When choosing a family car you will often consider features that one wouldn’t necessarily prioritise when purchasing a vehicle otherwise.
Instead of more speed and aesthetic beauty for instance, the requirements most will seek will include space, reliability and better safety, the latter in particular is also likely to lower car insurance premiums.
Choosing the right car
However, as the family car market thrives, with more and more car manufacturers now offering family car options, choosing the right car has become even harder.
With that in mind the U.S. News and World Report, with its reputation for helping Americans make the best choices in terms of consumer products, education and healthcare, has named its own Best Family Vehicles for 2013.
The awards, across 19 different categories, aim to help families find the best car to suit their lifestyle, with the final choices based on research gathered from more than 27 million people on the website in 2012, combining quality, size and family-friendly features into an overall score.
Quality was measured using a weighted average of scores gathered from the U.S News Ranking which marked vehicles for their safety, reliability and critical reception. Size was based on seating capacity and interior space, whilst family friendly features considered features deemed helpful to families by editors of U.S. News.
Winners and losers
The awards winners were a good mix of both foreign and American automakers, with import brands taking home nine awards and U.S. based manufacturers enjoying success in ten categories.
2013 proved a particularly successful year for General Motors, taking home the most awards of any manufacturer with six models across three of its brands winning their respective categories – the Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Lacrosse, Buick Verano and Cadillac Escalade.
Success for Honda continued with the Honda CR-V and Honda Odyssey winning their specific categories for a third year running. The Lexus RX-350 and Toyota Highlander also mirrored this accomplishment.
It was also the first year that Chevrolet, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lincoln have won Best Car for Families Awards.
The list in full:
Compact Cars: 2013 Chevrolet Cruze
Upscale Small Cars: 2013 Buick Verano
Hatchbacks: 2013 Toyota Prius
Midsize Cars: 2013 Ford Fusion
Upscale Midsize Cars: 2013 Acura TL
Full-Size Cars: 2013 Buick LaCrosse
Luxury Full-Size Cars: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Hybrid Cars: 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Wagons: 2013 Subaru Outback
Compact SUVs: 2013 Honda CR-V
Luxury Compact SUVs: 2013 Audi Q5
2-Row Midsize SUVs: 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
3-Row Midsize SUVs: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse
Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUVs: 2013 Lexus RX350
Luxury 3-Row SUVs: 2013 Lincoln MKT
Full-Size SUVs: 2013 Chevrolet Suburban
Luxury Full-Size SUVs: 2013 Cadillac Escalade
Hybrid SUVs: 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Minivans: 2013 Honda Odyssey
What is your pick of Best Family Car of 2013? Are there any cars not listed here that you feel deserved an award? Or are you disappointed with any of the choices of vehicle?