With a family of 5 I’m constantly looking for the perfect family car. We have a big bulky SUV and a car that’s decent in the snow, but with a new teen driver in the house, I need something not so big and that has a ton of safety features. Before purchasing my son’s car we used the Kelley Blue Book website to do a ton of research and ended up with a car that was safe, but affordable for him.
After extensive research, testing and evaluation, Kelley Blue Book has announced their list of the 12 Best Family Cars of 2017, and I’m shocked to see that not one sedan made this list this year. Families have clearly embraced the SUV and minivan life. The starting prices for the vehicles start around the $20,000 – $30,000 range, with only one SUV exceeding a starting price of $40,000.
These 12 vehicles passed the rigorous testing with a focus on safety, value, reputation and fit for a variety of child safety seats and many other factors. The editors recommended their best choices in this diverse group of vehicles that meet the growing needs of today’s busy families. KBB.com’s editorial staff is very familiar with a variety of family dynamics, mostly because they have such diverse families themselves with kids in a range of ages from toddler through college. The editors enlisted their own families to help with the real-world testing of this year’s contenders.
Child safety seats are a very important factor in any family vehicle, so they were given great consideration in the list of winners. KBB.com has a great accompanying car seat guide with useful tips and details to help the readers not only make the safest choice of vehicle, but also make sure a variety of child safety seats will fit and work with that vehicle as well.
Kelley Blue Book has been a leader in the automotive industry and a trusted source of information for both consumers and those who work in the automotive industry for 90 years. The editorial team drives and tests hundreds of cars, SUVs, trucks, and minivans every year to help consumers decide which is the best fit for their family and lifestyle.