2013 Chevrolet Cruze
  • 2013 Chevrolet Cruze
  • Best Compact Car for Families - 2013 Chevy Cruze

  • 2013 Buick Verano
  • Best Upscale Small Car for Families - 2013 Buick Verano

  • 2013 Toyota Prius
  • Best Hatchback for Families - 2013 Toyota Prius

  • 2013 Ford Fusion
  • Best Midsize Car for Families - 2013 Ford Fusion

  • 2013 Buick LaCrosse
  • Best Full-Size Car for Families - 2013 Buick LaCrosse

  • 2013 Honda Odyssey
  • Best Minivan for Families - 2013 Honda Odyssey

  • 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Best Hybrid SUV for Families - 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

  • 2013 Cadillac Escalade
  • Best Luxury Full-Size SUV for Families - 2013 Cadillac Escalade

  • 2013 Chevrolet Suburban
  • Best Full-Size SUV for Families - 2013 Chevrolet Suburban

  • 2013 Lincoln MKT
  • Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families - 2013 Lincoln MKT

  • 2013 Lexus RX350
  • Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV for Families - 2013 Lexus RX350

  • 2013 Chevrolet Traverse
  • Best 3-Row Midsize SUV for Families - 2013 Chevy Traverse

  • 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for Families - 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • 2013 Audi Q5
  • Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families - 2013 Audi Q5

  • 2013 Honda CR-V
  • Best Compact SUV for Families - 2013 Honda CR-V

  • 2013 Subaru Outback
  • Best Wagon for Families - 2013 Subaru Outback

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Best Hybrid Car for Families - 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Best Luxury Full-Size Car for Families - 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • 2013 Acura TL
  • Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families - 2013 Acura TL

Enthusiasts are all talk. The best-selling cars are rarely the ones that set our hearts aflutter, and that's because while we're ogling glossy pictures of lust-worthy automobiles, Mr. and Mrs. Average American Family are ponying up the money to actually park a new rig in the driveway. For these family-focused buyers, the wants and needs are different than the set of requirements you start listing when you want to go weekend autocrossing.

With that in mind, U.S. News and World Report has set about naming the best family vehicle across 19 categories for 2013. "With such a broad range of award winners," says Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor of U.S. News Best Cars, "any family can find the best car for their lifestyle."

The rankings result in a strong showing for General Motors, and the winners are nearly split right down the middle between foreign and domestic nameplates. Even given the workaday mission of family vehicles, there are still some winners we'd gladly pilot as the kids trash the interior. Check out our gallery of winners, and keep reading to see the press release.
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U.S. News Announces the 2013 Best Cars for Families

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

Washington, D.C. – 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."


Category Winning Vehicle
Compact Cars 2013 Chevrolet Cruze
Upscale Small Cars 2013 Buick Verano
Hatchbacks 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
Wagons 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 RX350
Luxury 3-Row SUVs 2013 Lincoln MKT
Full-Size SUVs 2013 Chevrolet Suburban
Luxury Full-Size SUVs 2013 Cadillac Escalade
Hybrid SUVs 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Minivans 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.

U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the
digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com.
Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report's signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its "Best" series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, cars, mutual funds, health plans and more.

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      Like it or not but all the cool cars like the CTSV and the Z/28 are not the ones going to get GM back in the lead. Any car company at the top was built on the backs of plain old family cars. The Cruze and Verano are the ones that will pay the bills and make the profits to let GM make the fun cars.
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      Woah! Did we just see a mainstream, non-enthusiast publication list wagons as a category separate from SUVs?
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        They did, but it's a shame they got the category winner wrong.
          • 2 Years Ago
          I agree, maybe it's different in other places than AZ, but I see a lot more Jetta wagons than Outbacks.
      • 2 Years Ago
      \"The rankings compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of automotive critics\' opinions\". So it is not impartial - it is seen through the eye eyes of North American Auto journalists. Some of the results seem a bit puzzling - Toyota Prius is the best hatchback?
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        Couldn't be happier with my Government Motors car. I bought a 2011 Cruze that had 17,500 miles on the clock. It's now just shy of 30,000 and has been my favorite car I've owned yet.
        The Ed
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        Get over yourself and your anti-American manufacturer bias.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not surprised by the Cruze making the list. We bought one in September and love it. It is really a smooth driving car to be a compact and It looks more upscale than any car in its class.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes, I wish GM would not make the Turbo Verano, and make a Cruze Sport model with the 2.0 with a stick, and necessary modifications to the chassis and drive train. I would buy that, wonderful car! But I think I am going to look at the Focus ST.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did the Cadillac Escalade win for the sheer bodies that would fit in the trunk? Lame list except for the E class and Q5.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is really not to hard to believe, GM sells more cars every month in the US than anyone else since forever, so it should be obvious to anyone that GM must make more cars that people actually buy....
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      ....and now a strong showing from the trolls.
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is the Suburban/Escalade the best of... anything?
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      Since when did the Mercedes E class become a "luxury car"? If there was a category for cheap German trash, this car would fit right in. I wonder how many advertising dollars Mercedes promised them to get this.
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        If mercedes isn't luxury, please, enlighten us; what is?
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          Anything more luxurious than a Camry.
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        I'm not sure I understand why the E class an Q5 are "trash." Q5's interior is unmatched in its class (and I'm not an Audi fan per se) and the E class does quite well. Not necessarily my cup of tea but far from being "trash."
        • 2 Years Ago
        Then what would you classify as a "luxury car"?
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        Ditto for Audi Q5
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      LOL Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes E-class. Real family cars there, huh?
      • 2 Years Ago
      66k miles on my 2011 Cruze Eco and we love it. Great gas mileage, very reliable and cost less than our subaru to maintain. I understand why they put it on the list.
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