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by Gregg Laskoski on Apr 3, 2014 06:00 AM
U.S. News and World Report says "Parents have enough tough decisions to make. Finding the right car shouldn't be one of them." So, they selected cars, vans and SUVs that have the space, safety and reliability families need, as well as the comfort, performance and features they want. Here are the winners:
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. [End]
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.
General Motors’ brands took home six awards in the 2014 Best Cars for Families:
?Chevrolet Impala: Best Large Car for Families
?Chevrolet Tahoe: Best Large SUV for Families
?Buick Enclave: Best 3-Row SUV for Families
?Buick Verano: Best Upscale Small Car for Families
?Cadillac CTS: Best Luxury Large Car for Families
?Cadillac ATS: Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families
GM received more awards than any other automaker, and it is the second year in a row GM has the best family vehicles in six different vehicle segments.