Purchasing a new car is a big decision for any family. To simplify things for parents, the dedicated editors at Kelley Blue Book made an earnest effort in putting two dozen popular family cars being sold in the United States to the test. This well-respected automotive publication revealed the results of studies in the form of their latest "Best Family Cars of the Year" list.
The cars were chosen for intensive testing from the pool of more than 300 distinguished publication tests every year. The evaluations made by the editorial staff and the Kelley Blue Book data considered these cars to be the élite choice for families searching for a quality automobile.
The publication's editors searched for the following factors during their study: comfort, space, convenience, safety, and child-safety-seat fit. Overall, sixteen vehicles made the list. This included seven crossovers/SUVs, three minivans, and six sedans. Honda was the biggest winner. Six of its models made the top list, while three Chevrolet models made the list.
According to Kelley Blue Book, the runner-ups include the Ford Explorer, Ford F-150, Kia Soul, and Toyota Avalon. The group also included the Toyota Camry, Subaru Crosstrek, and Kia Soul. Let's take a close look at the Kelley's Blue Book 16 best family cars for 2016.
The Honda 2016 Civic is the first car on the list. Kelley Blue Book considers it to be the best buy of 2016. The publication praised this car for its safety features, attractive new styling, and standard equipment.
The civic was joined by its sibling, the 2016 Honda Accord. KBB pointed out that it is spacious, has an exceptional interior, and solid powertrain.
KBB.Com considers the Kia Optima to be the best mid-size car buy of 2016. The Korean sedan is stylish, has high feature content, and has a family friendly design.
The Hyundai Sonata comes with a solid warranty. It performs well on the road and it has a high resale value.
The Chevrolet 2016 Malibu Sedan offers comfort, efficiency, and a high level of safety for passengers.
Chevrolet's full-size Impala receives high marks for its contemporary styling and spacious interior. It also has an exceptional level of connectivity technology.
The Honda CR-V has become the standard for the compact-crossover segment. It continues to carry the torch for this intriguing class of vehicles. It is versatile, has great resale value, and has plenty of space for the family.
The CR-V is accompanied by its little brother, the subcompact 2016 HR-V crossover. According to KBB, the smaller Honda showcases a roomy second-row seat. It also performs well as a city vehicle.
The 2016 Honda Pilot has three comfortable rows of seats. The KBB praises the pilot for its excellent driving features and quality accommodations.
The 2016 Toyota Highlander is another family vehicle that has three rows of comfortable seating. The Highlander made the list for its level of powertrain choice, convenient features, and comfort.
The Nissan Pathfinder received praise for its superior driving dynamics and surround-view camera. Its unique EZ Flex and Glide child-seat system also received high praise from editors.
The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe is the only truck-based sports utility vehicle on the list. This big truck has room for nine passengers. It received praise from KBB's staff for its tough off-road and towing capabilities. The publication also admired with the GM SUV's standard 4G LTE connectivity.
The 2016 Subaru Outback is not an outback or SUV, but it succeeds in offering cargo and passenger hauling capabilities found in a crossover sports utility. It also has an impressive AWD system.
The mini-van market has lost steam, but it still offers formidable advantages. The 2016 Honda Odyssey made the list because of its seating, flexibility, and on-road dynamics.
The 2016 Toyota Sienna made the list due to its high resale value, impressive IIHS crash test performance, and versatility. It is also the only mini-van in the United States with AWD.
The Kia Sedona is not as popular as its Japanese rivals, but its modern interior, functionality, and style cannot be ignored. The affordable Kia Sedona has many solid safety features that can impress anyone.