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2013 Best Cars for Families rankings from <i>U.S. News</i> results in strong showing for GM

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U.S. News Announces the 2013 Best Cars for Families

13 brands win awards across 19 categories; General Motors has the most winners

Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2013 – U.S. News & World Report today announced the 2013 Best

Cars for Families award winners, featured at Covering 19 categories, the awards highlight the vehicles that provide the best combination of quality, features and space that today's families need.

The awards, and the U.S. News Best Cars website, are published by U.S. News & World Report, which has a long history of helping Americans make the best choices when it comes to higher education, healthcare, and other important consumer decisions. More than 27 million people researched vehicles on the website in 2012.

"We created the Best Cars for Families awards to make it easier for parents to find cars, SUVs and vans that will help make their lives easier," said Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor of U.S. News Best Cars. "With such a broad range of award winners, any family can find the best car for their lifestyle."


CategoryWinning Vehicle
Compact Cars2013 Chevrolet Cruze
Upscale Small Cars2013 Buick Verano
Hatchbacks2013 Toyota Prius
Midsize Cars2013 Ford Fusion
Upscale Midsize Cars2013 Acura TL
Full-Size Cars2013 Buick LaCrosse
Luxury Full-Size Cars2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Hybrid Cars2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Wagons2013 Subaru Outback
Compact SUVs2013 Honda CR-V
Luxury Compact SUVs2013 Audi Q5
2-Row Midsize SUVs2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
3-Row Midsize SUVs2013 Chevrolet Traverse
Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUVs2013 Lexus RX350
Luxury 3-Row SUVs2013 Lincoln MKT
Full-Size SUVs2013 Chevrolet Suburban
Luxury Full-Size SUVs2013 Cadillac Escalade
Hybrid SUVs2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Minivans2013 Honda Odyssey


The Best Cars for Families awards combine quality, size and family-friendly features into a composite score. Within each of the 19 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for Families in that category. Quality is measured using a weighted average of scores from the U.S. News rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of automotive critics' opinions. Size is based on a vehicle's seating capacity and interior space. For family-friendly features, we factor in the availability of features deemed to be helpful to families by U.S. News editors.



General Motors took home the most awards with six of its models across three of its brands as

winners: Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Traverse, Chevrolet Cruze, Buick Verano, Buick Lacrosse

and Cadillac Escalade.


The award winners are mixed between foreign and domestic automakers. Import brands took home

nine awards while domestic brands took home ten.


This year is the first year that Chevrolet, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lincoln have won Best Car for Families Awards.


The Honda CR-V, Honda Odyssey, Lexus RX-350 and Toyota Highlander Hybrid have won Best

Car for Families awards for three years running.


Since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars, the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report, has published rankings of the majority of new vehicles sold in America. Each year, U.S. News publishes the Best Cars awards, including Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families.

U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the

digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine,, and

Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report's signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its "Best" series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, cars, mutual funds, health plans and more.

News Source: U.S. News and World Report

Category: Car Buying

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