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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.

As always, if you're shopping for a new car right now, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect 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

3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

The key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:

Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted Network

Select the vehicle you're interested in to see if there are local dealers in my network who will provide you with their best upfront price. You will get direct access to an internet sales manager who you can further negotiate with online (no need to visit dealership).
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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

TrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.

Step 3 Complete my Checklist

Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan

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About The Author

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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