Like most parts of family life, finding the right family car is all about striking a balance, and the Best Cars for Families do just that.  Each of the award winners have the best combination of positive reviews from professional car critics, safety ratings, space, and available tech features.  The awards cover 18 different automotive classes, so there’s a winner that will work for your space and budget. Beyond that, the awards highlight the cars, minivans, and SUVs that work for all stages of family life, from bringing home a baby, to handing the keys over to a teen driver, to helping out an aging family member. 

How We Found the Best Cars for Families

To choose the award winners, we looked at 211 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 18 automotive classes covered by the awards, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category. 

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The Winners: SUVs and Minivans

2017 Ford Edge

Best 2-Row SUV: Ford Edge

2017 Honda Pilot

Best 3-Row SUV: Honda Pilot

2017 Honda CR-V

Best Compact SUV: Honda CR-V

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUV: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

Best Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe

2017 Lincoln MKX

Best Luxury 2-Row SUV: Lincoln MKX

2017 Infiniti QX60

Best Luxury 3-Row SUV: Infiniti QX60

BMW X5, Volvo XC90
2017 BMW X3

Best Luxury Compact SUV: BMW X3

2017 Cadillac Escalade

Best Luxury Large SUV: Cadillac Escalade

2017 Honda Odyssey

Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey

2017 Honda HR-V

Best Subcompact SUV: Honda HR-V

The Winners: Cars

2017 Kia Soul

Best Compact Car: Kia Soul

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Best Hybrid Car: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

2017 Kia Cadenza

Best Large Car: Kia Cadenza

2017 Cadillac CT6

Best Luxury Large Car: Cadillac CT6

Genesis G90, Audi A7
2017 Cadillac CTS

Best Luxury Midsize Car: Cadillac CTS

Volvo S90, Audi A6
2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Best Midsize Car: Chevrolet Malibu

2017 Subaru Outback

Best Wagon: Subaru Outback

Family-Friendly Features

Winners like the Ford Edge, Kia Soul, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, and Cadillac Escalade have systems that let parents set limits on or monitor teen drivers, helping develop good driving habits even when mom or dad can’t be in the car. Other winners, such as the BMW X3, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Infiniti QX60, have in-car Wi-Fi hot spots so the whole family can be connected while on the go.

 All of the winners have available advanced driver assistance features, like blind spot warning, forward collision warning, and automatic braking, to help prevent a collision.  Trading up to a larger vehicle as your family grows can be a bit daunting, but advanced rearview camera and parking systems, like the ones in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Kia Cadenza, Lincoln MKX, Cadillac Escalade, and others, can make parking a large vehicle less of a chore.

See photos of the 2017 Best Cars for Families, and 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.

More Information on Why These Models Won

2017 Honda Pilot | 2017 Ford Edge | 2017 Kia Soul | 2017 Chevrolet Malibu | 2017 Honda CR-V | 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe | 2017 Lincoln MKX | 2017 Infiniti QX60 | 2017 BMW X3 | 2017 Kia Cadenza | 2017 Cadillac Escalade | 2017 Cadillac CTS | 2017 Cadillac CT6 | 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid | 2017 Honda Odyssey | 2017 Honda HR-V | 2017 Subaru Outback

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