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Best Vehicles for Large Families

It's August and that means school time is right around the corner. As you get ready to transport your family back and forth to school, sports practice, dance class, band practice, and whatever other activities kids do nowadays, you may be realizing you suddenly need a larger vehicle to get everyone – and their gear – where they need to go.

If you're in the market for such a vehicle, you'll want to check out Consumer Reports' latest list of the seven best minivans and SUVs for hauling the family around. Vehicles on the list include the Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, and Dodge Durango. See below for the full list.

And if you're considering any of these family-sized vehicles, I highly recommend using TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to see the lowest prices in your area.

Best SUV/Minivan by Category

CategoryVehicleBase MSRP Price Range
Have Board, Will TravelDodge Durango$30,495-$43,595
The Mother of All MinivansHonda Odyssey$28,975-$44,600
New Kid On the BlockHonda Pilot$29,995-$46,420
Weekend WarriorHyundai Santa Fe & Santa Fe Sport$30,150-$36,000; $24,950-$33,000
Super SUVKia Sorento$24,900-$43,100
Best All-AroundToyota Highlander$29,765-$50,340
Van-tastic!Toyota Sienna$28,700-$46,250

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Gregg Fidan 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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