Choosing the Best Family Car
Here's our top picks for the coolest and safest cars of the year. Plus check out must-know safety tips for installing a car seat in your new ride.
You Are: A tech-savvy fam with a jones for the outdoors.
Seeking: A spacious ride built for road trips and rugged play.
We Recommend: JEEP COMPASS
23 city / 29 hwy mpg, $19,295
What We Love: The UConnect System features voice-command navigation (“Pinkberry!”) and a 40-gigabyte hard drive for storing digital entertainment files, undoubtedly designed for those kids who think Jake and the Never Land Pirates makes road trips better. The LED-illuminated cup holders help reduce juice spills after sundown. The swing-down speakers on the rear liftgate turn picnics into dance parties. Heads-up: The cargo lamp that doubles as a flashlight is handy, but precisely the kind of thing young kids fight to play with.