Family life is all about balance: balancing work with home life, chores with playtime, screen time with outdoor time, and a healthy diet with demands for ice cream. The 2015 Best Cars for Families awards showcase cars, SUVs and minivans that have perfected the art of balance. The winners have the space, safety and reliability that families need, as well as the features, comfort and performance they want.

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The Winners: Cars

2015 Volkswagen Golf

Best Compact Car: Volkswagen Golf

Kia Soul, Mazda Mazda3
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Best Upscale Small Car: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

BMW 3-Series, Audi A4
2015 Kia Soul

Best Hatchback: Kia Soul

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Best Midsize Car: Hyundai Sonata

2015 Cadillac CTS

Best Upscale Midsize Car: Cadillac CTS

2015 Chevrolet Impala

Best Large Car: Chevrolet Impala

2015 Kia K900

Best Luxury Large Car: Kia K900

Audi A7, Cadillac XTS
2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best Hybrid Car: Ford Fusion Hybrid

2015 Subaru Outback

Best Wagon: Subaru Outback

The Winners: SUVs

2015 Honda CR-V

Best Compact SUV: Honda CR-V

GMC Terrain, Ford Escape
2015 Volvo XC60

Best Luxury Compact SUV: Volvo XC60

BMW X3, Lexus NX
2015 Nissan Murano

Best 2-Row SUV: Nissan Murano

Jeep Grand Cherokee
2015 Lexus RX 350

Best Luxury 2-Row SUV: Lexus RX 350

2015 Toyota Highlander

Best 3-Row SUV: Toyota Highlander

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Best Luxury 3-Row SUV: Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX
2015 Chevrolet Suburban

Best Large SUV: Chevrolet Suburban

2015 Cadillac Escalade

Best Luxury Large SUV: Cadillac Escalade

2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUV: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Winners: Minivans

The Best Cars for Families don’t feel like compromises. The 2015 Honda Odyssey is the Best Minivan for Families, and it offers features like a cooler, rear-seat entertainment and a built-in vacuum, as well as handling that car reviewers describe as nimble and athletic. The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families, not only has seating for up to seven, but also off-road ability and luxury that’s almost unparalleled. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata, the Best Midsize Car for Families, has heated rear seats, plenty of room for car seats, infotainment options to lessen the daily grind of commuting and innovative high-tech features to help parents keep an eye on teen drivers. No matter the stage of family life you’re in, there’s a Best Cars for Families award winner that will work for you.

To determine the award winners, we considered 259 new vehicles currently on the market in the United States. 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.

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