Parents magazine and leading car information and shopping network Edmunds.com 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, efficient vehicles on the road. “The car is an extension of home for families – the place where days are rehashed, on-the-go meals are eaten, and quality time is spent together,” says Parents Editor-in-Chief Dana Points. “It’s important that parents feel comforted 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 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 cup holders 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.com, the ten “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.com experts were impressed by these standouts for their smart designs, driver- and kid-friendly features and reasonable price points. 360-degree rear-view cameras, hill-descent control, enhanced fuel efficiency, and contoured seats are a few of the many offerings that ensure a safe and comfortable ride for your family.