The 10 best family cars for 2017

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Mercedes-Benz

Buying a new car for the family is a complex and potentially very expensive process. This week, to make things a little easier, the editors at Parents magazine and the automotive information website Edmunds.com have narrowed the field down to the 10 best family cars of 2017.

The 10 vehicles represent nine segments of the auto market- ranging from electric vehicles to midsize crossovers. Edmunds and Parents selected the vehicles from a pool of several hundred models based on a combination of value, performance, safety, and family-friendly features.

The two publications said their staff members were impressed by the 10 winners’ generous helping of available cargo space, safety equipment, infotainment options, and high degree of in-car connectivity.

Here’s a closer look at the 10 best family cars for 2017, according to Parents and Edmunds.


Best Eco-Friendly Car: Chevrolet Bolt.

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Hollis Johnson

Best Budget Vehicle: Kia Soul

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Kia

Best Hathcback: Subaru Crosstrek

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Subaru

Best Small Sedan: Honda Civic

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Honda

Best Sedan: Hyundai Sonata

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Hyundai

Best Midsize Crossovers (Tie): Mazda CX-5

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Mazda

Best Midsize Crossover (Tie): Honda CR-V

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Honda

Best Wagon: Subaru Outback

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Subaru

Best Minivan: Chrysler Pacifica

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Chrysler

Best SUV: Toyota Highlander

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Toyota

There were also five vehicles that missed out on of the top 10, but earned honorable mention honors. They include the Nissan Rogue,…

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Nissan

… Mazda 3, …

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Mazda

… Mercedes-Benz GLC300, …

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Mercedes-Benz

… Hyundai Santa Fe, and…

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Hyundai

… Honda Odyssey.

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Honda