Edmunds, Parents Magazine Name the 10 Best Family Cars of 2017 | Edmunds

Edmunds, Parents Magazine Name the 10 Best Family Cars of 2017

Specialists from Edmunds and Parents magazine teamed up to evaluate hundreds of vehicles and have selected the 10 Best Family Cars of 2017.

For the 10th consecutive year, the parenting and car experts partnered to narrow down an extensive list of possible choices to the 10 models they think offer the best combination of value, performance, safety and family-friendly features. The list includes a vehicle for every type of family, from those looking for fuel efficiency to those needing room for many passengers.

"Edmunds has the most in-depth vehicle evaluation program of any third-party automotive shopping site, and a critical part of our process is determining how a car will fit into someone's lifestyle," said Ed Hellwig, Edmunds senior editor. "Many of us on the Edmunds editorial team are parents ourselves, so we know how hard it can be to find vehicles that are safe, affordable, fun to drive, and have all the features a busy family needs. This year's list offers parents a wide range of choices designed to suit a variety of budgets and tastes."

Parents magazine Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello added: "Between school drop-offs, playdate pickups, sports-practice shuttling and carpools, we spend so much time in our family vehicles. This year's top picks highlight features that support the needs of Mom and Dad, and also kid passengers of all sizes — from our newborns to our preteens."

According to Parents magazine and Edmunds, the 10 Best Family Cars of 2017 (with starting prices) are:

Best Eco-Friendly Car
Chevrolet Bolt EV ($29,995, after $7,500 federal tax credit)
A practical, low-cost electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Bolt can travel up to 238 miles on a single charge, carry five occupants in relative comfort and provide an engaging driving experience. Useful features include a 10.2-inch touchscreen, OnStar, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports.

Best Budget Vehicle
Kia Soul ($16,100)
The five-passenger Kia Soul brings funky style and youthful appeal to the family wagon. Small on the outside yet surprisingly roomy inside, the Soul makes a good choice for hauling youngsters and their cargo. The six-speaker audio system, XM satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity will keep the gang entertained on road trips.

Best Hatchback
Subaru Crosstrek ($21,695)
With standard all-wheel drive, a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, and a roomy interior and cargo area, the Subaru Crosstrek makes an excellent choice as an all-weather grocery-getter or a sports-equipment transport. The standard four-speaker audio system includes Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone app integration. Options include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and other advanced safety features.

Best Small Sedan
Honda Civic ($18,740)
The Honda Civic is a compact sedan that's big and comfortable inside, with enough room in the trunk for two strollers. Throw in a peppy engine, good fuel economy, the latest infotainment features and a host of advanced safety technology, and the Civic ticks all the right boxes for families in the market for practical yet stylish transportation.

Best Sedan
Hyundai Sonata ($21,950)
A well-rounded and affordable midsize family sedan, the Hyundai Sonata offers a spacious interior with a backseat that can hold a trio of teens in comfort. And to help keep them entertained, even the base model comes with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input.

Best Midsize Crossovers
Mazda CX-5 ($24,045)
Quiet, comfortable and gentle on the highway, the Mazda CX-5 works well for families on the go. Drivers will appreciate the available all-wheel drive, while passengers can stay connected with Bluetooth and enjoy the 7-inch infotainment touchscreen in this roomy crossover, which also offers an affordable safety-upgrade package.

Honda CR-V ($24,045)
A perennial favorite among compact SUVs, the redesigned Honda CR-V features such family-friendly additions as a large storage bin, roomy door pockets and two device-charging ports. Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, 5-inch color display and available all-wheel drive add even more to this crossover's appeal.

Best Wagon
Subaru Outback ($25,645)
Despite the surge in popularity of small SUVs, shoppers who prefer a wagon will find that the Subaru Outback offers an enticing combination of comfort, style and utility. Designed for off-roading family adventures, this wagon comes with such standard features as all-wheel drive, hill descent control and generous ground clearance. Upgrades include a 6.2-inch touchscreen interface and a four-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack, a USB-iPod interface and various smartphone-integration apps.

Best Minivan
Chrysler Pacifica ($28,595)
The all-new Chrysler Pacifica shines with all the attributes shoppers look for in a minivan, including room for up to eight passengers, cleverly designed cargo space and a comfortable, quiet ride. Families will appreciate not only the latest suite of advanced safety technology but also such available features as a 13-speaker audio system and a rear entertainment system with dual 10-inch touchscreens, a Blu-ray player, a 115-volt power outlet, and extra USB and HDMI inputs.

Best SUV
Toyota Highlander ($30,630)
When nothing but a three-row SUV will do, the Toyota Highlander fits the bill. Just the right size for many families, the Highlander has plenty of room for the whole gang yet remains easy to handle and comparatively economical. With a V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, this powerful SUV also includes five charging ports and a safety bundle that includes a collision avoidance system and pedestrian detection.

In addition to choosing the 10 Best Family Cars of 2017, the experts at Edmunds and Parents also awarded honorable mentions to the Nissan Rogue SUV ($23,820), Mazda 3 sedan ($17,845), Mercedes-Benz GLC300 SUV ($39,150), Hyundai Santa Fe SUV ($30,800) and Honda Odyssey minivan ($29,990).

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