Let’s compare buying a family car to buying a fun little convertible. If you’re shopping for a convertible, all you have to think about is if you like it and if you can afford it. For a family car, liking and affording the car are important, but you also need to consider safety, reliability and if the car has the space and features your family needs.

(U.S. News)

Buying a family car won’t make most people’s heart race like shopping for a new convertible might. For most people, however, finding the right family car is one of the most important car buying decisions they’ll make.

The 2014 U.S. News Best Cars for Families awards highlight the cars, SUVs and minivans that have the best combination of positive reviews from the automotive press, safety and reliability ratings, as well as space and available family-friendly features. In short, the award winners have everything families need and most of the stuff they want.

With 19 different categories of cars, SUVs and minivans covered in the awards, it’s easy to find a vehicle that will work for your family. If your family has multiple kids in car seats, check out the Best Compact and Best 2-Row SUVs for Families. Families who routinely drive car pool or have more than three kids will find a lot to like in our Best 3-Row SUVs, Best Minivan and Best Large SUVs for Families. When older kids are spending less time being chauffeured and mom and dad want to treat themselves, it’s time for the Best Upscale Midsize Car and Best Luxury Large Car for Families.

No matter what kind of family you have, or what stage of family life you’re in, the 2014 U.S. News Best Cars for Families awards have a vehicle that will work for you.

See the full list of award winners.

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