For the 11th consecutive year, Edmunds has partnered with Parents magazine to create a list of the 10 Best Family Cars. When it comes to buying a new car suitable for your family, you probably have 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, safety and family-friendly features. That's why Parents and Edmunds have done much of the work for you, highlighting 10 great choices for your next new family car. 



The Mother of All Test-Drives
All winners received a 5 out of 5 ranking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; some are also Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Edmunds staff test-drove cars on the road and at its track, measuring acceleration, braking speed, steering, and much more. Winners needed to receive at least a 4 out of 5 overall rating from Edmunds; only one in every three cars tested made the cut.

Parents installed car seats in 20 semifinalists, examined trunk space and legroom, counted cupholders and charging outlets, and looked for other family features.


Best Minivan

Minivans carry an unfortunate stigma, one that has helped SUVs climb to the top as America's preferred mode of family transport. That's a shame because the modern minivan is a marvel of clever efficiency, packaging and utility. Even the popular three-row SUV can't match it for ease of entry and space to fit all the family's gear. Once you can get past the dreaded soccer mom/dad stereotype, you'll appreciate how much easier family life can be with a minivan.

Honda Odyssey

2018 Honda Odyssey

2018 Honda Odyssey.

Edmunds Rating

From Parents magazine: Thanks to a makeover this year, the Honda Odyssey ($30,090+) looks and drives better — plus it offers more family perks. "The rear-row head restraints are adjustable in several ways, making car seats easier to install," says Abbie Patterson, a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. The 2018's engine is about 15 percent more powerful, so it won't feel sluggish if you need to quickly merge onto the highway, notes Brent Romans, an editor at Edmunds.

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Best Three-Row SUVs

If you don't want a minivan, a three-row SUV is the next best thing. It's not as easy to climb in and out of, or load gear into, as a minivan, but a three-row SUV can fit a family of five or more, along with pets, toys and other gear. Most three-row SUVs can also tow heavier loads than minivans, something to consider for families with active outdoor lifestyles.

Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas.

Edmunds Rating

From Parents magazine: Debuting a year ago, the American-built Volkswagen Atlas ($30,750+) provides a lot of legroom in the third row and is easy to maneuver. "We rated the steering 5 out of 5," says Dan Edmunds, head of vehicle testing at Edmunds (but no relation). "It drives a lot smaller than it is." Installing car seats is simple because the lower anchors in the LATCH system are some of the easiest to access of all the cars we compared, says Patterson.

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Chevrolet Traverse

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

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From Parents magazine: Fresh from a redesign, the American-made Chevrolet Traverse is more comfy and fuel-efficient, plus easier to drive. Passengers in the second and third rows snag a few more inches of legroom, and the cargo area is significantly expanded.

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Best Two-Row SUVs

Families who like the idea of an SUV but don't need seating for more than five passengers can find a solution in a two-row SUV. You may not get the same kind of passenger or cargo room, but you'll tend to get better gas mileage, additional engine choices and better maneuverability.

Ford Edge

2018 Ford Edge

2018 Ford Edge.

Edmunds Rating

From Parents magazine: While the new colors (hello, blue metallic) are worth swooning over, it's the Ford Edge's back row, which is big enough for you to install three car seats, that deserves your applause. "Even with a rear-facing seat behind the driver's side — which you might need if you have twins — a taller driver still has legroom," explains Patterson.

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Acura RDX

2018 Acura RDX

2018 Acura RDX.

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From Parents magazine: Not only does the Acura RDX look more expensive than it is, the base model ($36,000+) includes higher-end features like heated front seats and a sunroof that you typically have to upgrade for in other cars.

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Best SUV-Like Wagons (or Best SUV-Wagon Combos)

Like minivans, wagons haven't totally shed their unflattering stereotype. However, today's wagons offer a lot of utility and deserve a closer look. And now there's even a segment that combines the trucklike utility of SUVs and hatchbacks with the driving manners of a standard passenger sedan.

Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback.

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From Parents magazine: The Subaru Outback's standard all-wheel drive easily handles bumpy, nonpaved surfaces so there's no limit to your family's exploring. Roof rails and integrated crossbars on all models allow you to haul bikes or kayaks.

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Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul.

Edmunds Rating

From Parents magazine: The lowest-cost vehicle on the list ($16,200+), the Kia Soul is "fun, funky, and has so much maneuverability," says Edmunds. The boxy design allows for more interior space so you won't have trouble taking boosters or car seats in and out of the back.

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Best Sedans

If you've been researching a potential car purchase recently, you've likely heard that sedans aren't as popular as they used to be. While SUVs are the preference, they don't suit all families. Today's sedans offer compelling advantages, including trouble-free entry and exit, easy cargo loading and typically better gas mileage. And even if you already own an SUV, sedans are a great second family car.

Honda Accord

2018 Honda Accord

2018 Honda Accord.

Edmunds Rating

From Parents magazine: The Honda Accord has been a favorite family pick since the '90s — and the tenth generation, which debuted this year, looks sleeker, has more interior room, and is packed with advanced safety features even on the LX base model ($23,570+).

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Chevrolet Malibu

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

2018 Chevrolet Malibu.

Edmunds Rating

From Parents magazine: A redesign of the American-made Chevrolet Malibu ($22,555+) in 2016 made the back roomier for car seats and modernized the shape in addition to adding tech features like a Bose nine-speaker sound system on some models. It's also a great choice if you have tweens — and you're thinking ahead to what car they're going to learn to drive in a few years.

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Best Hybrid

Hybrids have a natural family appeal. After all, what family doesn't want to spend less money at the gas station? Earlier hybrids were generally too small and compact to be useful for families, but today's hybrids split the difference between hatchback and sedan. They're comfortably large enough for a family of four with respectable space for gear.

Toyota Prius

2018 Toyota Prius

2018 Toyota Prius.

Edmunds Rating

From Parents magazine: If you want an eco-friendly car that you don't need to plug in, the Toyota Prius Hatchback ($23,475+) will be your family's jam. It gets 52 miles per gallon by combining its efficient gas engine with a self-charging electric motor, says Edmunds editor Cameron Rogers, who calculated that it will save you more than $500 on gas a year compared with a similar-size nonhybrid.

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