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The Best Family Cars of 2016

October 6, 2016

This week, Consumer Reports released a list of top vehicles they recommend for families, ranging from those with young kids to teenagers, and even grandparents.

They filtered vehicles based on factors such as ease of child-seat installation, short-person access, and the ability to see out the rear windows for school-age kids. And of course all of these vehicles performed well on CR tests, have good safety ratings, and have average or better reliability.

As always, if you're shopping for a new car right now, I recommend you use TrueCar and Edmunds Price Promise to quickly see the best deals being offered in your area.

Families With Young Children
Audi Q7$54,800 - $64,300
Hyundai Azera$34,100 - $39,300
Subaru Impreza hatchback$18,295 - $23,595
Dodge Durango$30,495 - $44,595
Families with School-Age Kids
Kia sorento$25,100 - $43,300
Toyota Highlander$30,490 - $50,485
Honda Accord$22,205 - $34,680
Lexus ES$38,100 - $41,020
Families with Teenagers
Subaru Outback$24,995 - $33,395
Toyota Avalon$32,650 - $41,950
Buick Enclave$39,065 - $49,515
Ford Flex$29,600 - $42,600
Families with Grandparents
Acura MDX$43,015 - $57,230
Toyota RAV4$24,350 - $33,610
Toyota Prius V$26,675 - $30,935
Kia Soul$15,900 - $35,950
Families With a bit of Everything
Lexus LS 460$72,520 - $82,305
Subaru Forester$22,395 - $33,795
Lexus RX$41,900 - $57,045
Toyota Sienna$28,850 - $46,410

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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