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The Best Family Cars of 2008

By Rick Newman

In the market for a family car? teamed up with to rate the safest, most kid-friendly, comfortable, affordable, and cool-to-drive cars out there this year.

Buying a new car is one of the most important decisions you'll make for your family. It's also one of the toughest. There are hundreds of models on the market. How do you find a vehicle that's safe, kid-friendly, comfortable, affordable, and cool to drive?

Simple: Read our guide. This year, Parents has joined with, the leading online resource for car buyers, to make your selection easier. The 15 vehicles on our list cover a range of sizes, styles, and price points. What they share is a commitment to safety: These crossovers, SUVs, minivans, sedans, and best-value cars rank at or near the top in government and industry crash tests*, and all offer cutting-edge technologies to protect you and your kids. Our winners also have a strong track record for reliability and performance. But just to be sure, we asked parents who own these models to weigh in on factors like storage space, ease of car-seat installation, and handling. Ready for your test drive? Check out our slideshow.

Best Crossover: Honda CR-V

It's easy to see why these versatile models are gaining popularity: They provide a carlike ride, the roominess of a wagon, and impressive standard safety features.

Price: $20,700 to $29,035 Mileage: 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway

Family features: Don't be fooled by its slick styling. This crossover has everything you need for a young, growing family: spacious and reclining rear seats, comfortable captain's chairs, eight cup holders, and more than a dozen storage nooks for your kids' gear (and yours). Stability control, antilock brakes, and side-curtain air bags are standard. Affordable options include a moon roof and a cool cargo organizer in the rear. The perky four-cylinder engine gives you good gas mileage, and the ride is so smooth your kids will fall asleep quickly at naptime.

Excellent Service!
I just wanted to let you know how impressed I have been with your dealership. I recently purchased a 2008 CR-V. After some mileage it started making this whining noise. After several attempts to fix it for me, they were able to determine where it was coming from and took care of it. Not to get into too much detail, but what I wanted to convey was the high level of professionalism I experienced from Gary Holder and everyone in the service department I spoke with. I am a 64 year old widow and sometimes I get treated like I have one foot in the grave. Not so with your dealership. They treated me with courtesy and professionalism from start to finish. In fact, everyone I came into contact with at your dealership have been very professional staring when I walked in the door, to the employees on the phone taking a message and again especially in the service department. Please let them know how much I appreciate them!
Suzanne Smith
Cherryville, North Carolina

A Great Car – My New CRV
This is my fourth new CRV and I love it. It’s comfortable and pretty and I am averaging 30 miles to the gallon.
Benda Thomas
Asheville, North Carolina

Safety ratings NHTSA: 10 out of 10 frontal, 10 out of 10 side, 4 out of 5 rollover. IIHS: Good frontal, good side; also listed as a Top Safety Pick.

Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey

For carpools and road trips, minivans still offer the most passenger space, storage nooks, and flexible seating options. And with their great safety ratings, you can drive with confidence.

Price: $25,860 to $41,245 Mileage: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway

Family features: The Odyssey puts every square inch of space to good use. There are so many storage crannies (including two glove boxes, a well under the floor, and 13 cup holders) you may never find them all. The third-row seat folds flat in two sections with a flick of the wrist, so you can store all your luggage. Side-curtain air bags protect all three rows, and stability control is standard. The ride is super smooth. And the convenient add-ons include power sliding doors and a three-zone climate system.

Owner feedback: "I love the nimble handling, the illuminated dashboard, and the fish-eye mirror, which lets me keep an eye on the kids in back. My wife and I appreciate the dual-zone climate controls, since I'm always hot and she's always cold."
-- Steve Peterson; Washington, Illinois

Safety ratings: NHTSA: 10 out of 10 frontal, 10 out of 10 side, 4 out of 5 rollover. IIHS: Good frontal, good side; also listed as a Top Safety Pick.

Best Sedan: Honda Accord

Just because you prefer a standard 4-door car doesn't mean you have to give up a roomy feel. These sedans are comfy, powerful, and easy to maneuver in traffic and parking lots.

Price: $20,360 to $30,895 Mileage: 19 mpg city/31 mpg highway

Family features: The Accord has long been a safe, reliable crowd-pleaser. And the newly redesigned '08 model, which has a sleeker design, extra space, and clever touches like a sliding front armrest and a radio system that stores music, is bound to be another blockbuster. The base model comes with side-curtain air bags, antilock brakes, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls (which make it easier to keep your eyes on the road). While a revved-up V-6 engine is available, the four-cylinder is plenty peppy for most families and gets better mileage. The roomy rear lets you install car seats without straining your back, while the Accord's superb handling makes the driving part easy.

Hi My daughter and I were out shopping for a used car last night. We talked to Alton. He was great. We didn’t but a car right then but it wasn’t until I went to several other dealerships that I realized what a jewel he is. We ran into many interesting characters at other dealerships. You should try it sometime just to see what an edge you have over the competition. Nothing is more disconcerting than talking to a disheveled old used car man, looking at your hoots as he’s telling you he may have more coming in tomorrow. With our small budget we are still looking around and if we don’t buy from you I’m still so glad I came in. (We have our Honda Serviced their and that’s always a positive experience.) I know for sure Alton would always be honest and have my best interest in mind. I would refer him and come back to him in a heartbeat.
Respectfully- Tannessa Wilson, North Carolina

Owner feedback: "It's a lot of car for the money -- spacious, fun to drive, easy to park, and very stylish. The front seats are supportive, the trunk space is huge, and my kids, 4 and 6, can climb in and out easily."
-- Michael H.; O'Fallon, Missouri

Safety ratings: NHTSA: 10 out of 10 frontal, 9 out of 10 side (8 out of 10 with all-wheel drive), 5 out of 5 rollover. IIHS: Good frontal, good side; also listed as a Top Safety Pick.

Best Value: Honda Civic

Family features: Why has the Civic made our list for six years running? Because it provides amazing bang for the buck and because it proves that thrifty doesn't have to mean dull. The funky instrument panel -- speedometer on the top, tachometer on the bottom -- mimics a handheld video game. But the Civic is no toy. Its highway performance feels like that of a bigger sedan, and the can-do little engine gets great mileage. Antilock brakes and advanced frontal, side-impact, and side-curtain air bags are standard. Rear heat ducts will keep your kids comfy, and a brilliant parent must have thought of the scuff-resistant material behind the front seats.

Owner feedback: "It has plenty of room for our two kids plus an occasional friend in back. My daughter loves the MP3 input jack for her iPod, while my son adores the sunroof. And I'm partial to the leather seats, responsive steering, and great gas mileage."
-- Chris W.; Rosedale, Maryland