The Ford Expedition, Honda CR-V, and Toyota Camry are among the winners in the 2018 Best Cars of Families awards handed out by the U.S. News and World Report.
2018 U.S. News Best Cars for Families
U.S. News sorted through 127 cars, SUVs and minivans to pick winners in 11 different categories. Vehicles with the highest score in their category won.
Factors that weighed into scoring included safety and reliability ratings, passenger and cargo space, press reviews and family-friendly features. U.S. News also considered technology like in-car WiFi, teen driver controls, automatic braking, surround-view cameras and hands-free cargo doors.
- 2-Row SUV: Ford Edge
- 3-Row SUV: Chevrolet Traverse
- Compact SUV: Honda CR-V
- Large SUV: Ford Expedition
- Luxury 2-Row SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLE
- Luxury 3-Row: BMW X5
- Luxury Compact: Audi Q5
- Minivan: Honda Odyssey
- Large: Kia Cadenza
- Luxury Midsize: Audi A6
- Midsize: Toyota Camry
Two Hit Wonders
Ford, Audi, and Honda all took home two awards each.
The three-row Ford Expedition and two-row Ford Edge won on the strength of their large, comfortable cabins. Both also offer in-car Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay – two features U.S News says go a long way toward keeping the entire family connected and entertained. (The Ford Edge also won the 2018 Best Two-Row SUV for the Money award for having the best combination of quality and value in its class. )
The Audi Q5 and Audi A6 both won in large part because their back seats are larger than the competition. U.S. News says that extra space makes it easier to install car seats, keep kids in boosters from kicking the front seats and give people plenty of space to stretch out. Both models also have plenty of safety tech, including automatic braking, surround-view cameras, and lane keeping assist.
The Honda CR-V is a winner for the fourth year in a row. It’s also the CR-V’s seventh win overall, beating the competition in both passenger and cargo space. It can also be equipped with Wi-Fi and a hands-free cargo door. Available safety features include lane keeping assist and automatic braking.
The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey won for its in-cabin video and system, vacuum, cooler and CabinTalk voice projection system that projects the driver’s voice into the third row. Both the CR-V and Odyssey won 2018 Best Cars for the Money awards for having the best combination of quality and value in their classes.
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