Our Best Cars for the Money awards highlight cars that are great to own and great long-term values. Our Best Cars for Families awards recognize the best family cars in 19 different classes. Of course, families need cars that are great values as well. Though pricing and long-term costs aren’t part of our Best Cars for Families award criteria, they also aren’t mutually exclusive. Here are the eight Best Cars for Families winners that are also Best Cars for the Money winners for 2015.
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is both the Best Compact Car for Families and the Best Compact Car for the Money. Reviewers love the Golf’s zippy handling and refined cabin. That cabin is one of the roomiest in the compact car class, and has a lot of available family-friendly features.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata won both the Best Midsize Car for Families and Best Midsize Car for the Money. Not only is the Sonata a great long-term value, but it also has Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system that can help parents keep an eye on teen drivers heading out alone. Reviewers also appreciate its quiet, upscale cabin.
Lots of parents (and even grandparents) might remember rattling around in a Chevy Impala when they were kids, but the 2015 Chevrolet Impala, which won both a Best Cars for the Money and a Best Cars for Families award in the large car class, is miles ahead of earlier models. With lots of space, as well as features like an available Wi-Fi hot spot, the Impala works for families and their budgets.
The 2015 Subaru Outback earned the titles of Best Wagon for the Money and Best Wagon for Families. With top-notch safety scores, grippy standard all-wheel drive, plenty of cargo and passenger space as well as low long-term ownership costs, the Outback makes an excellent choice, whether you have a family or not.
The 2015 Honda CR-V is tough to beat by any measure, and that was the case when it came to both of our awards. Winning both the Best Compact SUV for Families and Best Compact SUV for the Money, the CR-V is also a perennial front-runner in our compact SUV rankings. What keeps the CR-V on top? It has great long-term value, plenty of passenger and cargo room in a versatile and easy-to-maintain cabin, lots of family-friendly features and excellent safety ratings.
Most SUVs have enough space to be fairly family-friendly, but the 2015 Nissan Murano goes above and beyond with features like an available camera system that gives you a view of the entire area around the SUV when you're parking, not just what’s behind you. That will save many parents from parking on top of a tricycle. With excellent long-term ownership costs and a serene ride, the Murano not only nabbed the Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award but also the Best 2-Row SUV for Families award.
Of course, some families need the space an SUV offers, but aren’t fans of SUV fuel economy and the related pain at the pump. The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is both the Best Hybrid SUV for Families and the Best Hybrid SUV for the Money. Reviewers like the Highlander Hybrid’s practical and comfortable cabin, which has plenty of available features like tri-zone climate control and rear-seat entertainment that families will like.
Luxury vehicles can also be good values, as the 2015 Lexus RX has proved by winning the Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money award for seven years running. They can also be good family vehicles, as the RX proved by winning the Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families award. With an excellent reliability rating and a cabin that’s as pleasant to commute in as it is to drive to grandma’s house, the RX has a lot to offer almost any buyer.
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