U.S. News Announces the 2013 Best Cars for Families

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13 brands win awards across 19 categories; General Motors has the most winners

WASHINGTON--March 12, 2013:  U.S. News & World Report today announced the 2013 Best Cars for Families award winners, featured at www.usnews.com/cars-families. Covering 19 categories, the awards highlight the vehicles that provide the best combination of quality, features and space that today's families need.

The awards, and the U.S. News Best Cars website, are published by U.S. News & World Report, which has a long history of helping Americans make the best choices when it comes to higher education, healthcare, and other important consumer decisions. More than 27 million people researched vehicles on the website in 2012.

"We created the Best Cars for Families awards to make it easier for parents to find cars, SUVs and vans that will help make their lives easier," said Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor of U.S. News Best Cars. "With such a broad range of award winners, any family can find the best car for their lifestyle."




Compact Cars

2013 Chevrolet Cruze

Upscale Small Cars

2013 Buick Verano


2013 Toyota Prius

Midsize Cars

2013 Ford Fusion

Upscale Midsize Cars

2013 Acura TL

Full-Size Cars

2013 Buick LaCrosse

Luxury Full-Size Cars

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Hybrid Cars

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid


2013 Subaru Outback

Compact SUVs

2013 Honda CR-V

Luxury Compact SUVs

2013 Audi Q5

2-Row Midsize SUVs

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

3-Row Midsize SUVs

2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUVs

2013 Lexus RX 350

Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUVs

2013 Lincoln MKT

Full-Size SUVs

2013 Chevrolet Suburban

Luxury Full Size-SUVs

2013 Cadillac Escalade

Hybrid SUVs

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid


2013 Honda Odyssey


The Best Cars for Families awards combine quality, size and family-friendly features into a composite score. Within each of the 19 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for Families in that category. Quality is measured using a weighted average of scores from the U.S. News rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of automotive critics' opinions. Size is based on a vehicle's seating capacity and interior space. For family-friendly features, we factor in the availability of features deemed to be helpful to families by U.S. News editors.


  • General Motors took home the most awards with six of its models across three of its brands as winners: Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Traverse, Chevrolet Cruze, Buick Verano, Buick Lacrosse and Cadillac Escalade.
  • The award winners are mixed between foreign and domestic automakers. Import brands took home nine awards while domestic brands took home ten.
  • This year is the first year that Chevrolet, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lincoln have won Best Car for Families Awards.  
  • The Honda CR-V, Honda Odyssey, Lexus RX-350 and Toyota Highlander Hybrid have won Best Car for Families awards for three years running.


Since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars , the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report, has published rankings of the majority of new vehicles sold in America. Each year, U.S. News publishes the Best Cars awards, including Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families.

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