Kelley Blue Book names their Best Family Cars of 2017…
There’s some names and faces familiar to Australian motorists in this year’s Kelley Blue Book Best Family Cars list.
The U.S. consumer publication has named four vehicles in each of three categories – Two-Row SUVs, Three-Row SUVs and Minivans.
Kelley Blue Book (KBB) saying the Best Family Cars of 2017 list was compiled after extensive testing and evaluation.
They say their judges had a particular focus on safety, value, driving manners, comfort and convenience, cargo versatility and technology.
While for potential buyers with young families the vehicles were also assessed on their ability to accommodate various rear-facing and forward-facing child safety car seats.
The KBB 2017 Best Family Cars were:
Two-Row SUVS –
- 2017 Honda CR-V (new model not yet available in Australia)
- 2017 Subaru Outback
- 2017 Kia Sportage
- 2017 Honda HR-V
Three-Row SUVs –
- 2017 Toyota Highlander (Kluger in Australia)
- 2017 Honda Pilot (not available here)
- 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
- 2017 Chevy Tahoe (not available here)
- 2017 Toyota Sienna (not available here)
- 2017 Honda Odyssey
- 2017 Chrysler Pacifica (not available here)
- 2017 Kia Sedona (Carnival in Australia)
KBB’s Jack R. Nerad says sales trends show that the family car today is not a sedan.
“Its clear families have moved on from the family sedan,”
“As SUVs have grown more comfortable and fuel efficient over the years, car shoppers have demonstrated an increasing preference for the elevated driving position, superior cargo versatility and higher profile of SUVs, which make them more functional as family cars than traditional sedans.”