The Best Family Cars of 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.
|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|
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- Gregg Fidan
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