Determining the best family car depends on your family’s lifestyle. For example, if your family is the “outdoorsy” type, an SUV might be the best way to go. Urbanites might benefit from a minivan or sedan. Those in between, crossover SUVs might suit you.
The market has responded to these different circumstances with a plethora of shapes and styles to suit nearly any need. To help ease the challenge to find the best new cars tailored for families of all sizes, the editors of Kelley Blue Book, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, have named their recommended list of the 15 Best Family Cars of 2015.
“Once again, we recruited families to assist our expert editors in this laborious evaluation, putting the Best Family Car candidates to a real-life test, including vehicles in two new car categories – full-size pickup trucks and compact cars,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.
“Evaluated on comfort and driving, safety, child seats, cargo space, rear-seat entertainment, and extra features, this year’s group of winners are deemed the most worthy of family duty.”
KBB.com’s 15 Best Family Cars of 2015
(In alphabetical order)
To determine the Best Family Cars of 2015, the KBB.com expert editors began with a select group of 23 of the latest and greatest family-friendly models from a variety of manufacturers to determine which made the cut. Starting with last year’s finalists, the team culled those that were either due for imminent replacement, or those which have been clearly surpassed by newer vehicles in the segment. To that, the Kelley Blue Book experts added new vehicles that have debuted since last year, including a couple of redesigned models, then voted on candidates, narrowed the field and ultimately landed on this year’s winners.
“This approach included analyzing three minivans, four compact SUVs, four mid-size SUVs, two full-size SUVs, two full-size sedans, and three mid-size sedans. However, this year also included vehicles from other categories,” said Nerad. “First were two full-size pickup trucks, unconventional choices to be sure, but roomy, comfortable, and with seemingly endless cargo space. On the other end of the spectrum were three compact cars, often the first choice for anyone on a budget.”