Kenyans love to travel as families to go and have fun and bond. During the festive season, many families travel upcountry to see their folks. Given the rough roads and extreme climates, a good, resilient family car that can withstand such conditions comes in handy.
When people return from upcountry they come with cargo such as vegetables and exotic foods. As a result, the travelers need a car that can have enough capacity to handle the cargo.
Here are the best family cars that have just the features that will meet those and other needs.
1. Honda CR-V
The letters CRV stand for Comfortable Runabout Vehicle which is an accurate description of the car. The Honda is a compact 5-seater Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). It combines fuel economy and utility in a well-rounded package. Versions from 2007-2011 are only available with a 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission.
The car is a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive system which automatically sends power to the rear wheels when loss of traction is detected.
Kenyans love the car because of its fuel efficiency of 21/27 MPG (11.2/8.7L/100km) city/highway, or up to 615 km (382 miles) to a tank.
The car has enough space for packing cargo. The back seats can be folded over to create more space to accommodate additional cargo.
2. Toyota Voxy
The Multipurpose van is very preferable for many families in Kenya due to ample space. The car is a 7-seater with enough space for cargo capacity.
Toyota has incorporated the Continuously Variable transmission (CVT) technology which is designed to give the car more power, smooth steering while consuming the least fuel. With this technology, you can’t hear the change in gear selection and it is capable of accelerating from 0-100 mph in 9.6 seconds.
The car has a steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control, Electric Power Steering, Anti-lock Brake and Traction Control systems. The Voxy has a Hill Start Assist Control respectively and is also a 4 wheel drive.
It also has seats with one-touch folding third row seats and second row long-slide multi-use rotating seats with a child seat mode.
3. Toyota Noah
Toyota Noah is strikingly similar to Toyota Voxy such that they both have similar technical capacities. The only difference is that the Voxy has a sportier look.
4. Nissan XTrail
The XTrail comes in form of a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel good for 128bhp and 320Nm. The engine is linked to a 6 speed manual transmission or automatic transmission.
It is fuel efficient since it can consume 8.2L for 100km. It has a powerful motor and high ground clearance which make it very capable off the road. Moreover, the second generation XTrail also incorporates better off road aids such as downhill speed assist.
Families in Kenya love the car because of its beautiful leather seats, electrically adjustable heated front seats, full Bluetooth hookup, keyless entry and a reverse-view camera. It is a five-seater with a descent cargo capacity which has alterable characteristics.
5. Subaru Outback
Subaru’s outstanding station wagon Subaru Outback stands out for its remarkable ground clearance which is similar to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Therefore when you travel up country to visit your folks the car will be of great service to you. Its fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg combined (with the four-cylinder) and 22 mpg combined (six-cylinder).
The Outback has a passenger capacity of 5 seats with a 35.5 cubic feet of space behind upright rear seats. A sturdy rubber mat helps keep the cargo from sliding. Its maximum cargo capacity is 73.3 cubes. Its boxy shape and low liftover point make for easy loading of large items.