Family looking at new car with child seat.

Best New Cars for Families in 2015

Are you in the market for an affordable, cheap family car you can use to haul the kids around and not have to worry about it breaking down after a few years of ownership?

What should you get this time around, a sedan, SUV, minivan or crossover. Whatever you buy, you’ll want to make sure it’s safe to transport your precious cargo and be reliable and fuel efficient to protect your pocketbook.

U.S. News has released their 2015 Best Cars for Families. This report showcases the cars, minivans and SUVs that have all the main ingredients it takes to be the perfect family vehicle.

There is an award winner for nineteen different categories so there’s a vehicle to fit everyone’s needs. The winners are based on a combination of reliability, available space, safety and fuel efficiency to keep everyone happy traveling down the road.

Best Family Car Award Winners for 2015

CategoryWinnerFinalists
Compact Cars2015 Volkswagen GolfKia Soul
Mazda Mazda3
Upscale Small Cars2015 Mercedes-Benz C- ClassBMW 3-Series
Audi A4
Hatchbacks2015 Kia SoulFord C-Max Hybrid
Mazda Mazda3
Midsize Cars2015 Hyundai SonataFord Fusion Hybrid
Honda Accord Hybrid
Upscale Midsize Cars2015 Cadillac CTSHyundai Genesis
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Large Cars2015 Chevrolet ImpalaToyota Avalon
Kia Cadenza
Luxury Large Cars2015 Kia K900Audi A7
Cadillac XTS
Hybrid Cars2015 Ford Fusion HybridLexus GS Hybrid
Honda Accord Hybrid
Wagons2015 Subaru OutbackVolvo V60
Toyota Prius V

SUV and Minivan Award Winners for 2015

CategoryWinnerFinalists
Compact SUVs2015 Honda CR-VGMC Terrain
Ford Escape
Luxury Compact SUVs2015 Volvo XC60BMW X3
Lexus NX
2-Row SUVs2015 Nissan MuranoJeep Grand Cherokee
Luxury 2-Row SUVs2015 Lexus RX 350Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Lexus RX Hybrid
3-Row SUVs2015 Toyota HighlanderHyundai Santa Fe
Kia Sorento
Luxury 3-Row SUVs2015 Land Rover Range Rover SportInfiniti QX60
Acura MDX
Large SUVs2015 Chevrolet SuburbanChevrolet Tahoe
GMC Yukon
Luxury large SUVs2015 Cadillac EscaladeMercedes-Benz GL-Class
Infiniti QX80
Hybrid SUVs2015 Toyota Highlander HybridLexus RX Hybrid
Lexus NX Hybrid
Minivans2015 Honda OdysseyKia Sedona
Toyota Sienna

If you’re considering the purchase of a new vehicle, I recommend using a free online referral service such as Ryde Shopper and Motor Trend to guarantee you pay the lowest price. These services will tell you what others are paying for the vehicle you’re considering in your local area and which dealers give the greatest discounts.