12 best family cars for 2016


In the market for a family car? Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has its picks of best family vehicles.

After extensive testing, the editors at KBB picked the following 2016 rides based on their safety, comfort, convenience, spaciousness and child-safety-seat fit, among other factors.

(Full disclosure: Kelley Blue Book and Cox Media Group/Fans 1st Media are under common ownership via Cox Enterprises.)

‘In many cases, the 2017 models of these vehicles are already on dealer lots,’ Clark says. ‘So that makes this an ideal time to steal a deal on year-old inventory that’s sitting there unloved!’

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2016 Honda Civic

Overall Best Buy of 2016 is also the most affordable top family car.

MSRP: $18,640-$26,500

MPG: 31 city/42 highway

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

It’s roomier and totally redesigned, making it an ideal family sedan.


MSRP: $21,625

MPG: 37 highway

2016 Hyundai Sonata

Value is only part of the story for the refined and feature-packed Sonata.

MSRP: $21,950

MPG: 25/36

Two-row SUVs

2016 Honda HR-V

KBB calls this one the ‘roomiest, most family-friendly entry’ in the emerging subcompact SUV market.

MSRP: $19,365-$24,840

MPG: 28/34


2016 Honda CR-V

This is the best-selling SUV in the country.

MSRP: $23,845-$32,195

MPG: 26/33

2016 Subaru Outback

KBB calls it ‘an unmatched mix of car and SUV, blending the best of both.’

MSRP: starting at $25,645

MPG: 32/25

Three-row SUVs

2016 Nissan Pathfinder

KBB likes the ‘cool features’ and ‘attractive interior’ of this ride.


MSRP: $29,990

MPG: 20/27

2016 Toyota Highlander

Fits 8 passengers!

MSRP: $30,490

MPG: 20/25

2016 Honda Pilot

This is like a minivan without the minivan stigma, according to KBB.

MSRP: $30,345-$46,770

MPG: 19/27



2016 Kia Sedona

Available with three rows and sliding doors.

MSRP: $26,400

MPG: 18/25

2016 Toyota Sienna

Want all-wheel drive on your minivan? This is the only one that has it, according to KBB.

MSRP: $28,850

MPG: 19/27

2016 Honda Odyssey

Featurs a built-in vacuum to clean up those kiddie messes! 


MSRP: $29,550-$45,025

MPG: 19/28

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