Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com Name the 10 Best Family Cars of 2016

Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com Name the 10 Best Family Cars of 2016

Top Picks for Safety, Performance, and Family-Friendly Features


NEW YORK, NY — June 1, 2016Parents magazine and leading car information and shopping network Edmunds.com today revealed their annual 10 "Best Family Cars of 2016" list, a go-to resource for families considering a new car purchase. For the ninth consecutive year, automotive and parenting experts partnered to evaluate hundreds of cars, narrowing down the list to the most versatile, value-packed, family-friendly vehicles on the road.

"The car is an extension of home for families — the place where we rehash our days, eat on-the-go meals, and spend quality time together," says Parents Editor-in-Chief Dana Points. "It's important that parents feel supported by their car's extensive range of safety functions so they stay confident on the road. This year's top picks also highlight features that keep the ride fun and relaxing for every passenger."

The list includes a vehicle for every family, from those with a newborn to a carload of grade-schoolers to chauffeur to and from soccer practice. "The 10 Best Family Cars of 2016" appears in the July issue of Parents magazine and online at www.parents.com/best-family-cars.

"When it comes to a family car, there are usually a lot of boxes to check. And we know that it can be daunting for busy parents to research hundreds of vehicles to find the one that's the perfect mix of economy, convenience and features," says Edmunds' lead consumer advice editor, Carroll Lachnit. "We're happy to have counted the cupholders and spotted the cars that have that little bit of je ne sais quoi so that parents can buy a car with confidence and even have a little fun while they're doing it."

According to Parents and Edmunds, the 10 "Best Family Cars of 2016" (with starting prices) are:

BEST BUDGET VEHICLE

  • Kia Soul ($15,800)

BEST GREEN CAR

  • Chevrolet Volt ($25,720; after $7,500 federal tax credit)

BEST HATCHBACK

  • Mazda 3 ($18,545)

BEST SMALL SEDAN

  • Honda Civic ($18,640)

BEST SEDAN

  • Kia Optima ($21,990)

BEST WAGON

  • Subaru Outback ($24,995)

BEST CROSSOVERS

  • Hyundai Tucson ($22,700)
  • Nissan Murano ($29,660)

BEST MINIVAN

  • Toyota Sienna ($28,850)

BEST SUV

  • Honda Pilot ($30,145)

This year, Parents and Edmunds experts were impressed by these standouts for their smart designs, driver- and kid-friendly features and reasonable price points. Standard 360-degree rearview cameras, automatic braking systems, smartphone link systems, and dual display entertainment systems are a few of the many offerings that ensure a safe and comfortable ride for your family.

About Meredith Parents Network
The Meredith Parents Network is a collection of parenting brands targeting millennial women — Parents, FamilyFun, Ser Padres, Parents Latina and Fit Pregnancy and Baby as well as FitPregnancy.com, Parents.com and Parenting.com — reflecting the multi-faceted experience of what it means to be a mom today. The brands reach moms through dynamic media platforms that engage them in ways they can personally relate to in the moments, places, and languages that are meaningful to them. The Meredith Parents Network reaches a combined audience of over 30 million readers, while the digital properties reach over 11 million unduplicated unique monthly visitors and have a social reach of over 5 million followers.

About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Car shopping destination Edmunds.com serves nearly 20 million visitors each month. With Edmunds.com Price Promise®, shoppers can buy smarter with instant, upfront prices for cars and trucks currently for sale at 10,000 dealer franchises across the U.S. Shoppers can browse not only dealer inventory, but also vehicle reviews, shopping tips, photos, videos and feature stories on both Edmunds' wired site and on its acclaimed mobile apps. Regarded as one of the best places to work in Southern California, Edmunds.com was also named one of "The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Automotive" by Fast Company. Edmunds welcomes all car-shopping questions on its free Live Help Line at 1-855-782-4711 and help@edmunds.com, via text at ED411 and on Twitter and Facebook. The company is based in Santa Monica, Calif. and has a satellite office in downtown Detroit, Mich., but you can find Edmunds from anywhere on YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+ and Flipboard.

For more information about Parents contact:
Alexandra Shapiro: alexandra.shapiro@meredith.com or 212.499.1904
Lisa Callahan: lisa.callahan@meredith.com or 212.551.7053

For more information about Edmunds.com, contact:
Allie Zamaria: azamaria@edmunds.com or 310.309.4900.

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