PARENTS Magazine’s Best Family Cars of 2020

By Don Jacobs | Posted in Honda, Volkswagen on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at 5:36 pm
PARENTS Best Family Cars 2020

This list from PARENTS magazine’s best family cars of 2020 includes a few vehicles from Honda and Volkswagen. The Honda Odyssey, Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot, and Honda Accord Hybrid were judged among others in their category against driveability, car-seat compatibility, and fun extras.

Honda Odyssey

Best for Big Families – Honda Odyssey

$30,790+/19 to 28 mpg
You won’t find a vehicle more versatile for carpooling or chauffeuring around a large squad of your own. It holds up to six car seats if you opt for the EX ($34,790+) or higher trim. Plus, Honda upgraded to an automatic ten-speed transmission for 2020 to give you a smoother ride.

How It Drives
The V-6, 280-horsepower engine goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds, the fastest of our winning minivans.

Car-Seat Compatibility
With five sets of lower anchors and a tether for every seat in the second and third rows, you can install your seats wherever you’d like.

Fun Extras
When you don’t have the max number of passengers, you can remove the center seat from the middle row and slide the other two seats together to access the back row easily. If you get the rear-entertainment system on the EX-L ($40,160+), kids can watch a Blu-ray or stream video on a 10-inch screen that pulls down from overhead.

Volkswagen Atlas

Best Value Three-Row SUV – Volkswagen Atlas

$31,545+/20 to 26 mpg
Even with the lowest starting price of our three-row-SUV winners, it offers a generous four-year or 50,000-mile warranty plus two years of free regularly scheduled maintenance.

How It Drives
It feels comfortable, steering and braking with ease. Safety features like automatic headlights and heated side mirrors come standard.

Car-Seat Compatibility
Opt for bench-style seating to fit three narrow car seats or boosters across the second row and two more in the third row. If you’re installing a high-back booster or a forward-facing car seat in the third row, you may need to remove the head restraint to get the correct angle for the seat. (Replace it if you remove the car seat.)

Fun Extras
On the SE and higher ($34,095), each row has its own climate control so kids can crank up or turn down the AC by themselves.

Honda Pilot

Best Quiet Ride – Honda Pilot

$31,650+/20 to 27 mpg
If you like everything about the Honda Odyssey except that it’s a minivan, the Pilot is a great option. On its rear-entertainment system, kids can watch Blu-ray discs or stream video on a screen that pulls down from overhead.

How It Drives
The ride is quiet and smooth. You can opt for a six- or nine-speed transmission, depending on the trim. Consider the nine if you expect to put on a lot of highway miles.

Car-Seat Compatibility
You can fit up to five car seats: three in the second row and two in the third.

Fun Extras
On the EX and higher ($34,790+), the second-row seats will fold and move forward (even with a car seat installed) when you push a button, making it easier to get to the back.

Honda Accord Hybrid

Best Value Hybrid – Honda Accord Hybrid

$25,620+/up to 48 mpg
It costs only $1,750 more than the regular Accord, and you don’t lose any cargo space.

How It Drives
The transition between electric and gas power is seamless.

Car-Seat Compatibility
Three narrow seats fit well. Install a forward-facing car seat or booster on one of the sides rather than the middle.

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