THE 2016 BEST CARS FOR FAMILIES
Americans give birth to roughly 13 million kids each year. That’s 13 million kids (in addition to the 71 million who are already here) who are going to need toys, diapers, food, and, oh yeah, a way to get around.
That’s where the 2016 Best Cars for Families awards come in. We’ve found the cars, SUVs, and minivans with the best combination of space, safety, reliability, positive reviews, and family-friendly features. The awards have winners in 21 different car classes, so there’s a car for every lifestyle and budget. Parenting is hard enough – the Best Cars for Families awards help you find a family ride that will make life a little easier.
2016 NISSAN MURANO
The 2016 Nissan Murano is the Best 2-Row SUV for Families. In addition to having excellent safety ratings, the Murano has an upscale interior, supremely comfortable seats, and user-friendly tech features. An optional 360-degree surround-view camera system keeps an eye out for little ones while you’re parking, and a standard proximity key means you won’t have to balance a screaming toddler in your arms while digging your keys out of your pocket to unlock the doors.
2016 HONDA PILOT
With three rows of seating, the 2016 Honda Pilot – the Best 3-Row SUV for Families – can handle carpool duty easily. The third row is even large enough for teens and adults to sit comfortably, and the Pilot has plenty of interior storage spaces for everyone’s gear. Standard Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a USB port help keep the whole family safe and entertained on the road.
2016 KIA SOUL
When most people think of funky family cars, they picture interiors ripe with the scent of spilled milk and crushed Goldfish crackers. The 2016 Kia Soul, which is the Best Hatchback for Families and the Best Compact Car for Families, has the good kind of funky: fresh styling that does anything but blend in with other family cars. The Soul has a surprising amount of interior space, and parents can use a smartphone app to not only start up and warm the Soul on cold mornings but also track their teen drivers.
2016 HONDA HR-V
The 2016 Honda HR-V is the Best Subcompact SUV for Families. Despite the HR-V’s tiny footprint, its back seat can handle two car seats (even rear-facing ones) with ease. Standard features on the HR-V include a rearview camera, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The HR-V also has one of the most flexible interiors on the market for carrying kids or cargo.
2016 HONDA CR-V
With great reliability and safety ratings, the 2016 Honda CR-V – the Best Compact SUV for Families – is a smart choice. And optional safety features, such as a blind spot camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and a collision mitigation system that can automatically apply the brakes if an imminent collision is detected, make the CR-V downright brilliant at protecting your most precious passengers.