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Want a Family Friendly Car? We’ve got Your 2016 List

Every year, new awards and recommendations are given to vehicles in a fleet of automotive categories based on safety ratings, reliability, features, performance reviews, seating and cargo space.  The ever changing needs and types of families are as vast as there are families to fill the cars.  With the limitless assortment of vehicles on the market, there are, however, a number that have proven to take on this challenge with achievement.  Listed here is an attention-grabbing selection that have proven their worth in the world of family friendly cars for 2016.

Straight up car lovers

From compact to upscale mid-size, you can certainly find several sedans for a budget-friendly price and not skimp on space either.

In the compact category, not only has the Honda Civic been around for a long time, it also holds steady as one of best buys out there.  Up for redesign this year, it’s a sweet, little ride with high quality standard as well as excellent safety features.

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A close relative to the Civic but larger with a higher quality interior, the Honda Accord, stands strong with its overall power in the midsize category.  Comparable sedans are the Chevrolet Malibu with highly rated reliability and comfortable seating, while the Kia Optima presents itself as a fabulous buy for features and style.

If you’re going fully upscale in a midsize, check out the Mercedes-Benz E-Class where you’ll find a plush ride among this 4-option model series including sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon.

Criss-cross crossover

They’re all the rage these days and for good reason.  Easy to manoeuvre with space for hauling, these compact SUVs/Crossovers have a lot to offer.  Topping the list is the Honda CR-V, getting praised for performance, functionality and high resale value.  Hanging out among the top raters also include the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Murano and Mazda CX-5.

Substantial SUV stock

Another Honda shows up on the scene as the midsized Pilot shows off an array of driving features and 3rd row spacious seating.  When it comes to 3rd row seating, the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander are other head-turners that have been given accolades in 2016.

If you’re looking toward a luxury SUV, the Volvo XC90 is worth a glance with its elegant yet supportive seats giving it a high rating among critics.  In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety bestowed it as a Top Safety Pick Plus.

How about a hatchback?

Don’t need the size of an SUV, but still haul your fair share of goods?  The Subaru Outback might just be your ticket to ride.  It gets kudos as a sturdy performer as well as for its standard all-wheel drive feature.

It may take a second look for you to consider, but the Kia Soul could be well worth it.  Favoured for being very budget friendly, you’ll find loads of passenger space and top notch safety ratings.

Count in the minivans

Both the Toyota Sienna and Honda Sienna perform as definite winners in their category for high crash test ratings, comfortable rides along with roomy passenger and cargo space.

While there may be no arguing with safety and reliability ratings, there are plenty of other key aspects that help a buyer make a selection.  Comparing ratings and reviews is a beneficial research tool, but there’s still nothing like determining a budget and taking plenty of test drives in order to make the best choice for your own family.

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