Mazda CX-5 and CX-9
The Mazda CX-5 is the best-selling vehicle in the mid-size SUV class, and for good reason. It’s extremely thoughtful and well-equipped in terms of safety and practicality. It’s also the most affordable vehicle on this list with an entry price of $28,690. A healthy range of variants stretches up to a premium $49,190 flagship. If you need a third row of seats, the larger CX-9 is also brilliant, priced from $43,890 to $64,790.
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Should you have a larger than average family, this Korean people mover is one of the most competent when it comes to hauling up to eight people in comfort. Priced between $42,490 and $62,790, the has a jam-packed equipment list, and a lower loading height than any SUV, which makes boot access much easier to manage.
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If you’ve got the means for an upmarket European ride, the Audi Q7 is the pick for family-hauling duties. It’s more refined than a BMW X5 and more up-to-date than the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. The Q7 starts from $96,855, up to a top-of-the-line SQ7 at $153,327. The latter is a more performance-focused offering, catering to the family that likes to handle the school run with equal amounts style and speed.