There are many things to consider when shopping for a new car for your family. Factors such as dependability, riding comfort, and the vehicle’s overall safety are just a few.
If you have a large family, you’ll need a bigger vehicle to carry them and all their cargo. A sport utility vehicle may be the exact vehicle you’re looking for.
The well-known publication, Consumer Reports sifted through mountains of data to narrow down which vehicles would make the ideal family sport utility vehicle (SUV).
They only considered SUVs that have average or above average predicted reliability, perform well in insurance or government safety tests, and performed well in Consumer Reports’ road tests. After narrowing down the pack, they only included SUVs that had automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning systems as optional or standard equipment.
The SUVs on the list below must have earned good ratings in five crash tests, earned an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and earned a Top Safety Pick Plus designation from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).
The last thing Consumer Reports took into account was how easy child seats installed and fit within these vehicles. Child seats are a difficult thing for automakers to get right. However, families have small children so child seat installation was a scoring factor of this test.
Before buying a new SUV, check out all the SUVs that made it on Consumer Reports Top 10 Safest SUVs for Families below.
Competition Between Dealers Gets You the Best New Car Price
Before buying a new SUV, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what’s a good price to pay for the car. Read my detailed guide on how to figure new car cost to guarantee you save the most money and avoid car dealer scams.
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10 Safe SUVs for Families You Can Buy In 2016
|#||Safe Family SUV||Suggested Model Trim||Equipment and Cost|
|1||Acura MDX||MDX with AcuraWatch Plus||Forward-collision warning with auto-braking = standard equipment|
|2||Acura RDX||RDX with AcuraWatch Plus||Forward-collision warning with auto-braking = standard equipment|
|3||Honda Pilot||EX with Honda Sensing||Forward-collision warning with auto-braking = standard equipment|
|4||Hyundai Tucson||Limited trim||Cost of forward-collision warning with auto-braking = $2,750|
|5||Lexus RX||Any trim||Cost of forward-collision warning with auto-braking = $665|
|6||Mazda CX-5||Touring trim||Cost of forward-collision warning with auto-braking = $1,625|
|7||Subaru Crosstrek||Premium trim||Cost of forward-collision warning with auto-braking = $1,995|
|8||Subaru Forester||2.5i Premium trim||Cost of forward-collision warning with auto-braking = $1,295|
|9||Subaru Outback||2.5i Premium||Cost of forward-collision warning with auto-braking = $1,695|
|10||Toyota Highlander||Limited trim||Cost of forward-collision warning with auto-braking = $1,400|
Source: Consumer Reports