When you are buying a car for your family, safety is paramount. You want a car that’s safe, reliable, spacious, and affordable. U.S. News and World Report assesses the options on the market for families, and publishes a yearly list of the best cars for families for each vehicle class.
U.S. News and World Report rates cars based on five criteria.
- Critics’ rating
It averages the above criteria to calculate the vehicles’ overall rating. Below are the U.S. News and World Report’s top picks in seven categories.
Best Compact Car for Families
The best compact car for families is the Mazda 3. It received an overall rating of an 8.8 and three of its notable pros are below.
- Nimble handling
- Excellent fuel economy
- Long list of available tech features
It is also an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ with optional front crash prevention.
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Best Midsize Car for Families
The best midsize car was also a Mazda: the Mazda 6. Its overall rating was 8.5, and three of the notable pros were:
- Dynamic handling
- Great fuel economy
- Spacious, comfortable cabin
It was also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ with optional front crash prevention technology.
Best Large Car for Families
The report listed the Chevrolet Impala as the best large car for families, giving it an overall rating of an 8.9. A few notable characteristics include the following.
- Balanced handling
- Attractive, high-quality interior
- Large trunk
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Best Compact SUV for Families
The compact SUV that topped the list was the Mazda CX-5, which received an overall rating of an 8.4. U.S. News and World Report noted the following about the vehicle.
- Thrilling to drive
- Excellent fuel economy
- Roomy cabin
It was also a Top Safety Pick+ with its optional front crash prevention system.
Best Two-Row SUV for Families
The best two-row, midsize SUV is the Jeep Grand Cherokee, with an overall rating of an 8.2. The following are some pros about the Cherokee.
- High-quality interior materials
- Excellent off-road performance
- Comfortable, roomy back seat
Best Large SUV for Families
The report hailed the Chevrolet Tahoe as the best large SUV for families. It has an overall rating of an 8.5, plus the following benefits.
- Strong, refined powertrain
- Better fuel economy than most large SUVs
- Simple navigation, stereo and climate controls
Best Minivan for Families
The minivan with the highest overall rating (8.7) for families is the Honda Odyssey. U.S. News and World Report listed four notable pros.
- Superb handling for a van
- Roomy and attractive interior
- Lots of available tech features
- Good fuel economy
It was also a Top Safety Pick+ with optional front crash prevention.
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