Each year, the professionals at Good Housekeeping Institute team up with the automotive gurus at Car and Driver to reveal the best family-friendly cars. All the vehicles on the list are tested by engineers, analysts, and, of course, real parents. If you’re currently searching for a four-door sedan for your travels, some of the best new family cars have made the list, ranging from subcompact sedans to full-size luxury cars. Let’s take a closer look.
Best Subcompact Car: Hyundai Accent
The Hyundai Accent is on this list for a few reasons. It’s stylish from the inside out, affordable (base price is $16,645), and offers excellent fuel economy ratings. If you can, it’s suggested to upgrade to the SEL trim, which features Apple CarPlay and Android connectivity on a large 7-inch touchscreen display.
Best Entry Luxury Car: Cadillac CT4
Want a luxury vehicle without a large price tag? The Cadillac CT4 is a great option. Even entry-level models come well-equipped with driver assistance technology, like lane-keeping assist and automated emergency braking. Since rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available, it stands out from other cars in its class.
Best Compact Car: Honda Civic
The 2022 Honda Civic brings a major facelift, so if you’re looking for a fun-to-drive, stylish car – this may be the one for you. Features like emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and rear-seat reminder all come as standard. Plus, all the controls are large and easy to use.
Best Luxury Compact Car: Genesis G70
The Genesis G70 is a sporty sedan that’s loaded with luxury and has great value. According to Good Housekeeping, “Drivers and passengers can take comfort in the fact that it was selected as a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), a rigorous safety recognition in the auto industry for crash tests and automatic braking.”
Best Sedan: Honda Accord
Looking for a practical sedan that is packed with comfort and convenience features? You’ll find it all with the Honda Accord. In addition, the Accord won the Best New Family Car award from Good Housekeeping. Whether you opt for the 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine or the 242-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter, you won’t be disappointed.
Best Luxury Sedan: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Turn heads behind the wheel of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The E350 comes equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder, while the E450 features a turbocharged six-cylinder. And if you’re looking for more options, there are also coupe and convertible versions available.
Best Full-Size Sedan: Nissan Maxima
The Nissan Maxima is a great family sedan for many reasons. For starters, it received the highest crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the best IIHS results. If you’re sharing this car with a teen, you can set speed and boundary restrictions as well as curfew alerts.
Best Luxury Full-Size Sedan: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a modern luxury sedan designed for those looking for advanced tech features, comfort, and excellent performance capabilities. It comes equipped with a 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen that offers multimedia content and innovative controls at your fingertips.