Canadian Auto Dealer – February 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm, by Todd Phillips

Salespeople in dealerships are always looking for an edge, a talking point that helps tip the scales in their favour when helping a customer narrow their choice for a new vehicle. The editors of Kelley Blue Book have made it easier for some — and harder for others — by naming the Best 15 Family cars for 2015.

“Once again, we recruited families to assist our expert editors in this laborious evaluation, putting the Best Family Car candidates to a real-life test, including vehicles in two new car categories — full-size pickup trucks and compact cars,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s

“Evaluated on comfort and driving, safety, child seats, cargo space, rear-seat entertainment, and extra features, this year’s group of winners are deemed the most worthy of family duty.”

The editors concede that with the mix of models and crossovers and minivans, deciding what even constitutes a family car is changing with the times. But nonetheless, the editors have narrowed down their choices to 15 vehicles that they recommend.

The vehicles are evaluated on criteria such as comfort and driving, safety, child seats, cargo space, rear-seat entertainment (for those long drives with antsy kids) and extra features.

This year’s’s 15 Best Family Cars of 2015 (in alphabetical order) are:


The editors analyzed three minivans, four compact SUVs, four mid-size sedans and three mid-size sedans, and included vehicles from other categories, including two full-size pickup trucks and three compact cars.