Ten Best Family Cars Revealed by Edmunds and Parents


  • 10 Best Family Cars of 2014 by Edmunds.com & Parents Magazine

    What's the best family car? How about the best family SUV or minivan? To help moms and dads pick out the best vehicle to haul around the kids, Edmunds.com teamed with Parents Magazine to craft a list of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2014. Join Edmunds Feature Editor Carroll Lachnit as she runs down the list of hybrids, budget sedans, midsize family sedans, compact crossover SUVs, bigger three-row crossover SUVs and a minivan. All share common virtues of strong safety, great fuel economy, good value for the money and a little bit of style. Read more about the 10 Best Family Cars: http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-10-family-vehicles-for-2014.html | June 03, 2014

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Just the Facts:
  • The 10 Best Family Cars list compiled by the experts at Edmunds and Parents magazine includes choices for everyone, including budget-conscious environmentalists and big families.
  • "We do this to save parents time during the car-shopping process and make it easier for them to buy the right vehicle to haul their family and their stuff," said Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com editor in chief.
  • The list includes the 2014 Mazda 3, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Prius, Mazda 6, Honda Accord, Subaru Outback, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Odyssey.

SANTA MONICA, California — The 10 Best Family Cars list compiled by the experts at Edmunds and Parents magazine includes choices for everyone, including budget-conscious environmentalists and big families.

"We do this to save parents time during the car-shopping process and make it easier for them to buy the right vehicle to haul their family and their stuff," said Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com editor in chief.

The list includes the 2014 Mazda 3, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Prius, Mazda 6, Honda Accord, Subaru Outback, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Odyssey.

All the cars share the features that make daily family journeys easier, such as reliability, impressive mileage and ample cargo capacity.

Car experts from both organizations examined hundreds of vehicles and whittled the list to the safest, most family-friendly subcompact cars, large SUVs and everything in between.

The 2014 Mazda 3 and Ford Fiesta are the top recommendations for budget-minded families.

The 2014 Toyota Prius is the best hybrid.

The 2014 Mazda 6 and Honda Accord are the best family sedans.

The 2014 Subaru Outback is the best wagon.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue took home top crossover honors.

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Traverse are the best choices in the SUV category.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey was recognized as the best minivan for families.

Edmunds says: An indispensable list for all families from two trusted organizations.

Comments

  • marcos9 marcos9 Posts:

    We love our W211 AMG wagon. Seats 7 (as long as two of them are 4'6" or shorter). Fun weekend family vehicle.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Interesting how there is clearly a preference for sportiness in the budget-minded and family sedan classes with the Mazda3, Ford Fiesta, Mazda 6 and Honda Accord. But in their crossovers, the two trusted organizations chose some of the least sporty vehicles. If you're going to pick a Mazda6 over a Camry, you should pick a Mazda CX-9 over a Traverse or a Mazda CX-5 over a Rogue.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    the mazda 3 hatchback is prohibitively expensive considering you can get a larger more family oriented vehicle for the same money, and i don't know why you would pick the fiesta over the fit as a "family" car

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    In the tony part of California where I live, kids will come home in tears from being mocked by their peers if they're seen being dropped off or picked up in anything without a European badge on it. The only thing on this list that has any local "kid cred" is the Prius... and even there, that was more the case a few years ago before everyone and their grandmother had one.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    i have not been in the new model rouge but the last model was tiny it felt like i was in like a sentra hatchback.

  • stickguy stickguy Posts:

    It basically is a sentra hatchback, so makes sense

  • rock2155 rock2155 Posts:

    I know its not available to everyone's budget but we are pretty happy with out Tesla Model S. Its a sport sedan, seats 7, 5 adults and two children in the back. And got more room for luggage than most minivans since there is no engine in the front. We've got 3 children and can still bring another child + another adult with us and still carry a double stroller AND a single stroller + luggage! Great look, roomy, 0 emission. We are planing a New-York to Orlando trip this summer with that configuration, zero $ on gas, free Supercharging. 20min stop (food, drink, toilet) get us 200mi of charge to our next stop, that we would need to do anyway because of the kids.

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