first row. A base model won’t cost you more than $19,000 either.

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is a family car that puts safety first

A silver 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback driving
2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback comes standard with an impressive number of safety features. At just $20,715, this family car comes standard with a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, dynamic radar cruise control, road sign assist, and lane tracing assist. 

With so many standard safety features to its name, the IIHS tapped this year’s model as a Top Safety Pick. For a family car under $25,000, that’s a pretty winning recommendation.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport offers an impressive amount of safety features

A white 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport at sunrise
2021 Nissan Rogue Sport | Nissan

Much like the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is standard with an impressive amount of safety features. Kelley Blue Book Reports that makes this family SUV a standout among its competitors.

This year’s new Nissan Rogue Sport comes with Safety Shield 360, including blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, high beam assist, rear automatic braking, and lane-departure warning.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+

A red 2021 Mazda CX-30 parked
2021 Mazda CX-30 | Mazda

Safety is key when it comes to choosing the best family car for under $25,000. Fortunately, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Of course, that’s not the only reason to consider this family SUV.

Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Mazda CX-30 a five out of five predicted reliability rating. It also gave this year’s model a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a family car with all-wheel drive

2021 Subaru Crosstrek driving through the forest
2021 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

If you need a vehicle with all-wheel drive and aren’t looking to break the bank, Kelley Blue Book recommends the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. It’s not only one of the best family cars under $25,000, but it also comes standard with all-wheel drive.

The 2021 Honda HR-V offers no shortage of cargo space

A Silver 2021 Honda HR-V parked on a tree lined street
2021 Honda HR-V EX-L | Honda

With a base price of $21,220, Kelley Blue Book reports the 2021 Honda HR-V is one of the best family SUVs under $25,000. This year’s model also offers plenty of cargo space. Not to mention Honda’s infamous Magic Seat.

For families, the 2021 Honda HR-V makes for the perfect fit.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona is standard with an excellent warranty

A blue 2021 Hyundai Kona driving
2021 Hyundai Kona | Hyundai

Hyundai is known for its warranty. All models come standard with a 10-year/ 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, and a 7-year/unlimited miles anti-perforation warranty. Not to mention three years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first) of complimentary maintenance.

Consider that the 2021 Hyundai Kona also comes stock full of safety features and boasts a base price of $20,500, and it’s no wonder Kelley Blue Book included it in its list of the 10 Best Family Cars Under $25,000.

The 2021 Kia Soul is a budget-friendly family car with plenty of style

A red 2021 Kia Soul driving
2021 Kia Soul | Kia

Say you want a vehicle that’s on the funkier side of things. If that’s the case, Kelley Blue Book suggests checking out the 2021 Kia Soul. This year’s model starts at $17,590. For an even more family-friendly Soul, however, you’re going to want to upgrade to the Kia Soul S, which benefits from additional safety features like forward-collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring.

The 2021 Kia Seltos is Kelley Blue Book’s Subcompact SUV Best Buy of 2021

A yellow 2021 Kia Seltos parked
2021 Kia Seltos | Kia

The 2021 Kia Seltos has a lot going for it. Not only did Kelley Blue Book tap it as one of the best family SUVs under $25,000, but it also recognized it as the Subcompact SUV Best Buy of 2021. Though, that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.

This year’s model starts at $21,990. It’s standard with a slew of safety features and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. It’s also available with all-wheel drive. And when it comes to space? This year’s model offers plenty of it. 

The 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback is the best family car under $25,000

A silver 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring parked on asphalt
2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring | Honda

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback wasn’t the only hatchback to make Kelley Blue Book’s list. In fact, when it came down to choosing the best family car under $25,000, the company chose the 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback.

Kelley Blue Book reports that this year’s model provides 26 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and more than 46 cubic feet of cargo space with the second-row seats down. It also comes standard with Honda Sensing and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.


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