13 brands win awards across 19 categories;
General Motors has the most winners
The awards highlight the vehicles that provide the best combination of quality, features and space that today’s families need.
BY GERRY MILES
In an effort to help families find real vehicles that provide value for them, US News Best Carswebsite, published by U.S. News & World Report, created its ‘Best Cars for Families’ award, listing vehicle winners in 19 categories.
More than 27 million people researched vehicles on the website in 2012.
“We created the Best Cars for Families awards to make it easier for parents to find cars, SUVs and vans that will help make their lives easier,” said Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “With such a broad range of award winners, any family can find the best car for their lifestyle.”
The Best Cars for Families awards combine quality, size and family-friendly features into a composite score.
Within each of the 19 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for Families in that category.
Quality is measured using a weighted average of scores from the U.S. News rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of automotive critics’ opinions. Size is based on a vehicle’s seating capacityand interior space. For family-friendly features, we factor in the availability of features deemed to behelpful to families by U.S. News editors.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2013 AWARDS
General Motors won the most awards with six of its models across three of its brands as winners: Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Traverse, Chevrolet Cruze, Buick Verano, Buick Lacrosse and Cadillac Escalade.
The award winners are mixed between foreign and domestic automakers. Import brands took home nine awards while domestic brands took home 10.
This year is the first year that Chevrolet, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lincoln have won Best Car for Families Awards.
Perhaps not surprising to auto aficionados, the Honda CR-V, Honda Odyssey, Lexus RX-350 and Toyota Highlander Hybrid have won Best Car awards three years in a row.
2013 BEST CARS FOR FAMILIES
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 SUV-2013 Lexus RX 350
Luxury 3-Row Midsize 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