Looking for a new car that works well for the whole family? We’ve identified the best family cars across 21 different classes with our 2016 Best Cars for Families awards. The winning cars, SUVs, and minivans have the best combination of positive reviews from professional automotive writers, passenger and cargo space, excellent safety and reliability data, and available family-friendly features.

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The Winners: Cars

2016 Kia Soul

Best Compact Car: Kia Soul

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Best Upscale Small Car: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

BMW 3-Series, Audi A4
2016 Kia Soul

Best Hatchback: Kia Soul

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Best Midsize Car: Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Best Upscale Midsize Car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Cadillac CTS, Audi A6
2016 Chevrolet Impala

Best Large Car: Chevrolet Impala

2016 Audi A7

Best Luxury Large Car: Audi A7

Kia K900
2016 Lexus GS Hybrid

Best Hybrid Car: Lexus GS Hybrid

2016 Subaru Outback

Best Wagon: Subaru Outback

The Winners: SUVs

2016 Honda HR-V

Best Subcompact SUV: Honda HR-V

2016 BMW X1

Best Luxury Subcompact SUV: BMW X1

2016 Honda CR-V

Best Compact SUV: Honda CR-V

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Best Luxury Compact SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Audi Q5, BMW X3
2016 Nissan Murano

Best 2-Row SUV: Nissan Murano

Ford Edge
2016 Honda Pilot

Best 3-Row SUV: Honda Pilot

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Best Luxury 2-Row SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2016 Volvo XC90

Best Luxury 3-Row SUV: Volvo XC90

2016 GMC Yukon

Best Large SUV: GMC Yukon

2016 Cadillac Escalade

Best Luxury Large SUV: Cadillac Escalade

2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUV: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Lexus RX Hybrid

The Winners: Minivans

Struggling to hold your baby and put your groceries in the car? The GMC Yukon has a hands-free liftgate. Need a demilitarized zone between the constantly warring occupants in the back seat? The Honda Pilot SUV and Odyssey minivan have second-row captain’s chairs. Worried about playing music in the car that’s not suitable for small ears? Create your own kid-friendly playlist on your phone, and control it in a car with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone systems. About to hand over the keys to a new driver? The Kia Soul helps you keep tabs on them with smartphone alerts that let you know when, where, and how fast the car has been driven. Want some peace and quiet on a road trip? The Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLC, E-Class and C-Class all have in-car Wi-Fi, limiting all bickering to social media.

To choose the award winners, we looked at 256 new cars, SUVs, and minivans currently on sale. 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 21 automotive categories, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category.

See photos of the 2016 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, you can get a great deal with guaranteed savings off MSRP using the U.S. News Best Price Program.

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