If you’re in the market for an SUV, chances are good that you have a need to haul cargo or people across town and over longer distances. If you’re a parent with young children, it can feel disheartening to give up the “coolness” of an SUV for a minivan.

SUVs used to have a reputation for handling like trunks – rough and clunky. Drivers were willing to endure discomfort for the functionality and off-roading capability SUVs delivered. Today, SUVs are comfortable, capable vehicles cool enough for any family.

If you’re in the market for a top rated SUV that’s more fun to drive than a minivan, here are four models worth considering.

Lexus RX – This upscale midsize SUV delivers a quiet ride, plush interior, and sporty feel along with plenty of advanced safety features and power without compromising gas mileage. A roomy backseat makes the drive comfortable for all.

Chevy Traverse – This third row SUV offers a comfortable ride, responsive handling, and a surprisingly roomy third row that even an adult can sit comfortably in. Its intuitive entertainment system and safety features make this an excellent family vehicle.

Ford Edge – To look at the Edge, you might not think it’s a Ford, but its pleasant ride, capable handling, and sleek exterior make it both fun to drive and to look at. Its easy to use and understand infotainment system, nice safety options (which include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear cameras) add to the already admirable gas mileage. Plus, the fact that it is just small enough to make parallel parking possible make this SUV worth a second look.

Audi Q7 – The Q7 is a three-row luxury SUV at its best. Its optional air suspension delivers an incredibly smooth ride, which Audi has paired with responsive handling, a plush interior, and comfortable seats. The sense of calm inside the cabin, the high tech controls, and the advanced safety features will make you forget everything you thought you knew about SUVs.

The great news about today’s SUVs is that they deliver the cargo and seating capacity of minivans with the coolness factor of a passenger vehicle. With any of these options, you’ll enjoy driving around town in any kind of weather, as well as heading off the beaten path for fun and adventure.

If you’re in the market for a new to you family car and want to explore what might work for your family beyond a minivan, give some of these top rated SUVs a look.

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