New report: The best family cars for 2019

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Best family cars for 2019
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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

You can see the full list of U.S. News & World Report’s picks for family cars — as well as past model year winners — here.

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.

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“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.

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