Got a young, growing family that suddenly doesn''t seem to fit so well into your car anymore? Having a family creates different vehicle needs than you''re probably used to. Suddenly everybody''s needs and possessions need accommodation in one vehicle.

Even if you''re planning on an addition to the family, you may want to consider getting a family friendly car ahead of time. Now with a growing family comes growing expenses, so for those looking to buy a car on a budget, but still looking for something family friendly, check out this list.

1. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen


Station wagons often give you the most practical solution for buying a family car on a budget. The Volkswagen Jetta comes as a station wagon and offers one of the best options in its class. Designed from the back side of the car first, you''ll find a huge cargo bay in this roomy vehicle.

Perfect for all your hauling needs. Jetta sedans have been redesigned in the past couple of years, but don''t worry; the station wagon version of the car remains based off of the older Jetta version, so you know it''s easy to drive.

2. Subaru Impreza WRX

If you love driving, but still need a family friendly car, then check out the Subaru Impreza WRX. This car comes with incredible acceleration and fantastic handling. Yet, it still offers a roomy interior with practical features, a decent price and relatively comfortable ride. It runs all-wheel drive, which will help in poor weather situations. Car lovers will definitely want to check this one out.

3. Scion XB

The box shape of this car actually provides excellent room for you and your family. It gives the cargo bay the same amount of room you''d find in a small SUV. You can find the fully equipped version of this car, new for under $17,000 still.

You''ll find that the fuel economy falls somewhere between that of a compact car and an SUV. Sounds pretty great so far, but keep in mind that Scion comes from Toyota, so you can''t expect the car to run forever.

4. Honda Civic

If you''re looking to finance a safe used vehicle, the Honda Civic comes to mind. Named one of the top ten most reliable used family vehicles to buy, the Civic offers a couple of reasons why it''s such a great car. First off, it''s surprisingly spacious.

A nicely designed back seat and flat floor allow for prime comfort for those sitting in the back. Secondly, Civics reputation as reliable cars precedes them. If you avoid accidents, you could use this same vehicle you purchased to carry your baby around as her first car when she can drive.

5. Kia Optima


Offering the feeling space-wise of a mid-size car while keeping the budget around the level of a sedan, the Kia Optima becomes many families'' first choice for a vehicle. The new optima has a fantastic engine and the same surprising amount of room. The Optima just looks nice; most people won''t know how little you paid for it when they see it in your driveway. It offers the same features at the same price as a Honda Civic, so if you can''t find a Civic near you, you''ve got a great alternative in the Optima.

Now you''ve got some great options for you and your family''s vehicle needs!

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