The 2013 U.S. News Best Cars for Families awards highlight the cars, vans and SUVs that offer the best combination of quality, space and family-friendly features. The Best Cars for Families awards combine quality, size and family-friendly features into a composite score. Within each of the 19 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for Families in that category.

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The Winners: Cars

2013 Chevrolet Cruze

Best Compact Car: Chevrolet Cruze

2013 Buick Verano

Best Upscale Small Car: Buick Verano

2013 Toyota Prius

Best Hatchback: Toyota Prius

2013 Ford Fusion

Best Midsize Car: Ford Fusion

2013 Acura TL

Best Upscale Midsize Car: Acura TL

2013 Buick LaCrosse

Best Full Size Car: Buick LaCrosse

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Best Luxury Full Size Car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best Hybrid Car: Ford Fusion Hybrid

2013 Subaru Outback

Best Wagon: Subaru Outback

The Winners: SUVs and Minivans

2013 Honda CR-V

Best Compact SUV: Honda CR-V

2013 Audi Q5

Best Luxury Compact SUV: Audi Q5

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Best 2-Row Midsize SUV: Jeep Grand Cherokee

2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Best 3-Row Midsize SUV: Chevrolet Traverse

2013 Lexus RX 350

Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV: Lexus RX 350

2013 Lincoln MKT

Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV: Lincoln MKT

2013 Chevrolet Suburban

Best Full Size SUV: Chevrolet Suburban

2013 Cadillac Escalade

Best Luxury Full Size SUV: Cadillac Escalade

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUV: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2013 Honda Odyssey

Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey

The Winners

The Best Cars for Families awards span so many different automotive classes that it's easy for families to find cars, vans and SUVs that will suit their lifestyle. Families looking for a compact car will like the Chevrolet Cruze, which, despite its small exterior, has interior space that's in line with what some midsize sedans offer. Families who want to ride in style and luxury should check out the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, which offers features like a rear-seat entertainment system and has a roomy back seat that will make any kid the envy of the pickup lane at school.

The Chevrolet Suburban, which seats up to nine, or the Honda Odyssey, which seats up to eight, are natural choices for larger families, and have amenities like climate controls for the rear seats and chilled compartments for drinks and snacks. The Chevrolet Traverse is the Best 3-Row SUV for Families, and it offers convenient features like remote start and a parking aid. For more luxury and just as many seats, the Lincoln MKT, the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV, has both keyless entry and keyless start, so parents won't have to fumble through their pockets or bags when it's time to hit the road.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is the Best Hybrid Car for Families. In addition to offering plenty of back-seat space, its fuel economy means parents won't have to drain college funds to fill up the tank. The Best Hybrid SUV for Families is the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. It can seat up to seven, making it a green choice for car pool duty.

For families on the go, the car has become an extension of the home. Finding a car that's comfortable, safe, reliable and has the features that make life easier can be tough. The Best Cars for Families awards can't take the guesswork out of potty training, helping with homework or dealing with first crushes, but they do take the guesswork out of finding a great family car.

See photos of the 2013 Best Cars for Families and also check out the U.S. News Best Car Rankings for a complete list of the best cars on the market. If you want a great deal on a new car, check out our free Best Price Program.

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