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Family-friendly: best cars for families

American families go big and rarely go home these days, no more so than their choices in what to keep in their driveway. From safety to seating, hybrid cars to SUVs, there are a lot of choices to make when it comes to picking a car that's right for your family.

Keeping everyone connected, entertained, safe, and sane is a big job for today's vehicles. We train our expert eyes to curating the best research for finding your family car.


Family Car Research Features

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Top 5 School Run Cars

Looking for a car or SUV to take your kids to school? AutoNation Drive editors have curated this list of our favorite cars for school runs.

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Family Car Test Drive Reviews

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2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited Review

Get to know the 2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited, a bold crossover with 3rd row seating and luxurious interiors to compete with the biggest names on the market.

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2020 Honda Accord 2.0T Touring Review

In a world where everyone is obsessed with crossovers and SUVs, some people still prefer a trusty sedan. Enter the 2020 Honda Accord Touring, an entry-level luxury sedan putting Honda's flagship Accord top of mind.

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2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring Review

The 2020 Honda Civic Sport Touring level about as close as you can get to a Civic Si hatchback (the Si is offered in coupe or sedan only), it delivers features not available on the sport compact.

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2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Review

A brief jaunt through the hills of Northern California led one AutoNation Drive editor to fall in love with the all-new Toyota Corolla XSE.

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2019 Toyota Camry XSE Review

To see why this car is still a top seller among cars sold in the U.S., we spent a week in two-tone 2019 Toyota Camry XSE that turned a few heads along the way.

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2019 BMW xDrive40i Review

It's been a long time coming, but BMW has finally delivered a proper full-size SUV for the American market.

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Family SUV Test Drive Reviews

Read our reviews of popular family SUVs and crossovers.


2020 Buick Enclave Avenir Review

Honoring the Buick lines of the past while pointing toward the future of luxury SUVs, Buick unveiled the 2020 Buick Enclave Avenir.

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2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review

Chevrolet released its second-generation Traverse as a 2018 model. So while it isn't all new, the General added a lot of new infotainment and safety technology to its versatile people mover.

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2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review

Nissan introduced an all-new options package for two- and four-wheel-drive Pathfinder SV and SL models. The Rock Creek Edition was an outdoors-themed nod to the Pathfinder's rugged heritage.

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2019 Subaru Forester Sport Review

For a vehicle that's only been around for a little over 20 years, the Subaru Forester remains an icon for the brand for adventure seekers and commuters alike.

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2019 Dodge Durango SRT Review

A drive in the Dodge Durango RST moved one AutoNation editor to poetics, perhaps a rarity for a muscle SUV. Read about this cool SUV on the blog.

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Family Minivan Test Drive Reviews

Read our reviews of popular family vans and minivans.


2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited Review

Chrysler continues to perfect one of its best inventions: the modern minivan. See what the hype is all about in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited.

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2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade Review

Minivans may have a "soccer mom" rap, but they remain the best best for hauling kids, and, you guessed it, their soccer gear. The all-new Sienna offers a stylish package for families.

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What's the best SUV for families?

According to the automotive press, you would do a lot worse than choosing one of the following for your family car:

Whether you need 2nd-row or 3rd-row seating, these SUVs pack a lot of features for the price. Other top contenders for families among the SUV segment include the Chevrolet Traverse, the Toyota Rav4, and the Subaru Forester.

How to pick a family-friendly car

It's more than just a matter of safety, these days. Picking a family car has, in many ways, never been easier. Modern safety technology, from lane keeping assist to keyless entry, offers parents a piece of mind so that they can focus on the road. But what's top of mind for families is technology - keeping everyone connected.

Check out our round-up of best infotainment systems to see which vehicles offer the best plug and play options for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Or, read our guide to heated and cooled seats so that you know you're tackling those early-morning school drop-offs without a shiver in sight.