- Jul 31, 2013
2012 best cars for families
The 2012 U.S. News Best Cars for Families Awards highlight cars with the best combination of reliability, safety, space, family-friendly features, and positive reviews from professional automotive critics. Learn more about the 2012 Best Cars for Families Awards.
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The 2012 Honda CR-V has a comfortable passenger cabin, versatile cargo space that includes a handy cargo shelving system, and available voice control of interior features like the navigation system.
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The 2012 Ford Taurus is the Best Full-Size Car for Families. Its MyKey system allows parents to set limits on teens drivers, and its large passenger cabin means the entire family can stretch out in comfort.
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Most car reviewers say the 2012 Toyota Sequoia is as at home on the road as it is on the trail. The Sequoia has lots of the features families want, including three-zone climate control, side curtain airbags for all three rows and a rear-seat entertainment system.
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The 2012 Ford Fusion is a midsize car that's actually fun to drive. Parents will like the performance, as well as the fact that the Fusion earns excellent crash test scores. There's plenty of room in the backseat for car seats, as well as lots of legroom for older kids.
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The Buick Enclave has three rows of seats, and the third row is large enough to seat adults comfortably. The standard OnStar telematics system will automatically inform emergency workers if the Enclave is in a crash, even if the driver and all the passengers are incapacitated.
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The Ford Edge is stylish enough for Mom and Dad to take on date night, but practical enough for everyday family duties. High-tech features like Ford's SYNC system can keep parents connected while they drive carpool.
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The 2012 Subaru Impreza is proof that you don't have to buy a van or an SUV just because you have kids. With a spacious interior, good fuel economy, strong crash test ratings and standard all-wheel drive, the Impreza has everything small families need.
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The 2012 Honda Fit won both the Best Subcompact Car for Families and Best Hatchback for Families awards. With seats that are easy to fold in a number of combinations, the Fit can handle both passengers and cargo.
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Ford Fusion Hybrid
The 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid has everything families like about the gas-only Ford Fusion, plus more standard features and better fuel economy. It's the 2012 Best Hybrid Car for Families.
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Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has seating for seven and excellent fuel economy for a three-row SUV. The center seat in the second row can slide forward to keep small kids close to parents in the front row, or fold out of the way. It's the 2012 Best Hybrid SUV for families.
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The 2012 BMW X3 is the Best Upscale Compact SUV for Families. In addition to a large backseat and cargo area, it has Bluetooth Mobile Office, which can read calendar items, emails and texts, keeping the driver's eyes on the road.
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The 2012 Cadillac Escalade can seat up to eight, making it the go-to luxury SUV for large families. Available features include rear-seat entertainment, tri-zone climate control and OnStar, a service that can contact emergency services in the event of a crash.
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All minivans have family-friendly features, but the 2012 Honda Odyssey ups the ante with an available drink cooler, pop-up trash bag holder, flexible cargo space, rear-seat entertainment and excellent crash test scores.
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The 2012 Buick Regal has a quieter ride than most other upscale midsize cars, so it's easy for little kids to nap on the road. The Regal also has a two-prong outlet, so when the kids are awake they can play with their electronic toys without needing an adapter.
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Though most upscale small cars are a tight fit for families, the 2012 Acura TSX has more room. It also has excellent reliability ratings and an available rearview camera.
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The 2012 Subaru Outback has lots of space, very good crash test scores and available features that include a rearview camera and Bluetooth music streaming. The backseat is big enough for teens and adults, and parents can choose from a number of trims to suit their budget and driving style.
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The 2012 Acura MDX has three rows of seats and four sets of LATCH connectors for car seats. It's also available with navigation with voice control that also gives the driver traffic and weather alerts.
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