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Top Ten Family Cars: Technology and Safety Highly Ranked

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The Top Ten Ranked Family Cars

Parents magazine and car shopping site, Edmunds.com have prepared a list of the top ten ranked family cars for the past seven years.  The list always includes a range of cars, from high-priced to lower-priced, but understands that families are typically looking for safety features and cargo room.  This year’s list didn’t disappoint on either front, with technology and safety features trumping luxury.  Although the methodology for selecting the cars to make the list is subjective, with car experts from Parents magazine and Edmunds.com examining list of everything from compact cars to SUVs, seven out of ten on the list also made the Top Safety Pick Plus list published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts rigorous vehicle crash safety testing for vehicles sold in the U.S.  The following cars are those that made the Parents magazine and Edmunds.com list.

  1. Mazda 3– ranked as the best budget car with great fuel economy, radar adaptive cruise control and Smart City brake support that automatically stops or slows the vehicle when there’s a risk of collision above 18 mph.
  2. Ford Fiesta–ranked as the second best budget car with subcompact size and easy handling.  Driver’s side airbags and an EcoBoost engine add to the safety features and fuel economy of the car.
  3. Toyota Prius–best vehicle for fuel economy and impressive interior space.
  4. Mazda 6–best Sedan, inviting rear interior, four cylinder engine that offers brisk power, and a backup camera.
  5. Honda Accord–second best Sedan with a roomy trunk, backup camera, and Honda’s new Lanewatch which allows drivers to flick a button to display an image of otherwise unseen cars, pedestrians or other objects on the right hand side of the car.
  6. Subaru Outback–ranked as the best station wagon, with the roominess of an SUV but with the handling ability of a sedan.
  7. Nissan Rogue–ranked as the best crossover with a special additional bonus, a third row of seats.  Described as dramatically quieter, smoother-riding, and fuel efficient than previous models.
  8. Honda Odyssey–best minivan with a six-speed automatic transmission, a backup camera, and a built-in vacuum to sweep up backseat messes from toddlers and children.
  9. Hyundai Santa Fe–ranked as best SUV with lots of room, easy handling, and downhill brake control.
  10. Chevrolet Traverse–second best SUV with great ability to handle despite its large size and extremely roomy interior.

You can read more about each of these vehicles on the Parenting magazine website for complete details on safety features, handling ability, fuel economy and many other features.  While Parenting magazine and Edmunds.com don’t offer the “official” lowdown on vehicle safety, they offer parents a useful review of vehicles based on the features that many concerned families are looking for in a car.