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Best SUVs For Families

While it could be argued that a minivan is the very best option available when it comes time to pick a vehicle to serve primarily as a family conveyance, the public has spoken, and the sport utility vehicle has emerged as the most likely vehicle to be found in the driveways of American families all across the United States.

Whether the vehicle is a truck-based SUV or a car-based crossover, the benefits of a high-seating position, a commanding view of the road and strong styling are hard to resist. Our friends from US News have published a buyer's guide that can be helpful when it comes time to choose the best SUV for your family. Whether it's a three-row that can seat six or more passengers, or something chosen to fit into a specific budget, the guide from US News Best Cars can be a useful tool in your new-car shopping research.

Follow along in our slideshow to see nine crossovers and SUVs chosen by US News as the best options in their respective segments. Some of the choices may come as a surprise.
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Best Compact SUV For Families: Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a solid choice in the compact SUV class.

Honda sold 335,000 CR-Vs in 2014, meaning the long-running compact CUV accounted for one in every four Honda-badged vehicles sold. And honestly, it's not too difficult to see why. It's efficient, comfortable, reasonably well equipped and reliable, much as it has always been.

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Best Luxury Compact SUV For Families: Volvo XC60

Those looking for a crossover with all the bells and whistles, from an automaker with an enviable record for safety, might want to cast their gaze in Volvo's direction.

The XC60 is a premium crossover from Volvo. Comfortable and practical, the XC60 may be the safest vehicle Volvo has ever built. It includes many safety features, and paired with its good looks and dynamic styling makes it immediately recognizable as a Volvo.

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Best 2-Row SUV For Families: Nissan Murano

This is an interesting choice from US News. The Nissan Murano is a crossover vehicle that integrates function and high fashion, and it's not exactly marketed toward families with children.

Still, for the small family that's looking for something stylish and high-tech, the Murano is a solid choice.

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Best Luxury 2-Row SUV For Families: Lexus RX 350

The Lexus RX was one of the first sedan-based, luxury utility vehicles, and it remains one of the most popular. The intrigue is easy to understand. Lexus is a desirable nameplate that stands for luxury and reliability, and those are the kind of attributes sure to attract families looking for something with some panache.

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Best 3-Row SUV For Families: Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander offers something many of its smaller competitors lack: a third row of seats.

That makes the Highlander an excellent choice for families with more than the average 2.5 children, or for those who pull double-duty hauling not just their own kids, but also their friends.

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Best Luxury Luxury 3-Row SUV For Families: Land Rover Range Rover Sport

We're not so sure about the idea of using the Land Rover Ranger Rover Sport for family duty, unless that family is well out of car-seat age. It's not that the SUV isn't a nice vehicle – in fact, it's one of the more luxurious and sportiest models available. We're just not convinced that it's the best choice for families with children, unless those children really like to push the limits of tire adhesion through the twisties, where this SUV was designed to excel.

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Best Large SUV For Families: Chevy Tahoe

If you're in the market for a solid SUV that can haul your family and your families stuff inside, while still having the oomph to pull a boat, snowmobile or trailer, the Chevy Tahoe may be your perfect family vehicle.

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Best Luxury Large SUV For Families: Cadillac Escalade

Just like the Chevy Tahoe with which it shares many of its underbody components, the Cadillac Escalade is fully capable of moving a large family and all their stuff for a long vacation. As an added bonus for Mom and Dad, it's decked out with all the luxury offerings modern cars can be equipped with.

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Best Hybrid SUV For Families: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid makes perfect sense for the family that leans on the greener side of the automotive equation. Not only does it offer all the roominess of the Highlander upon which it's based, it's also one of the most fuel-efficient three-row vehicles you're going to find for sale.

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