CarGurus Names Top Ten Family-Friendly Vehicles

Safe, spacious and packed with special features, these 'kid-haulers' offer comfort and convenience for families on the go

Cambridge, MA (August 27, 2015) -- With the school year just kicking off, parents nationwide are preparing for an uptick in the number of hours spent driving children to and from after-school activities. CarGurus, a leading automotive shopping site, today issued its list of Top Family-Friendly Kid-Haulers, each with attributes that make shuttling the family more comfortable and convenient. These new models are all highly rated for safety and offer plenty of cargo space, seating capacity, cabin comforts and a host of modern technology features.

“For families with school-age children, finding a vehicle that balances safety and reliability with space, comfort and convenience is important,” said Steve Halloran, Chief Editor at CarGurus. “To eliminate guesswork for shoppers, we’ve identified the vehicles that best meet these specific criteria and also offer bonus features that will make time spent shuttling the kids a little more pleasant.”

According to a recent CarGurus online poll of car shoppers with school-age kids, 38% estimate they spend between 30 minutes and an hour a day in their car with kids on a typical weekday, while 33% say they spend more than an hour.

CarGurus' Top Ten Family-Friendly Kid-Haulers*:

Midsize SUVS

  • Mitsubishi Outlander (2016 msrp starts at $22,995)
  • Toyota Highlander (2015 msrp starts at $29,765)
  • Ford Explorer (2016 msrp starts at $30,700)
  • Chevrolet Traverse (2016 msrp starts at $31,205)
  • Infiniti QX60 (2015 msrp starts at $42,400)
  • Acura MDX (2016 msrp starts at $42,865)


  • Kia Sedona (2016 msrp starts at $26,400)
  • Toyota Sienna (2015 msrp starts at $28,700)
  • Honda Odyssey (2015 msrp starts at $28,975)

Large SUV

  • Chevrolet Suburban (2016 msrp starts at $49,700)

To compile this list, CarGurus looked at currently available models and prioritized the following criteria: safety record (4+ NHTSA stars), cargo storage space, seating capacity and availability of relevant technology features. CarGurus' Test Drive Reviews and user reviews of these cars were also considered. Note, some of these models are available new in both 2015 and 2016 model years. Starting prices listed above are based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the base trim for each model and do not reflect market prices. To search for the best deals on new or used models, consumers should visit

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About CarGurus

CarGurus ( is a leading online automotive destination focused on bringing transparency to the car research and shopping experience. Our free listings search tool helps shoppers compare available car listings from their desktop or mobile device and quickly identify the best deals in their local area. Located in Cambridge, MA, CarGurus was founded in 2007 by Langley Steinert, co-founder and former Chairman of TripAdvisor. More than 15 million users visit the site each month to research and shop for new and used cars.

Amy Mueller