The Winners: Cars

2014 Mazda Mazda3

Best Compact Car: Mazda Mazda3

2014 Buick Verano

Best Upscale Small Car: Buick Verano

2014 Mazda Mazda3

Best Hatchback: Mazda Mazda3

Kia Soul, Toyota Prius
2014 Mazda Mazda6

Best Midsize Car: Mazda Mazda6

2014 Cadillac ATS

Best Upscale Midsize Car: Cadillac ATS

2014 Chevrolet Impala

Best Large Car: Chevrolet Impala

2014 Cadillac CTS

Best Luxury Large Car: Cadillac CTS

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best Hybrid Car: Ford Fusion Hybrid

2014 Subaru Outback

Best Wagon: Subaru Outback

The Winners: SUVs and Minivans

2014 Mazda CX-5

Best Compact SUV: Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue
2014 Audi Q5

Best Luxury Compact SUV: Audi Q5

Acura RDX, BMW X3
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Best 2-Row Midsize SUV: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Ford Edge, Toyota Venza
2014 Buick Enclave

Best 3-Row Midsize SUV: Buick Enclave

2014 Lexus RX 350

Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV: Lexus RX 350

BMW X5, Lexus RX Hybrid
2014 Acura MDX

Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV: Acura MDX

2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

Best Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser

Best Luxury Large SUV: Toyota Land Cruiser

2014 Lexus RX Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUV: Lexus RX Hybrid

2014 Honda Odyssey

Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey

The winners of the 2014 Best Cars for Families awards prove that family cars don't need to be dowdy or boring. The 2014 Mazda6, the Best Midsize Car for Families, and the 2014 Mazda3, the Best Compact Car for Families, both have performance that car reviewers love. That performance comes in addition to available high-tech safety features, like forward collision warning and lane departure warning, as well as spacious cabins that most car critics agree feel upscale.

The Honda Odyssey, which is the Best Minivan for Families for the fourth consecutive year, stands out in a class where every model is family-friendly. Though almost all minivans offer the space and safety features families are looking for, the Odyssey sets itself apart by offering features that go the extra mile, like a widescreen rear entertainment system and a built-in vacuum.

The awards also recognize luxury cars that work for families. The Acura MDX, the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families, has seating for up to seven and an engine that reviewers say delivers ample power, plus an upscale and modern interior. For luxury-minded families who don't want an SUV, the Best Luxury Large Car for Families is the Cadillac CTS. Reviewers say it provides plenty of driving excitement for mom or dad, as well as plenty of entertainment options for the kids.

The award methodology combines professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume and the availability of family-friendly features. Within each of the 19 automotive categories, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category.

See photos of the 2014 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. When you're ready to buy, don't overpay; you can get a great deal with guaranteed savings off MSRP using the U.S. News Best Price Program.

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