Parents Magazine & Edmunds Pick Best Family Cars

If you’re looking for a new family car, here’s a great list that will come in handy when it comes time to do your car shopping. It’s the 10 Best Family Cars of 2018, put together by Parents magazine and Edmunds.

Experts evaluated 300 different makes and models to whittle down the list to just 10, no easy task to be sure. They based their decision on which vehicles offer the best value, safety features, driving performance, and family-friendly elements on the road.

  • Safety: All of the winners received a five out of five safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Edmunds Evaluation: Contenders also needed to receive an overall rating of at least a four out of five from Edmunds based on its evaluation of the vehicle’s driving, comfort, interior, utility, and technology.
  • Parents Magazine Evaluation: Parents magazine installed car seats in 20 semi-finalists, measured legroom, and counted the number of cup holders and USB ports.

This year, Parents and Edmunds experts say the winning models impressed them with substantial car seat capacity offerings, roomier cabins and cargo space along with advanced safety features like blind spot, speed, and lane-departure warnings.

Here are the 10 Best Family Cars of 2018 (with starting prices):


Volkswagen Atlas ($30,750)

Volkswagen Atlas
Credit: Volkswagen

Enjoy 17 cup holders and the Atlas’s Car-Net app to check if your doors are locked and even see where your car is parked. The Atlas also boasts capacity for five car seats. Click Here for Car Pro Review

Chevrolet Traverse ($33,595)

Chevrolet Traverse
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This SUV offers enough cargo space for bulky sports equipment or musical instruments, plus six USB charging stations to stay connected. All models have added tether anchors in the third row to make car seat set-up simple. Click Here for Car Pro Review


Ford Edge ($29,315)

Ford Edge
Credit: Ford

Offering 24 MPG and enough room to fit three car seats in the back row, this vehicle also comes equipped with expansive cargo space.

Acura RDX ($36,000)

Acura RDX
Credit: Acura

Enjoy the breeze from the large sunroof in the summer and stay warm with heated front seats in the winter– both features come standard. The Acura RDX also boasts a powerful V-6 engine, one of a few of its kind for two-row SUVs.


Honda Odyssey ($30,090)

Honda Odyssey
Credit: Honda

With adjustable second row seats thanks to the “Magic Slide” system, this newly made-over minivan caters to different seating needs. The Elite models also offer a screen with a view of the back rows. Click Here for Review


Kia Soul ($16,200)

Kia Soul
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The lowest-cost vehicle on our list offers impressive interior space and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating. Travel-seeking families will relish in the 27 MPG capability.

Subaru Outback ($25,895)

Subaru Outback
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Pack all of your large gear like bikes and kayaks with the Outback’s roof rails and integrated crossbars while listening to tunes through the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.


Toyota Prius ($23,475)

Toyota Prius
Credit: Toyota

Stay at 100 percent all through your road trips with the wireless charging capabilities of the Prius and enjoy 52 MPG with the gas engine and self-charging electric motor.


Honda Accord ($23,570)

Honda Accord
Credit: Honda

The new Accord is roomier and packed with even more advanced safety features. To help monitor speeds, the dashboard will also display the current speed limit in this car fit for five. Click Here for Review

Chevrolet Malibu ($22,555)

Chevrolet Malibu
Credit: Chevrolet

Tech lovers will favor the Bose nine-speaker sound system on some models. Teen Driver Technology allows you to register your teen’s key which can disable audio features until the front seats are buckled in place.

Credit: Chevrolet
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