A new vehicle is only a good purchase if it suits your needs. If you have a family, sleekness and horsepower may come second to things like cargo space and overall utility.
Even with the latest technology — teen driver controls, surround-view cameras and more — if there’s not enough room for the kids, baby seats, maybe even the dog, the car may not pass muster.
Here are the best family cars for 2019
U.S. News & World Report’s newly released 2019 Best Cars for Families offers a list that gives car shoppers a little bit of everything: family vehicles with a lot of room as well as some that have some vroom.
To come up with the list, U.S News evaluated 128 models in 11 categories and used a handful of key criteria, including automotive features, reviews, safety ratings and reliability ratings.
Here are some of their top picks:
|Category||Make & Model||Other Finalists|
|Best Minivan||Honda Odyssey||Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid|
|Best Large Car||Toyota Avalon||Kia Cadenza, Toyota Avalon Hybrid|
|Best Luxury Midsize Car||BMW 5-Series||Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class|
|Best Midsize Car||Honda Accord||Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid|
|Best Luxury Compact SUV||Acura RDX||BMW X3, Audi Q5|
|Best Large SUV||Ford Expedition||Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban|
|Best Compact SUV||Subaru Forester||Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid|
Clark Howard: Here’s when you should go car shopping
Money expert Clark Howard has bought a family car or two (or three) and he says it’s important that you shop for a vehicle pressure-free. His advice is to check out the dealership after-hours.
“Look at cars when a dealership is closed, so there’s no salesperson to pressure you,” he says. “The best way to test-drive a car is to rent it for a day or two. It’s the ultimate test drive.”
Read more of Clark’s car-buying tips here.