Kelley Blue Book has named its picks for Best Family Cars of 2018.
“The biggest news this year might be the mass proliferation of safety, assist and entertainment technologies across these mainstream people-movers,” said Jason Allan, managing editor for Kelley Blue Book.
“Features like push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity and blind spot warning have been widely available for several years now, but they’re still new to the millions of shoppers who haven’t purchased a new car in more than six years. And that’s just the tip of the tech iceberg in this year’s group,” Allan said.
The 2018 model year has been an especially exciting one from a technology perspective. Most of the SUVs and minivans on this list offer smart cruise control and automatic braking, for instance.
Built-In Vacuum Cleaners, Anyone?
A smaller number offer teen-driver monitoring, wireless phone charging and lane-keeping assist. And exactly two models, the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica minivans, offer built-in vacuum cleaners.
While many of these features are designed to deliver increased convenience or enhanced entertainment, more and more are protecting families with real-world crash avoidance and collision mitigation intervention.
Child car safety seats are a hugely important consideration for car shoppers with infants, toddlers or both. Is there enough distance between the front seat and the back seat to accommodate both the seat and the child? Can you fit all the seats you need?
Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars of 2018 Are:
Best Two-Row SUVs for Families
(Listed in alphabetical order)
Best Three-Row Mid-Size SUVs for Families
Toyota Highlander 2018
Best Three-Row Full-Size SUVs for Families
Best Minivans for Families
We’re still impressed that cars come with built-in vacuum cleaners.