Say what you will about Americans, but two things are true: We have a lot of kids, and we buy a lot of cars. Nearly 23 percent of the people in the U.S. are under 18, and we have one of the highest birthrates in the developed world. Also, U.S. new car sales set a record in the last year, with 17.5 million new cars, trucks, and SUVs rolling off of dealer lots and into garages and driveways.

Best Cars for Families
(Volvo Cars of North America, Mercedes-Benz USA, General Motors, American Honda Motor Co., Inc./U.S. News amp; World Report)

So what do kids and car sales have to do with each other? With so many families in the U.S., carmakers are constantly adding innovative features to catch more family car buyers.  As family-friendly as cars have become, however, separating those that are nothing but bells and whistles from the models that are actually going to make family life better has gotten tougher.  That’s where the 2016 Best Cars for Families come in. The 21 award winners have the best combination of positive reviews; space, safety, and reliability ratings; and family-friendly features in their classes. If you’re looking for a car that will make family life easier, one of the Best Cars for Families will work for you. 

See a slideshow of the winners »