For decades, consumers shopping for family vehicles have relied on the trusty minivan. But, thanks to improvements in safety and technology, large SUVs and pickup trucks are starting to break into Americans’ “must try” lists. Take a look at our top four picks for the roomiest, most comfortable, safest family vehicles of 2020.

Best SUV

2020 Dodge Durango

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When you’re looking for a three-row SUV that ticks off all the boxes of important features for your family, the 2020 Dodge Durango is bound to be your first and last stop. It delivers on comfort, with enough room to comfortably seat seven people, as well as the muscle to effortlessly move your precious cargo down the road.

Its standard eight-speed automatic transmission pairs with a 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine. If packing up your family’s gear and heading down to Gulf Shores is on the vacation agenda, you’ll be glad to know that the standard V6 offers a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds. Add the optional trailer tow package for integrated trailer braking capabilities. The new Durango offers options that include HEMI® V8 360-hp and 475-hp engines, which respectively tow 7,400 pounds and a best-in-class 8,700 pounds.

Combined with available safety features that include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and blind-spot warning, the Durango is a complete package of style and performance. And your family will adore the Durango’s Uconnect multimedia system.

Best Pickup (Tie)

2020 Jeep Gladiator

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If your family enjoys a comfortable ride, supported by an impressive safety package and polished with a rugged appearance, the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator delivers. The Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association awarded it with the distinction of Best Family Pickup Truck for a reason.

Whether you plan on staying in town, heading up to the Walls of Jericho, or wheeling down to Santa Rosa Beach, Jeep Gladiator’s standard 3.6-liter V6, which makes 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, will romp through anything. Every one of the four trim levels step up the cool factor, and your kids will love any Gladiator iteration.

Of course, looks aren’t everything, and staying connected goes without saying. That’s why the 2020 Jeep Gladiator provides key technological features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Uconnect 3 features a 5.0-inch touch screen display, too. Jeep helps ensure your family arrives at each destination thanks to advanced driver-assist technologies, including Front Collision Warning-Plus and blind-spot monitoring.

2020 Ram 1500

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The 2020 Ram 1500 is in a class of its own when it comes to full-size trucks in Birmingham. There’s a generous amount of room in the rear passenger seating area, and that includes the option of reclining seats. One aspect that sets the Ram 1500 apart from its competitors is the Ram’s proprietary coil-spring rear suspension; it offers a noticeable improvement in handling and comfort from earlier models.

When it’s time to hit the road, plan on packing everything but the kitchen sink. As if the 1500’s Hemi V8 and eight-speed transmission aren’t enough, its towing capacity sinks in at a generous 11,500 pounds, so there are definitely no cries of boredom from the crew once you reach your destination.

And that’s exactly what Ram wants for you: To reach your destination. Ram 1500’s trailer hitch offers a zoomable back-up camera, and the truck’s blind-spot monitoring system provides full-view imaging for lane changes down the road. Consider your destinations reached.

Best Minivan

2020 Chrysler Pacifica

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The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and its high-end interior finishes are just one of the reasons why the minivan made it into the Best Of category. The roomy cabin comfortably seats seven or eight people with more than ample head and legroom to spare, and it provides four sets of LATCH connectors to accommodate child seats. It also offers convenience with folding second- and third-row seats when flexibility is required for carrying cargo (Thanks, Stow ‘n Go Storage).

The Pacifica’s nine-speed automatic transmission is a natural match for the Chrysler 287-hp, 3.6L V6 engine. Add standard safety features, including rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera, and it’s easy to see why the 2020 Pacifica is the complete package in family minivans.

Plus, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid gets an outstanding 82 MPGe—one of the highest fuel ratings in its class.

Bring Your Family to Jim Burke in Birmingham

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When you’re in the market for a great family vehicle in Birmingham, come to our Jim Burke CDJR dealership. As one of the top Birmingham car dealers, we’re proud to make your satisfaction our top priority. Call us at (205) 588-6285 to speak with a salesperson, get your auto financing in place, or ask about our current lease offers and deals.

Sources & Photos:

cars.com/research/dodge-durango-2019

thenewswheel.com/2020-jeep-gladiator-earns-best-family-pickup-truck-honor-from-gaama

cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/chrysler/pacifica

dodge.com/2020/durango

jeep.com/gladiator.html

chrysler.com/pacifica

ramtrucks.com/ram-1500

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