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2016 Best Cars for Families
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.
The winners: Cars
The winners: SUVs
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.