TECHNOLOGICAL breakthroughs have rapidly changed the way people live worldwide, and it goes the same way with family vehicles.
“The family car sure isn’t what it used to be,” observes Kelley Blue Book, a California-based vehicle valuation and automotive research company. “But then, the family sure isn’t what it used to be either.”
These days, families come in all shapes, sizes, and compositions. So do family cars.
To help families choose from an unprecedentedly wide array of choices, the Kelley Blue Book has come up with a roster of the Best Family Cars of 2016. The motoring publishing firm chose from among 250 models through what it describes as an exhaustive but satisfying process.
“Safety, comfort, convenience, and financial well-being are all wrapped up in that choice, since a family car, in many ways, is a rolling version of your house—and these days, some family vehicles can cost as much as a house,” the firm says.
In the end, 16 vehicles—six sedans, three minivans, and seven crossover/SUVs (sport utility vehicles)—made it to the winning list.
For the sedan category, which is somehow nearest in style to the traditional family car, picked as the best were the 2016 models of Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Chevy Malibu, Chevy Impala, and Hyundai Sonata.
For the minivans, the chosen ones were: Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna, which is the only minivan with an all-wheel drive.
For two-row SUVs, the Kelley Blue Book picked: Honda HR-V, Honda CR-V, and Subaru Outback, which the motoring publication says is the best blend of a car and an SUV.
For the three-row SUVs, the chosen ones were: Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander (which stands out in practicality), Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Tahoe.