Finding the right vehicle to meet the needs of a family can be a challenging endeavor for many. To help ease the process, Edmunds.com and Parents magazine teamed to pick the 10 vehicles "best suited for family duty."
According to Edmunds.com, safety was given top priority and the cars, SUVs and minivans selected each carry top crash-test scores. Many of the vehicles listed also offer the latest in safety technology including blind-spot monitors and collision-mitigation systems.
Edmunds.com and Parents magazine also considered overall family-friendliness of each vehicle, and those on the list offer useful amenities designed to help families travel in comfort, they said.
Best Budget Car - Ford Fiesta
Available for less than $15,000, the Fiesta is one of the least expensive new cars on the market. With the available EcoBoost engine, it gets 37 mpg combined (32 city/45 highway).
Best Budget Car - Mazda 3/cem
Available in either a sedan or four-door hatchback, the Mazda 3 offers safety features that include a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts, a lane departure warning system and a collision-mitigation system.
Best Hybrid - Toyota Prius
The Prius offers an EPA rating of 50 mpg combined (51 city/48 highway) and features a variety of amenities that include Bluetooth, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, a driver knee airbag and heated power mirrors.
Best Sedan - Honda Accord
The Honda Accord has long been a sales leader in the four-door segment and offers features most buyers want in a midsize family sedan. Its cabin is spacious enough to seat a family in comfort, with an upscale ambiance that encourages passengers to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Best Sedan - Mazda 6
The Mazda 6 is among the most well-rounded family sedans on the market. Quick acceleration and keen handling make it fun to drive, and its strong fuel economy — up to 32 mpg combined (28 city/ 40 highway) — makes it equally amenable at the gas pump.
Best Wagon - Subaru Outback
The Outback's cabin offers lots of room for both passengers and cargo — with 71.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity, the Outback's interior is spacious enough to accommodate even outsize gear.
Best Crossover - Nissan Rogue
Redesigned for 2014, the two-row Rogue offers a cargo-dividing system that includes an adjustable rear cargo area with storage compartments, multilevel shelving capability and as many as 18 different cargo-carrying configurations.
Best Minivan - Honda Odyssey
For families that need maximum passenger capacity and maximum room for cargo, the best bet is a minivan like the Honda Odyssey. It's large enough to seat as many as eight passengers but handles like a much smaller vehicle. It also offers 22 mpg combined (19 city/28 highway).
Best SUV - Chevrolet Traverse
The Traverse seats as many as eight passengers and with the third row folded flat, offers 70.3 cubic feet available for cargo that jumps to 116.3 cubic feet with the second row stowed.
Best SUV - Hyundai Santa Fe
With its refined cabin and long list of standard features, Edmunds.com and Parenting magazine said the Santa Fe delivers a lot for a relatively modest price.