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Top 16 New Cars for Families

February 11, 2016

The 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 Chevrolet Impala, and 2016 Nissan Pathfinder are three models that make up Kelley Blue Book's (KBB) Best Family Cars of 2016.

This year's winners were determined after extensive testing and evaluation with a focus on safety, comfort, convenience, spaciousness, and fit of various child safety car seats. After narrowing down the field to two dozen finalists, KBB.com's editors finalized the list of 16 that includes sedans, minivans, and two and three-row crossover/SUVs. The full list of winners are below.

If you're considering adding any of these top family picks to your garage, I recommend using TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to see the lowest prices dealers are offering in your local area.

CategoryVehicleModel's Best Family Car Highlights
Sedan2016 Honda CivicAll-around great car, KBB.com's Overall Best Buy of 2016, generous standard equipment, loads of safety features,
cool new redesign.
Sedan2016 Honda AccordRoomy, high-quality interior, added style and safety from recent refresh, solid drivetrain, good economy.
Sedan2016 Kia OptimaKBB.com's Midsize Car Best Buy of 2016, stylish, feature-packed, family friendly.
Sedan2016 Chevrolet MalibuAll-new redesign, additional safety and efficiency, comfortable and accommodating interior makes it easy to
stay connected.
Sedan2016 Chevrolet ImpalaRoomy cabin and trunk, technologically sophisticated, contemporary looks, multiple drivetrain choices.
Sedan2016 Hyundai SonataValue pricing and class-leading warranty combined with solid resale value and refinement all can take on class leaders.
2-Row Crossover/SUV2016 Honda HR-VAll-new nameplate in hot segment, surprisingly roomy second row, great for a small family in the city.
2-Row Crossover/SUV2016 Honda CR-VVersatile, enjoyable and practical, makes excellent use of space, one of the roomiest small SUVs available, enviable
resale value.
2-Row Crossover/SUV2016 Subaru OutbackOutstanding room for both passengers and cargo, benefits of both wagon and SUV, excellent AWD and capable
off-roading abilities provide peace of mind.
Minivan2016 Kia SedonaStyle and function, modern interior, impressive available safety features at affordable price, less bulky feel
compared to other minivans.
Minivan2016 Honda OdysseyUnparalleled combination of flexibility, seating, on-road dynamics and features, Wide Mode easily fits three car seats
across second row.
Minivan2016 Toyota SiennaVersatile, flexible, capable, only minivan to offer optional AWD, high resale value and IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for minivans.
3-Row Crossover/SUV2016 Nissan PathfinderAvailable around-view monitor, no child seat hassle with EZ Flex & Glide system, pitch-perfect on the road.
3-Row Crossover/SUV2016 Toyota HighlanderSolid combination of comfort, quality, space and convenience features, unsurpassed level of powertrain choice.
3-Row Crossover/SUV2016 Honda PilotTotally redesigned, "the family-friendliest midsize SUV in existence," sophisticated suite of available driving technologies,
all-star accommodations.
3-Row Crossover/SUV2016 Chevrolet TahoeTruck-based SUV offers towing and off-roading capabilities, recent redesign, various connectivity features,
carries up to nine people and gear.

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