Busy families from Pittsfield to Beardstown know the difference having the right vehicle can make. While extra seatbelts and safety features are necessary, they're not the only important attributes to consider. A good family vehicle not only provides transportation but also makes life a little easier in the process. While minivans were long considered the de facto mom-mobile, if that's not your style, Ford offers several alternatives with excellent practicality, versatility, and family-friendly features, depending on your needs and preferences.

To help you in your search for your ideal family mover, here's a quick overview of three Ford SUVs that are popular with families.

  • Ford Edge: As a midsize five-seat crossover, the Ford Edge is ideal for smaller families seeking spacious passenger and cargo accommodations without the added size of a three-row SUV. The Ford Edge comes standard with Co-Pilot360™ advanced safety technologies and the latest SYNC 4 infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Edge offers nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats, easily accessible via the available hand-free liftgate. It's also enjoyable to drive, with engaging handling and a potent 250-horsepower standard engine.

  • Ford Explorer: If you need extra seatbelts for your larger Mount Sterling IL family, consider the nameplate that helped usher in the modern era of comfort-focused family SUVs, the Ford Explorer. This midsize three-row crossover offers seating for seven, or six with available captain's chairs, with an E-Z Entry second-row that makes accessing the third-row a breeze. The available cargo management system helps you stay organized when on the go, and when you need more space, the back seats fold flat with the pull of a lever. Explorer also offers up to nine different power points, so passengers don't have to take turns charging their devices.

  • Ford Expedition: Available in standard and extra-long Max configurations, the Ford Expedition is ideal for Jacksonville families looking to maximize passenger space, cargo capacity, and towing capability. This full-size SUV seats up to eight riders (or seven with available captain's chairs) and offers 104.6 cubic feet of max cargo capacity (121.4 for MAX models). Expedition also boasts tons of small-item storage options, 15 cupholders, myriad charge ports, and an available rear-seat entertainment system, which will come in handy on longer road trips. And for those big adventures, Expedition leverages its immense twin-turbo V6 and truck-like body-on-frame design to deliver best-in-class towing: up to 9,300 pounds when properly equipped or 9,000 pounds for Expedition Max.

Test-drive a new Ford SUV in Jacksonville, IL

For more information about the latest Ford SUVs and their available trim levels, options, and special financing and lease offers, reach out to Bob Ridings Westown Ford at your convenience. And if you'd like to explore the amenities and accommodations for yourself, we invite you to visit us in Jacksonville, IL, for a test drive. We'd love to give you a tour.

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