In the market for a new set of wheels? Finding the perfect family car can be a daunting task when you’ve got kids to consider. After all, you’re not just looking for a car that looks good; you’ve also got to make sure your ride has the best safety features, is roomy enough to fit your brood, and has enough trunk space to haul all that parenting paraphernalia (sports gear, stroller, diaper supplies, etc.). Not sure where to start? We scoured expert reviews to find the best all-wheel cars, SUVs and minivans for families in 2021. Keep reading to see them all.

2021 Honda Accord (Hybrid or Standard)

Last year’s winner of Edmund‘s Mid-Size Sedan category was also named one of the "Best Cars for Families" by U.S. News & World Reports—and this year’s model offers a hybrid model so you can save money on gas and teach your kids a little about environmental stewardship. Hybrid or not, the Honda Accord is an inexpensive, reliable car that has everything a small family needs to stay safe and happy on the road.

Best family-friendly features:

  • U.S. News calls the interior "cavernous," with comfortable seating for five and room for three car seats/boosters in the back row
  • 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space makes for one of the biggest in its class, says Edmunds.
  • Passenger seats have tons of pockets and bins for all your kids’ books and small items
  • Available heated and ventilated seats
  • Dual-zone climate control keeps everyone happy and warm (or cool)
  • Drawer inside the trunk for storing smaller items that may roll around while you’re driving
  • Cargo hook for hanging grocery bags in the trunk
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto for connecting your phone’s apps and music to the car
  • WiFi hotspot connectivity
  • Impressive fuel efficiency at 30 city/38 highway mpg for the standard model; 48/47 mpg for the hybrid model

Safety features:

  • Collision mitigation braking system will automatically apply brakes when the car detects a collision is unavoidable
  • Road departure mitigation system detects if you’re straying from your lane and will help correct you or apply brakes if needed
  • Available Head Up display shows important driving information—speed, directions and incoming calls—in the driver’s line of sight.
  • Remotely lock your car or see fuel status from your phone
  • Blind spot information system
  • A multi-angle rearview camera with available cross-traffic monitor
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto-lock lets you lock and unlock your car without taking out your keys
  • Rear occupant seat reminder makes sure you don’t forget anyone in the back when you exit the car

Starting price: $24,770

2021 Toyota Camry (Hybrid or Standard)

Sure, the Toyota Camry used to have a reputation for just-blah styling, but the 2021 version of one of America’s most popular car now looks as sleek and stylish as its pricier colleagues. New this year, all models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, the automaker’s newest version of the groundbreaking driver assist technology suite that includes automatic emergency braking.

Best family-friendly features:

  • Two sets of LATCH car seat anchors in rear seats and upper anchor point for the middle seat
  • 38 inches of rear legroom that make it easy to install car seats
  • Available heated and ventilated seats
  • Dual zone climate control keeps everyone comfortable
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto for connecting your phone’s apps and music to the car. Amazon Alexa compatible, if you’d like Alexa’s help while driving
  • WiFi hotspot connectivity
  • Economical gas mileage at 25 to 52 mpg depending on whether you’re driving the standard or hybrid model

Safety features:

  • Integrated backup camera with projected path helps you park safely and easily
  • Toyota’s Safety Sense includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection that can detect not only the vehicle ahead but also a preceding bicyclist in the daytime and even a preceding pedestrian in low-light conditions. At intersections, the system may detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian when performing a left-hand turn and may provide audio/visual alerts and automatic braking.
  • Lane departure alerts
  • Automatic high beam headlights automatically switch from high to low beams when it detects an oncoming car
  • Road sign assist can recognize some road signs and display them on the information screen
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear seat reminder prompts you to check the back seat before you get out of the car
  • Rear cross traffic alert notifies you if there are cars coming your way as you back up

Starting price: $24,970 for the standard LE model/ $27,270 for the hybrid model

2021 Mazda CX-5

A stylish choice for small families who prefer a more sophisticated look on a budget, this five-person crossover was rated as one of the top Small SUVs by Consumer Reports, and is described by Edmunds as a "top contender in the compact crossover segment." It’s a good choice if you’re going to drive the same car to soccer as you are to the office.

Best family-friendly features:

  • Roomy interior
  • Remote start abilities let you warm up or cool down the car before you step inside
  • Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto
  • 10.5-inch infotainment screen
  • Available heated front and rear seats
  • Wifi hotspot capabilities
  • Two USB ports
  • Rear power liftgate available in upper trims

Safety features:

  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert helps detect if there’s a car coming your way as you’re backing up
  • Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go will let the car do the driving for you, maintaining a safe distance with the car in front of you (and stopping if the car in front of you stops)
  • Day and night pedestrian detection will detect and, if necessary, apply the brakes to avoid hitting a pedestrian
  • Connect to the car via the Mazda app to start the engine remotely, lock and unlock the doors (so if you can’t remember whether your kids left the doors unlocked, you can always check via your phone), check whether your lights are on and more. It can also help you find where you parked your car
  • Rear seat occupant reminder reminds you to check the back seat before you get out of the car

Starting price: $25,270

2021 Subaru Forester

Comfortable and supple, according to Consumer Reports, the Subaru Forester works great for smaller families who don’t want an SUV but still want a car with good off-road capabilities and standard all-wheel drive. New for 2021, the top safety-rated Subaru added steering responsive headlights (the lights move in the direction you steer) high beam assist and a rear seatbelt reminder that tells you exactly which passenger in your car is unbuckled).

Best family-friendly features:

  • Comfortable seating for five
  • 11.6-inch vertical touch screen in the center console
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Roomy rear seats
  • Two USB ports in front; two optional in the rear.
  • Built-in WiFi hotspot connectivity
  • Power rear gate
  • Remote engine start lets you warm up or cool down your car from your smartphone

Safety features:

  • Standard all-wheel drive on all models
  • EyeSight with advanced safety keeps you a safe distance from the car in front of you; it also detects objects in front of you that you’re likely to hit and reduces power to the engine to help minimize the force and impact of a collision
  • Blind spot detection system notifies you if it detects vehicles in your blind spots
  • Automatic pre-collision braking
  • Adaptive cruise control with lane-centering technology
  • Lane departure warning will notify you if you stray out of your lane
  • Subaru Starlink will alert an operator if your car is involved in a crash and get you roadside help at the push of a button
  • Front and rear camera views keep you from missing anything on the road in front or behind you
  • Standard rear seatbelt reminder will tell you which seat is unbuckled.
  • Rear occupant reminder will remind you to check the back seat before you get out of the car
  • My Subaru app lets you set speed limits and boundaries to alert you if your (teenage) driver is speeding or going somewhere they’re not supposed to go

Starting price: $24,795

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—Melissa Heckscher