Best and Safest Cars for Families in 2016

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It’s a whole new year. Time to upgrade Ol’ Bessie, the family minivan. Here are some sweet options: affordable with elegant interiors, nice power and handling, even a dollop of style.
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Hyundai Sonata

From $34,600. A plug-in hybrid which performs like a real vehicle, not an ‘experimental car’. Surprising luxury.
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Toyota Sienna

From $29,750. The Sienna has good pick-up while also having some of the best gas-mileage and crash-test scores among minivans
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Honda Civic

From $18,640. 1.5 L 4-cylinder, 2.0 L 4-cylinder. A redesign that marks a great improvement in performance over the troubled 2012.
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Chevrolet Impala

Considered a bargain at $27,970, the Impala combines performance and elegance. 305-horsepower, direct-injection V-6. It’s Chevrolet’s largest car.
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Honda Odyssey

From $23,650. The US News Best Minivan. Honda rules this class.
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Subaru Outback

From $24,995. Known for its cargo capacity and roomy interior, the Outback does lack good acceleration.
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Kia Optima

$34,490. The Optima’s 2.4-litre engine gives a quiet ride at low revs, but it doesn’t perform as well as one might expect.
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Honda Pilot

From $30,145. 280 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Pilot is considered an SUV for people who don’t want to completely give up their ‘edge’.
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Nissan Pathfinder

From $30,680. This V6-powered SUV is little changed from the 2015 model, unfortunately including a failure to upgrade to Bluetooth and other consumer electronics.
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Kia Sedona

From $26,400. The Sedona’s 276-hp V-6 with six-speed transmission promises a smooth ride.
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Chevrolet Tahoe

From $47,000. Good brakes, steering and handling make the Tahoe easy to handle despite its powerful V8 engine.
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Toyota Highlander

$29,990 – $50,485. The Highlander’s four-cylinder engine is unimpressive but its V6 will haul 5000 lbs. It carries eight passengers.
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