U.S. News announces the 2021 Best Cars for Families

Toyota wins more awards than any other brand; Honda Odyssey wins Best Minivan for Families for 11th consecutive year

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, announced on March 16 the 2021 Best Cars for Families. U.S. News evaluated 86 vehicles and named winners across nine categories.

Toyota won the most awards this year with four, and Honda won three. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid won Best Hybrid SUV for Families for the eighth time. The gas-only RAV4 won Best Compact SUV for Families, and the Avalon Hybrid won Best Hybrid and Electric Car for Families for the second time in a row.

The gas-only Avalon won Best Large Car for Families for the third time. The Honda Passport won Best 2-Row SUV for Families for the second time, while the Honda Accord won Best Midsize Sedan for Families for the second time.

The Honda Odyssey won Best Minivan for Families for the 11th consecutive year – the longest streak in the history of the awards.

Kia and Chevrolet each won one award. The Kia Telluride is the Best 3-Row SUV for Families for the second consecutive year. The Chevrolet Suburban won Best Large SUV for Families for the third time overall and for the first time since 2015.

The 2021 Best Cars for Families winners have the best combination of safety and reliability ratings, excellent reviews from the automotive press, passenger and cargo space and the features that keep the entire family safe, connected and entertained. Tech features, such as in-car wireless internet, teen driver controls, automatic braking, surround-view parking camera systems and hands-free cargo doors, were considered alongside traditional criteria such as passenger and cargo space.

“Families come in many forms, and with nine different categories to choose from, there’s a Best Cars for Families award winner that will work for any family,” said Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “The award winners have the space, safety and features to satisfy any family, from new parents to parents with new drivers to households that may be welcoming grandparents.”


  • Best 3-Row SUV for Families: 2021 Kia Telluride
  • Best Compact SUV for Families: 2021 Toyota RAV4
  • Best Minivan for Families: 2021 Honda Odyssey

For the full set of winners and finalists, visit https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks?int=top_nav_Cars.

The award methodology combines professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume and the availability of family-friendly features. Within each of the nine automotive categories, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category.

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