Here Are 14 Family Cars That Are Genuinely Fun to Drive

Hauling around your family doesn't have to be boring.


Having a family might mean getting rid of your two-seater, but it doesn't mean you have to give up on fun. We asked you yesterday what family cars are fun to drive, and here are the cars you mentioned the most.

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Subaru WRX STI

The appeal of the WRX STI has always been that it's an uncompromisingly hardcore sedan that doesn't require any compromises from you. It'll safely cart around your family of four or tear up a gravel rally stage.

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Land Rover
Range Rover Sport SVR

Want a full-size SUV with the 550-hp V8 used in the Jaguar F-Type R? The Range Rover Sport SVR is your truck then. And if you need seven seats, there's the standard Range Rover Sport Supercharged, which is about $30,000 cheaper and 40 horsepower shy of the SVR. Either way, you won't lose.

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Ford Focus RS

With the Subaru WRX STI hatch dead, the Focus RS has taken up the mantle as the ultimate five-door hatch. It's the only car that can carry a small family and also comes with a dedicated "drift mode."

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Mazda CX-5

Typically we wouldn't recommend a compact crossover, but the Mazda CX-5 is a surprisingly fun car. With Mazda, there's a little bit of Miata in everything it sells. You can even have it with a six-speed if you opt for the Sport trim and front-wheel drive.

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Porsche Macan GTS

The Porsche Macan may share a platform with the Audi Q5, but it's much more of a driver's car than the Audi. As with most Porsches, the GTS is the trim to get.

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Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI

Sadly, we don't get the wagon version of the Golf R here in the U.S., but the standard Sportwagen TSI is a nice consolation. It's got a torquey turbocharged inline-four, an excellent chassis, and a five-speed manual in base trim.

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Tesla Motors
Tesla Model S P100D

Thanks to a big hatch and an optional rear-facing third-row seat, the Tesla Model S is very practical for a sedan. Equipped with the expensive—and hilarious—"Ludicrous Mode" option, it's also the quickest sedan in the world.

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Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon

The Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon is the most powerful station wagon you can get in the U.S., so that easily earns it a spot on this list. Its 603-hp V8 and all-wheel-drive rocket this estate from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and it has more trunk than you'll ever need.

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Ford Flex EcoBoost

The Ford Flex isn't likely on most enthusiasts' radars, but here's a little secret: You can have it with all-wheel drive and a 365-hp twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. With its retro wagon looks, no one will expect this thing to be as fast as it is.

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Volvo V60 Polestar

Yes, Volvo sells a more practical car in the XC90 SUV, but that car doesn't come with a 367-hp, twin-charged inline-four, Ohlins dampers, Brembo brakes, and the greatest blue paint job ever. The V60 Polestar is the ultimate family car for the individualist.

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<p>For some wonderful reason, Cadillac decided to build a wagon version of its second-generation CTS. And then it decided to sell a V version of that wagon. <a href="" target="_blank">The CTS-V Sport Wagon</a> never made it past that one generation, but for a few years, we were blessed with a 556-hp American station wagon.</p>
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

What practical sports car list would be complete without the CTS-V wagon? It's a 556-horsepower V8 rear-wheel drive monster available with a six-speed manual transmission. What more could you need from a car?

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Barry Hathaway
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

You can no longer buy a brand new Lancer Evolution, which is a shame. But pretty much any generation of the Evo makes for a great family hauler. With five seats, a big trunk, and a fantastically turbocharged engine, it checks a whole lot of boxes.

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2013 Ford Taurus SHO with Performance Package
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Ford Taurus SHO

The SHO may just look like a plain, boring Ford sedan on the outside, but under the hood lies a 365-horsepower 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 sending power to all four wheels.

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Alex Kierstein
Dodge Charger Hellcat

The Charger Hellcat is a four-door Dodge sedan that just happens to have 707 horsepower. It's just as practical as a normal Charger—just a lot faster. If you need to get your kids to soccer practice as quickly as possible, it's hard to go wrong with a Hellcat.

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