16 Best Compact SUVs for Families in 2019

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Here Is Our Full Ranking for the U.S. News Best Compact SUV for Families Award

If you’re in the market for a new compact SUV for your family, our list includes the best models available today, according to our Best Cars for Families methodology. Each vehicle receives a composite score that’s derived from a combination of professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume, and the availability of family-friendly features.

We used the above methodology to sift through 11 automotive classes, which include 129 new cars, SUVs, and minivans from the 2019 model year. The vehicle in each class that earns the highest overall composite score is named the Best Car for Families. We also name two finalists in each class.

The following slides fill you in on how these compact SUVs compare with regard to overall quality, space, and available features. When it comes to which features families will use and appreciate the most, we consider certain features more important than others. These include smartphone app integration, a Wi-Fi hot spot, rear-seat USB ports, a rear-seat entertainment system, a hands-free power liftgate, and heated and cooled second-row seats.

Safety technologies are also considered. Lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, a 360-degree camera system, and teen controls, which help parents develop good habits in their younger drivers, are all part of the award criteria.

Remember that the scores on our site are updated often as new expert reviews and data become available. The scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews.

Continue reading to learn about the contenders for our 2019 Best Compact SUV for Families award.

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