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No Sedans Among KBB’s Top 12 Family Cars

February 15, 2017

The 2017 Honda CR-V is the top seller among the two-row SUVs Kelley Blue Book included in its latest list of top family vehicles. Photo courtesy American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
The 2017 Honda CR-V is the top seller among the two-row SUVs Kelley Blue Book included in its latest list of top family vehicles. Photo courtesy American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

IRVINE, Calif. — The editors at Kelley Blue Book have released their annual list of the “12 Best Family Cars,” selecting four vehicles in three categories — and not a sedan among them.

“Looking at sales trends, soccer field parking lots and school drop-off lines, it’s clear that families have moved on from the family sedan, and now the modern family car is an SUV,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “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.”

KBB’s list of top family cars for the 2017 model-year includes:

Best Two-Row SUVs:

  • Honda CR-V (top seller)
  • Honda HR-V
  • Kia Sportage
  • Subaru Outback

Best Three-Row SUVs:

  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Honda Pilot
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Toyota Highlander (top seller)

Best Minivans:

  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Kia Sedona
  • Toyota Sienna (top seller)

For more information about KBB’s list, including detailed editorial commentary, technology features, safety ratings, driving dynamics, photos, pricing information and more, click here.

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