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2014 Best Cars for Families

Parents have enough tough decisions to make. Finding the right car shouldn't be one of them. The 2014 Best Cars for Families awards highlight the cars, vans and SUVs that have the space, safety and reliability families need, as well as the comfort, performance and features they want.

The Winners: Cars

The Winners: SUVs and Minivans

The winners of the 2014 Best Cars for Families awards prove that family cars don't need to be dowdy or boring. The 2014 Mazda6, the Best Midsize Car for Families, and the 2014 Mazda3, the Best Compact Car for Families, both have performance that car reviewers love. That performance comes in addition to available high-tech safety features, like forward collision warning and lane departure warning, as well as spacious cabins that most car critics agree feel upscale.

The Honda Odyssey, which is the Best Minivan for Families for the fourth consecutive year, stands out in a class where every model is family-friendly. Though almost all minivans offer the space and safety features families are looking for, the Odyssey sets itself apart by offering features that go the extra mile, like a widescreen rear entertainment system and a built-in vacuum.

The awards also recognize luxury cars that work for families. The Acura MDX, the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families, has seating for up to seven and an engine that reviewers say delivers ample power, plus an upscale and modern interior. For luxury-minded families who don't want an SUV, the Best Luxury Large Car for Families is the Cadillac CTS. Reviewers say it provides plenty of driving excitement for mom or dad, as well as plenty of entertainment options for the kids.

The award methodology combines professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume and the availability of family-friendly features. Within each of the 19 automotive categories, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category.

See photos of the 2014 Best Cars for Families and also check out the U.S. News Best Car Rankings for a complete list of the best cars on the market. When you're ready to buy, don't overpay; you can get a great deal with guaranteed savings off MSRP using the U.S. News Best Price Program.

See winners from previous years: 2011 | 2012 | 2013