US: Interesting models among the year’s best family cars image

The traditional family car could be a large wagon with all the kids riding in the back or a shabby looking “soccer” minivan, but according to the US News Best Cars for Families annual awards the segment has on offer more than meets the eye.

To bring some surprises in their annual rankings of the best family cars, the magazine decided to consider no less than 259 different vehicles in 19 categories, as they searched to “highlight vehicles that make family life easier,” according to Jamie Page Deaton, who leads new car rankings. “These are sedans, SUVs and minivans that have good space and good safety,” and also are generally packed full of “family-friendly features.” That could mean amenities such as rear-seat video entertainment systems, WiFi hot spots or safety and security systems that assist parents in tracking teen drivers. General Motors, the largest US automaker, took leadership in four categories and also topped all other manufacturers.

On the other hand, the traditional family minivan category has been once more snatched by the Honda Odyssey – taking its fifth consecutive win in the best family minivan segment and actually every year since the awards were first announced. Here is the complete list of the 19 models that took home category wins. 2015 Volkswagen Golf for Compact Cars; 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for Upscale Small Cars; 2015 Kia Soul for Hatchbacks; 2015 Hyundai Sonata for Midsize Cars; 2015 Cadillac CTS for Upscale Midsize Cars; 2015 Chevrolet Impala for Luxury Large Cars; 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid for Hybrid Cars; 2015 Subaru Outback for Wagons; 2015 Honda CR-V for Compact SUVs; 2015 Volvo XC60 for Luxury Compact SUVs; 2015 Nissan Murano for 2-Row Midsize SUVs; 2015 Toyota Highlander for 3-Row Midsize SUVs; 2015 Toyota Highlander for 3-Row Midsize SUVs; 2015 Lexus RX 350 for Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUVs; 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport for Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUVs; 2015 Chevrolet Suburban for Large SUVs; 2015 Cadillac Escalade for Luxury Large SUVs; 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid for Hybrid SUVs and the 2015 Honda Odyssey for Minivans.