Edmunds.com partnered with Parents magazine to pick the 15 vehicles best suited for family duty. Models in the family segment often tackle a wide range of responsibilities, from hauling small kids to toting gear. The picks on this list get the job done, whether you're looking for a sedan, a budget-priced model, a crossover, a fuel sipper or a minivan.
To compile the list, experts from both organizations evaluated hundreds of vehicles, placing primary focus on safety and reliability; each model's performance, interior, exterior, and availability of family-friendly features were also taken into consideration. Additionally, we consulted actual parents who own and drive these vehicles each day.
From best-in-class fuel efficiency to effortless handling to family-friendly features, each of these vehicles has something to offer the family-focused car shopper.
VW Golf TDI
Ford Fusion Hybrid
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