Best Family Cars 2014: Expert Kelley Blue Book List

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Finding the best family car may be one of the most important decisions-- you're carrying precious cargo, and you may have to be the most careful with your budget than other car purchasers. At the same time, you shouldn't have to sacrifice comfort and technology-- and looking at least a little cool-- when purchasing a great family car.

Depending on your needs, you may need a mini-van, an SUV or even an ample sized four-door sedan. Although many would shy away from the "soccer mom vans" because of their basic ugliness, nowadays even station wagons have some style.

The car experts at Kelley Blue Book decided that 21 cars out of 300 family cars were top-class this year, and then they narrowed it down to 12. The resulting list is comprised of sedans, both midsize and small SUVs, minivans and a hybrid wagon. Here are the top three:

1. Chevrolet Impala
KBB describes the Impala as the closest thing to a utility vehicle without having to get a utility vehicle. Although it costs as much as many SUVs at the $30,000-$40,000 range, it serves those who need the space but despise the bulk of an SUV. The features of a fully loaded 2014 Impala makes KBB believe that it is worth every dollar. Compared to other leading giant sedans such as the Toyota Avalon, it uses its size to comfortably fit up to two car seats plus a booster seat, and the trunk is huge.

2. Chevrolet Traverse
The Traverse can carry up to eight passengers along with much cargo space. KBB states that its third row is the largest of any other SUV they've tested. It is, however, a bulky massive SUV that people who hate SUVs probably can't deal with. Even if you are used to these traits, you still may not like the maneuvering difficulties of the Traverse. Still, the space and affordability compared to other SUVs make this the best family SUV of 2014.

3.Ford Flex
The Flex lets you know by its appearance that it isn't your normal SUV. It can carry seven passengers with extensive legroom for long-legged adults and car seated babies. KBB actually says that the Flex is one of the most car-seat friendly vehicles of the 300 that they've tested. Its high engine power for an SUV also impressed the staff, but the steering gave them a little concern. The Flex can reach over the $50,000 range, but its plenty features could make this one a go for your family.

Even if your family is the size of the Beverly Hillbillies, 2014 gives you hope that it's possible to ride around in a bit more class and style. Be sure to check out the entire list.

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