For enthusiasts, a car is viewed as more of a family member than a vehicle. That’s not the case for the majority of the automotive market, and thus, the driving force of what automakers currently cater to. So for the latest in consumer persuasion, there’s the U.S. News and World Report “Best Cars For Families” of 2013. And General Motors vehicles were nominated for more than just one or two categories.
A total of six GM vehicles were acknowledged by U.S. News as the most family-oriented in their respective segments out of 19 categories — the most of any single automaker. They are:
- Chevrolet Cruze: Compact Cars
- Buick Verano: Upscale Small Cars
- Buick LaCrosse: Full Sized Cars
- Chevrolet Traverse: 3-Row Midsize SUVs
- Chevrolet Suburban: Full-Sized SUVs
- Cadillac Escalade: Luxury Full-Sized SUVs
The science behind the Best Cars For Families awards, according to U.S. News, organizes quality, size and family-friendly features into a composite score. Within each category, a vehicle with the highest score is named as a Best Car for Families. Quality is also taken into account, and is measured using “a weighted average of scores from the U.S. News rankings at the time the awards are published.” From there, the rankings compare cars on the terms of safety, reliability and a consensus of automotive critics’ opinions. Additionally, size is factored in, and is based on a vehicle’s seating capacity and interior space. Then for the intangible family-friendly features, the ones deemed to be helpful to families by U.S. News editors are factored in, finishing out the formula.