best cars for familiesAs 2014 winds down and we have 2015 to look forward to, now is a great time to start doing your research if you are in the market for a new vehicle. As the 2015 models begin to make their way onto the market; the 2014 models will be selling for quite a bit less than a brand new vehicle and are still very up-to-date. Once a new vehicle leaves the showroom floor it immediately depreciates by almost 10% and after just one year it depreciates by almost 20%.

Whether you are a family of 3 or a family of 10, live in the city or the suburbs; there is a vehicle out there to suit all of your needs. U.S. News & World Report has a list of the best cars for families for 2014. “The award methodology combines professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume and the availability of family-friendly features. Within each of the 19 automotive categories, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category” (source: U.S. News & World Report).

The Report’s best cars for families includes (in order from winner to finalists in each category):

CARS

Compact Cars
1. Mazda Mazda3
2. Chevrolet Cruze
3. Kia Soul

Upscale Small Cars
1. Buick Varano
2. Acura TSX
3. Volkswagen GTI

Hatchbacks
1. Mazda Mazda3
2. Kia Soul
3. Toyota Prius

Midsize Cars
1. Mazda Mazda6
2. Ford Fusion Hybrid
3. Toyota Camry

Upscale Midsize Cars
1. Cadillac ATS
2. BMW 3-Series
3. Buick Regal

Large Cars
1. Chevrolet Impala
2. Buick LaCrosse
3. Toyota Avalon

Luxury Large Cars
1. Cadillac CTS
2. Lexus GS
3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Hybrid Cars
1. Ford Fusion Hybrid
2. Ford C-Max Hybrid
3. Toyota Camry Hybrid

Wagons
1. Subaru Outback
2. Ford C-Max Hybrid
3. Toyota Prius V

SUVs and Minivans

Compact SUVs
1. Mazda CX-5
2. Honda CR-V
3. Nissan Rogue

Luxury Compact SUVs
1. Audi Q5
2. Acura RDX
3. BMW X3

2-Row Midsize SUVs
1. Jeep Grand Cherokee
2. Ford Edge
3. Toyota Venza

3-Row Midsize SUVs
1. Buick Enclave
2. Chevrolet Traverse
3. Dodge Durango

Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUVs
1. Lexus RX 350
2. BMW X5
3. Lexus RX Hybrid

Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUVs
1. Acura MDX
2. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
3. Lincoln MKT

Large SUVs
1. Chevrolet Tahoe
2. Chevrolet Suburban
3. GMC Yukon

Luxury Large SUVs
1. Toyota Land Cruiser
2. Cadillac Escalade
3. Lexus LX

Hybrid SUVs
1. Lexus RX Hybrid
2. Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
3. Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Minivans
1. Honda Odyssey
2. Chrysler Town & Country
3. Toyota Sienna

We hope that this list of best cars for families may help you to narrow down your choices and feel a bit less overwhelmed. There is a vehicle out there for every need and budget. Good luck!