It’s awards season – for films, music, even vehicles.
Here are the Best Family Cars of 2022, as determined by the experts at Kelley Blue Book, which has been determining vehicle value for decades.
The list includes SUVs and Minivans that hold appeal for roominess and flexibility for a growing family. Ratings are based on depth testing with a focus on safety, practicality and value, as well as increasingly useful connectivity, technology and driver-assist features, and even resale value.
Fortunately, the Kelley Blue Book editorial staff uses data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to ensure recommended vehicles have top safety ratings.
Unfortunately, there is not a single EV, PHEV or Hybrid on the list, even though several of the winning models also are available as EV, PHEV or Hybrid models. With current gas prices at ridiculous levels, it is a serious oversight to ignore those eco-friendly, wallet-friendly models.
“A family car is more than just a mode of transportation. Parents want a vehicle they can trust to protect their family in the case of an accident, comes equipped with state-of-the-art technology to help avoid accidents altogether, and matches the needs of their lifestyle,” said Jason Allan, director of editorial for Kelley Blue Book.
“Combining our expansive vehicle review program, proprietary insights and industry data, we work to provide families with vehicle recommendations that align with their personalized needs and emphasize value through Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price and 5-Year Cost to Own information.”
So here’s Kelly Blue Book list of the Best Family Cars of 2022 – by category and alphabetical order within each category.
Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars of 2022
Best Two-Row SUVs for Families
2022 Honda CR-V
Even in its last year before a full redesign, Honda’s venerable compact SUV remains an incredibly well-rounded option for families.
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
Don’t let the stylish exterior and rich interior fool you, the Santa Fe is also a fantastic value among two-row midsize SUVs.
2022 Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback has the capability and space of an SUV, the comfort of a wagon, and an impressive roster of safety features, including standard all-wheel drive.
2022 Toyota RAV4
Compact SUVs deliver an ideal mix of practicality, flexibility and value for so many families, and the RAV4 stands out as our Compact SUV Best Buy for 2022.
Best Three-Row SUVs for Families
2022 Honda Pilot
Another Honda expected to undergo a full redesign for 2023, the tried-and-true Pilot is about as proven as it gets in the midsize three-row SUV segment.
2022 Hyundai Palisade
The Hyundai Palisade combines eight-passenger seating and a famously strong warranty with luxury-like style and amenities.
2022 Kia Telluride
The Kia Telluride burst onto the scene a couple years ago and is still shaking up the segment. This year’s 3-Row Midsize SUV Best Buy boasts an unmatched mix of practicality and desirability.
2022 Toyota Highlander
For too many good reasons to count, the Toyota Highlander is the best-selling 3-row SUV in the country.
Best Full-Size SUV for Families
2022 Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition is our Full-Size SUV Best Buy of 2022, combining maximum versatility with unexpected comfort and convenience.
2022 Chrysler Pacifica
The feature-filled and richly appointed Pacifica stands alone among minivans in offering an available plug-in hybrid powertrain rated to deliver up to 32 miles on electricity alone.
2022 Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey has long been one of the best family vehicles money can buy, and last year’s enhancements made it even better.
2022 Toyota Sienna
Our Minivan Best Buy for 2022, the Sienna combines full minivan practicality with available all-wheel drive and standard hybrid power rated to deliver a mind-blowing 36 mpg.
Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars of 2022 provide valued service for families to narrow down their search for a new vehicle, and its Dealer Home Services makes it easier to shop for a car right from home – from a virtual walk around or test drive, to delivering a car right to your driveway with touchless delivery.
For more information about Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars of 2022, including detailed editorial commentary, safety ratings, photos, pricing information and more for each model, visit https://www.kbb.com/awards/best-family-cars/.
For shoppers on a budget, Kelley Blue Book’s experts compiled an additional list of the 10 Best Family Cars Under $25,000. If shoppers are in the market for a used vehicle, check out the 10 Best Used Family Cars Under $20,000.