Now, with jobs, families and holiday trips to the in-laws (all of which contribute to the ever-receding hairline and high blood pressure, no doubt), $550 buys a month or two off your car loan rather than a whole vehicle. But, if you’re thinking that you can still get away with driving one of those cheap gems, just try explaining to your mother-in-law why her grandbaby is riding in something that cost less than your new television. I dare ya.
Thankfully, options are available which should keep everyone happy. There are a host of stylish large and midsize, four-door family cars that offer lots of cargo space, excellent fuel economy and varying levels of standard features. Some are even (gasp) fun to drive.