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Peak spring car shopping season is upon us. If you’re among those looking to buy or lease a new vehicle, you’ll find below the winners of our annual Best Family Car Awards. Our team at the Good Housekeeping Institute has been assessing the best vehicles for families for more than a decade — and it’s still exciting to share this comprehensive list of top-tested picks. As we do every year, we worked closely with our Hearst Autos colleagues, namely the seasoned pros at Car and Driver, to determine the winners.

After 12 months of rigorous testing in all types of driving conditions, our 2024 Best Family Car award winners have impressed our professional vehicle testers, who are most in tune with behind-the-wheel performance, as well as real-world parents, who care deeply about safety, reliability, comfort, cargo space and of course cost. Their combined insights all contributed to our final list of winners.

Recognizing that no two families have the exact set of needs, we’ve worked hard to cover a wide range of categories, from compact cars under $30K to full-size SUVs. Our winning picks also include dependable minivans and wagons, versatile crossovers, two- and three-row SUVs and a selection of hybrids and EVs that deliver efficiency and range without compromising performance.

If cost is among your primary concerns, you may be interested in a new study by Atlas Public Policy that suggests that going electric could save you money in the long run. Their research crunched the numbers and found that when you add up the tax breaks, the upfront cost and what you’d spend on fuel and upkeep, owning an electric vehicle is often cheaper than owning a traditional gas car.

But nobody knows your personal driving habits the way you do, so we recommend using our winners as a starting point to guide your research. Remember that most models offer multiple levels or “trims” (a.k.a. prepackaged groups of feature upgrades a buyer can layer on top of the base model, which always is the cheapest and has the fewest features). Higher trims cost more but often include amenities you might not want to skip such as a heated steering wheel and technology enhancements.

Mindful of ever-growing interest in sustainable living, we’ve made sure to include electric vehicle options in almost every category. We’ve also included important metrics like mileage, occupants, trims and length to help you compare options more easily. For a deeper look at each vehicle, we’ve included Car and Driver’s rating and links to their in-depth review for each pick.

As always, we encourage you to consider your family’s unique needs, from where you live to your daily driving habits, to ensure that you choose the vehicle that best fits your family.

All prices and EPA fuel-economy listings are for base models. Check out or the manufacturers’ websites for fuel economy on related models.

Best Family Cars of 2024

Our winners run the gamut, from compact sedans that zip around city streets to spacious SUVs that can handle a larger brood along with everyone’s gear.

Best Sedans

Best Crossovers and SUVs

More Great Family Cars We Tested

After the list of winners, you’ll find more details about our testing process and our long-standing partnership with Car and Driver.

Best Compact Car

2024 Hyundai Elantra

2024 hyundai elantra
2024 hyundai elantra
  • Miles Per Gallon: 32/41/36 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 5 seats

  • Available Trims: SE, SEL, Limited, N Line

  • Length: 185.4 inches

With an 8.5 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver and average owner ratings of 4.8 out of 5, the 2024 Hyundai Elantra stands out in the compact sedan class thanks to its striking design, impressive tech and surprisingly spacious interior. “The Elantra is fuel-efficient and a breeze to park, making it an excellent pick for young families or anyone who is new to car ownership,” says automotive expert and professional vehicle tester Drew Dorian, managing editor of Car and Driver’s Buyer’s Guide. “But don't let its practicality fool you — this Hyundai packs serious style punch and delivers incredible value.”

With a starting price that undercuts that of many rivals in its class by about $3,000 and a brand-new look for 2024, the Hyundai Elantra makes a head-turning first impression. Our testers noted a sharper exterior design with new front fenders, redesigned headlights and taillights, a more streamlined front grille and a bolder rear bumper.

On the inside, you’ll appreciate additional USB-C ports throughout along with unexpected legroom and headroom and a trunk that easily accommodates six carry-on suitcases. The infotainment system has a standard 8.0-inch or an optional 10.3-inch touchscreen complete with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-Fi, all included as standard features.

When it comes to safety, the Elantra is stocked with a full plate of driver-assist goodies, and a lot of them come without your having to tick any option boxes. Safety must-haves like automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warnings and adaptive cruise control all come standard.

Test Drive Results: In GH test drives, our experts noted a “composed ride” with impressive real-world fuel efficiency, especially for the hybrid model. Testers also appreciated the modern styling of the interior cabin, more ample than expected legroom for passengers in the rear seats and the spacious trunk. Tip: Choose the SEL trim and convenience package for comfortable upgrades like heated front seats and a hands-free trunk release.

Standout Features and Warranty: Testers raved about the voice recognition feature, which allows you to verbally adjust the climate or the seat heating. Hyundai offers the most comprehensive warranty in the automotive world with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and three years of complimentary maintenance. We love this because it provides added peace of mind for anyone who is concerned about surprise maintenance costs.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Elantra has always been a dependable and affordable vehicle in its class — and recent updates make it a real winner.

2024 Hyundai Elantra, from $21,625 (base price)

Best Luxury Compact Car

2024 Acura Integra

best luxury compact car 2024 acura integra
best luxury compact car 2024 acura integra

The 2024 Acura Integra is among the sportier and more playful options in our 2024 Best Family Car Awards. With an 8 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver, it’s an incredibly cost-effective option compared with similar models in its class, many of which can set you back by at least $10K more.

“The Integra is a smart choice for driving aficionados who love a powerful ride but still need the daily benefits of easy parking and good fuel economy on city streets and highways,” says Dorian. “If you really want to take the driving experience to the next level, consider the Type S, which we rated 10 out of 10 at Car and Driver for its superior handling and performance. Just keep in mind that it only comes in manual transmission.”

Relaunched by Acura in 2023, the 2024 Integra doesn’t stray too far from last year’s design with a sporty, coupe-like exterior and streamlined curves. If you drive a lot at night or in other low-light circumstances, you’ll appreciate brighter, more energy-efficient headlights that help enhance visibility. The spacious cargo area is another plus, offering more room than is typically found in compact vehicles.

Inside, the Integra feels premium and practical at the same time with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and comfortable front seats. The infotainment system includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen, which can be upgraded to 9.0 inches with the Technology package. This package also comes with wireless charging and enhanced connectivity features.

Test Drive Results: GH testers noted an energetic and engaging driving experience fueled by a powerful turbocharged engine, even with the base model. Some commented on the “coziness” of the cabin because of the low-roof design, which sacrifices about three inches in headroom but adds to the sports car–like vibe.

Standout Features and Warranty: Consumer testers and car pros alike loved the versatility of the rear fifth-door liftback design — which is one of a kind in this segment — and the 60/40-split rear seats that fold flat. These design choices offer the flexibility to accommodate both passengers and cargo — even skis! — with ease. Acura’s warranty coverage adds another layer of appeal, as it offers a longer powertrain warranty than do many of its competitors, providing Integra owners with added peace of mind over the long term.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Acura Integra makes sense for those seeking a sporty ride that prioritizes safety, storage and performance — all at a nice price for the luxury segment.

2024 Acura Integra, from $31,800 (base price)

Best Sedan

2024 Honda Accord

best sedan 2024 honda accord
best sedan 2024 honda accord

Full transparency: Every year we try to unseat the Honda Accord as our winning pick in the Best Sedan category — and every year (for many consecutive years now) we just can’t. Across the board, the 2024 Accord shines as a winning midsize sedan, especially for families. It combines robust performance, sleek styling, noteworthy fuel economy, a whole host of safety features and comfort amenities that you’d expect at a much higher price point.

It’s also a Car and Driver favorite, earning all three of its top accolades this year: an impressive 10 out of 10 rating, a spot on its coveted 2024 10 Best Cars list and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award. “The Accord”s refined road manners, which are noticeable from mile one, are what earn it our consistent praise,” says Dorian.

Following its 2023 redesign, the 2024 model looks largely the same with very little visual clutter. The exterior styling is refined and restrained, allowing it to blend well into any crowd. When it comes to fuel economy, you can’t beat the EX-L Hybrid trim, which delivers exceptional range (51 miles per gallon in the city; 44 MPG on the highway) and nice interior upgrades like a larger 12.3-inch infotainment display, leather seats and a sunroof.

Test Drive Results: In our road and test track evaluations, the Accord’s performance proved reliable and robust. Honda reports fine-tuning the suspension and steering, but without comparing the 2023 and 2024 models side by side it’s hard to notice. What our tester did say was that the car was fun and comfortable to drive and it made them feel confident behind the wheel.

Standout Features and Warranty: The trunk is spacious at 16.7 cubic feet, which means you can easily load it with sports gear, groceries and suitcases and still have room to spare. The back seat is equally roomy for both adults and children. While Honda’s warranty coverage is standard for the industry, the Accord stands out with complimentary scheduled maintenance, a perk for buyers looking for added value.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Honda Accord is the complete package, combining style, performance and practicality — and it continues to impress year after year.

2024 Honda Accord, from $28,390 (base price)

Best Luxury Sedan

2024 Mercedes E-Class

Redesigned for 2024, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class impressed our experts with its refined styling, enhanced technology, luxurious trimmings and noteworthy performance. “The updated E-Class redefines luxury for the midsize sedan segment,” says Dorian. “It pushes the boundaries of style and substance and feels almost on par with the larger, higher-priced S-Class.”

Earning an 8 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver, the all-wheel drive E-Class offers an incredibly smooth ride and an interior that wraps front and rear passengers in luxe comfort. The handsomely updated exterior is a clear reflection of Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to quiet luxury and refined elegance. “It’s not flashy, it’s just chic,” said one reviewer.

The spacious interior prioritizes comfort and quality. An extensive list of standard features includes power front seats with memory, a panoramic roof, dual-zone automatic climate control and smartly placed LED ambient lighting. Ventilated seats, massage functions and advanced air purification systems are among the optional luxury features that can be added.

Test Drive Results: Testers noted a responsive and agile ride and marveled at the level of comfort they felt behind the wheel. Connecting to Bluetooth was seamless and easy, while wireless charging and “Hey, Mercedes” voice control enhanced their test-drive impressions.

Standout Features and Warranty: Optional massage features are spot-on and feel close to those of real massage chair. The infotainment system is anchored by a large 14+-inch main screen that is very user-friendly and seamlessly connects with third-party apps. While Mercedes-Benz offers a solid warranty for the E-Class, it's worth noting that complimentary maintenance is not part of the package, unlike with some competitors.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-class stands out as a luxurious and well-rounded sedan that offers superior style, comfort and advanced technology. It is a well-positioned leader in the luxury sedan sector and provides a compelling option for families seeking a premium vehicle that balances performance with indulgence.

2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, from $62,300 (base price)

Best Full-Size Sedan

2024 Toyota Crown

When Toyota reintroduced the Crown last year, we were immediately impressed by the all-wheel drive sedan/SUV mashup, so much so that it earned a spot on our 2023 Best New Family Car Awards list. For the second year in a row, the Crown is claiming the honor of being our Best Full-Size Sedan winner.

We’ll note right up front that the 2024 version is not much different from the 2023 version, offering the same exceptional fuel economy, bold styling and a more upscale than expected interior. “Get past the Crown’s somewhat controversial exterior and you’ll enjoy a near-luxury experience and surprisingly efficient mileage per gallon,” says Dorian, noting that Car and Driver’s year-over-year score remains 8.5 out of 10.

The interior comes with a range of standard features including power-adjustable heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and ambient lighting. Higher trims add luxury features like a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery and ventilated seats. Infotainment includes a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital gauges, wireless charging, Wi-Fi and USB-C ports.

Test Drive Results: Many testers appreciated the SUV-like driver’s position in a sedan-like package in addition to the car’s peppy acceleration, which only gets better as you go up in trim levels. “The gas pedal is so responsive,” raved one tester. During our review, we also noted that safety features are comprehensive across all trims and include standard automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Standout Features and Warranty: The Crown comes with a limited warranty for three years or 36,000 miles, a powertrain warranty for five years or 60,000 miles and hybrid component coverage for eight years or 100,000 miles. There’s also complimentary maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles.

Bottom Line: We applaud Toyota’s efforts to combine the practicality of all-wheel drive and a higher seating position with the fuel efficiency of a hybrid system, packaged in a sedan that offers a unique alternative to the traditional large car market.

2024 Toyota Crown, from $40,350 (base price)

Best Luxury Full-Size Sedan

2024 Genesis G90

As a newer entity in the automotive industry, Genesis has worked hard to entice consumers with luxury in everything except price. From first impressions to on-the-road handling, our testing pros noted that the 2024 G90 is a standout. In addition to this win, the vehicle earned a 9 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award.

This year’s model has minimal changes after a significant redesign in 2023, It offers a compelling alternative to luxe sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series. It also starts at a price almost $30K cheaper than last year’s winner. On top of the added power, the higher trim also boasts air suspension; reclining rear seats with heat, ventilation and massage; and upgraded audio.

The G90 comes in two main configurations: a base model with a 375-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 and a more powerful E-supercharged variant that produces 409 horsepower. Both models feature an eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive. The E-supercharged version stands out with its swift acceleration and comfortable ride, courtesy of an air suspension and a Chauffeur driving mode.

Inside, the G90 rivals other luxury sedans with its opulent interior, featuring standard Nappa leather, massaging front seats and a wealth of tech including a 12.3-inch display for the infotainment system and other notable comfort amenities.

A full suite of standard driver-assistance safety features includes forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with lane-centering and remote smart parking assistance, which takes the guesswork out of parking.

Test Drive Results: Testers were generous with praise for this vehicle inside and out, noting its exceptionally spacious interior, elegant exterior and upscale shape. “My elderly mother with limited mobility had no trouble getting in or out,” said one tester. “It’s such a smooth, quiet, refined driving experience,” said another. “Total game changer.” Some also noted that smartphone integration required a cable, which they hadn’t expected.

Standout Features and Warranty: Everything about this car feels like a standout, from the extremely comfortable seats to the oversize space to the advanced technology. The Genesis G90 comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance, reflecting Genesis’s dedication to a premium ownership experience with one of the luxury segment’s most generous coverage plans. Genesis also provides one of the most comprehensive warranty and maintenance coverage plans in the luxury market, including a standout service that picks up your vehicle for maintenance appointments.

Bottom Line: The Genesis G90 is a value-packed luxury sedan that delivers on comfort, features and style, easily challenging better-known European luxury models.

2024 Genesis G90, from $89,200 (base price)

Best Electric Car

2024 Polestar

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best electric car 2024 polestar 2
  • Miles Per Gallon: 124/106/115 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 5 seats

  • Available Trims: Long Range Single Motor Plus, Long Range Dual Motor Plus

  • Length: 181.3 inches

Another new player in the unpredictable EV market, Polestar is focused on making fewer vehicles with broader appeal. Its EV sedan, the 2024 Polestar 2, balances fun driving dynamics, a well-equipped base model and cutting-edge technology, all wrapped in a refined, understated and unassuming shell.

Our colleagues at Car and Driver were enthusiastic about this car too, showing their appreciation with an 8.5 out of 10 rating and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award. “We were most impressed with the 2024’s boost in range over the 2023 model,” says Dorian. “That, combined with the distinctly boxier shape than some competitors, is likely to appeal to family-minded consumers.”

Dorian is right: The Polestar 2 received a significant boost in range (and fast-charging) capabilities thanks to a larger battery and updated hardware. The rear-wheel-drive model now offers an impressive 320 miles of range, while the dual-motor variants provide 276 miles. The rear-drive single-motor model is a solid pick for those prioritizing daily usability over outright performance, and the Performance Pack adds an enthusiast edge, though this comes at the expense of range.

The Polestar 2’s cabin is modern and comfortable, with eco-friendly materials and a minimalist design. Cargo space is adequate, though some competitors offer more room. Safety features are plentiful, with standard automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.

Test Drive Results: Testers noted head-turning glances from curious onlookers who couldn’t quite place the vehicle. “I found the ride to be smooth, quiet and otherwise unremarkable — in a good way,” said one tester, noting less jerky movements during deceleration than some other EVs. “It was also very comfortable.”

Standout Features and Warranty: The infotainment system is a highlight with its intuitive Google-based interface. And of course we love the hatchback-style truck, which delivers almost 40 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded down — plus, the frunk! Polestar’s warranty coverage is competitive, but the lack of complimentary scheduled maintenance is a notable omission.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Polestar 2 is an attractive option for EV buyers who value driving enjoyment, technology integration and a stylish yet practical interior.

2024 Polestar 2, from $49,900 (base price)

Best Hybrid Car

2024 Toyota Prius

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best hybrid car 2024 toyota prius
  • Miles Per Gallon: 57/56/57 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 5 seats

  • Available Trims: LE, XLE, Limited

  • Length: 181.1 inches

One more multiyear GH Best New Family Car Award winner, the 2024 Toyota Prius delivers an impressively peppy drive and great mileage, even on the front-wheel-drive base model. Our experts also like that it comes well equipped with standard safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.

Like us, Car and Driver has a long-standing admiration for this vehicle, showing their love for the 2024 model with their triple threat of accolades: a 10 out of 10 rating, a 10 Best Cars Award and an Editors’ Choice Award. “The 2024 Prius is a total head-turner,” says Dorian. “But its real story is fuel economy. Whether you go for the standard Prius or the plug-in hybrid Prius Prime, our testing confirms that the Prius delivers on its efficiency promises.”

This year the Prius has been given no significant changes after its complete 2023 redesign. Gone are the gimmicky toy-car-like vibes (and related nerdy stereotypes), replaced by a more mature and handsome design inside and out. The interior is conservative yet high-quality, with the instrument panel placed in front of the driver instead of in the middle of the car. The infotainment system is sharp and simple, but you might find the standard 8-inch screen a little small. If so, a larger 12.3-inch screen is available on higher trims.

Test Drive Results: Our reviewers noted much preppier acceleration than they previously associated with the Prius. And while most agreed that it wasn’t as sporty as some rivals, the 2024 Prius offers a more engaging driving experience than earlier generations. “I never saw myself as a Prius driver, but that’s all changed,” said one tester.

Standout Features and Warranty: The tech powering the infotainment systems worked seamlessly during test drives — and we loved the voice-activated features. Toyota’s warranty coverage is competitive, with the added benefit of complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles.

Bottom Line: For the second year in a row we’ve recognized the more “grown-up” Toyota Prius as a clear winner for families prioritizing fuel economy, flawless reliability and sustainable living at a digestible price point.

2024 Toyota Prius, from $27,950 (base price)

Best Subcompact SUV

2024 Buick Envista

New for 2024, the Buick Envista enters the market with a stylish coupe-like exterior, a restrained interior (not counting the almost full-dash digital screen) and a shockingly affordable price. “When I first laid eyes on the car I had reverse sticker shock,” said one tester. “I thought it was going to go for a much higher price. It looks more high-end.”

With a 9 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver plus a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award, it’s obvious that their testing pros agree that the Envista is a winning pick. “It’s more sleek than sporty and more practical than luxurious, but the Envista is an attractive low-cost option among small SUVs,” says Dorian. “It makes a lot of sense for urban families and also as a first car purchase.”

Despite front-wheel drive coming standard across the board, the Avenir model in particular impresses with nickel-finished 19-inch wheels and a mesh grille that elevates its look. It also delivers the most advanced tech upgrades, like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless smartphone charging and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.

Inside, the Envista offers a spacious cabin with a comfortable back seat and solid cargo space. While the interior materials might give away the price point more than does the exterior styling, they are still perfectly on point for what the Evista is.

Test Drive Results: Testers picked up on the car’s lower horsepower, noting a smooth and solid drive on city streets and highways but not one that was particularly exciting. Though this is a subcompact crossover SUV, we could still fit six carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats. We also appreciated standard driver-assistance features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automated emergency braking.

Standout Features and Warranty: Apart from the sleek exterior, most testers called out the large integrated digital gauge display and infotainment touchscreen that sits under a single glass panel and puts everything you need right at your fingertips. Buick’s warranty for the Envista is competitive but includes complimentary scheduled maintenance only for the first visit.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Buick Envista is a strong contender in the compact SUV market, offering a mix of style, technology, and value that’s hard to beat.

2024 Buick Envista, from $23,495 (base price)

Best Luxury Subcompact SUV

2024 BMW X1

GH testers noted the 2024 BMW X1 stands out for its well-equipped base model, roomy cabin and refined yet engaging driving dynamics. This vehicle earned a 9 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award. “Although it sits at the bottom of BMW’s SUV lineup, there’s nothing entry-level about the X1,” says Dorian. “It offers agile handling and urban practicality thanks to its compact size.”

On the interior, the X1 boasts sleek, modern design and high-quality materials with notable tech-forward features, like BMW’s latest iDrive 9 system, a curved-glass display and wireless smartphone integration. Optional upgrades include a panoramic sunroof and heated front seats, which you will miss if you don’t have them. Cargo space is ample, and the X1 includes several thoughtful storage solutions throughout.

For 2024, the X1 adds a host of new safety features, including all-occupant seatbelt reminders and steering-wheel haptic feedback. The 10.3-inch touchscreen is standard on select trims, and dual automatic temperature control with an auto-defogging function is now included from the SEL trims upward.

The X1 comes with a suite of standard safety features, and advanced options like adaptive cruise control with lane centering are available. The NHTSA has given the X1 a five-star overall safety rating.

Test Drive Results: Auto pros celebrated the X1’s power and performance, especially at the higher trims, while parent reviewers overwhelmingly shared positive feedback about their testing experience. “I loved how easy it was to zip around city streets and parallel park,” raved one tester. “I felt so good.”

Standout Features and Warranty: BMW’s iDrive 9 infotainment system features prominently in the X1, with a unified panel that displays both gauges and infotainment. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, with options like a wireless charging pad and Harman/Kardon stereo available. BMW’s iDrive 9 brings improvements to the infotainment system’s usability. BMW’s warranty is typical for the luxury class, but the three years of free scheduled maintenance add value to the ownership experience.

Bottom Line:
The 2024 BMW X1 impresses with its combination of style, comfort and driving enjoyment, making it a compelling choice for those seeking a premium compact SUV.

2024 BMW X1, from $40,500 (base price)

Best Compact Crossover SUV

2024 Hyundai Tucson

The 2024 Hyundai Tucson earns our praises with its smart styling, composed ride and wealth of standard safety features. In addition to standing out for our experts, it earned an 8.5 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver and their 2024 Editors’ Choice Award.

“The Tucson’s competitive pricing, fashion-forward looks inside and out and focus on safety make it a winner in our book,” says Dorian, adding that he’s a fan of the plug-in hybrid model because it’s more powerful and offers substantially better fuel economy: 80 miles per gallon for combined city/highway versus 28 mpg for the standard model.

The well-crafted interior offers modern touches and plenty of room for passengers and cargo. The infotainment system features standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with the option to upgrade to a larger screen and additional features like SiriusXM and a Bose stereo system.

New safety features for 2024 include all-occupant seatbelt reminders and rear-side airbags, along with steering-wheel haptic feedback to complement the lane-keeping assist and blind spot monitoring systems. When you are parked, the standard safe exit warning feature can alert you when a car is approaching from behind.

Test Drive Results: Testers were impressed by the interior comforts and noted a mellow and quiet driving experience. “It’s not the zippiest car, but it feels very reliable and safe,” said one. Others noted that it took some time to get used to the push-button gear shifter.

Standout Features and Warranty: When you opt for the SEL Convenience trim, you’ll enjoy upgraded amenities like heated front seats, a sunroof and enhanced driver-assistance technologies. Hyundai’s warranty coverage is arguably the best in the segment, with a generous complimentary scheduled maintenance program and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Hyundai Tucson is a compelling option for those seeking a stylish, well-equipped and practical compact SUV that delivers value and a touch of luxury without a premium price tag.

2024 Hyundai Tucson, from $27,500 (base price)

Best Luxury Compact Crossover SUV

2024 Volvo XC60

Volvo’s 2024 XC60 blends style, safety and luxury in a standout package. This compact all-wheel-drive SUV represents a refined and reliable option for families on the go. “It’s really a perfect city family vehicle,” says Dorian. “Think elegant but not flashy — and with notable performance enhancements for the 2024 model year.”

In line with GH’s results, Car and Driver gave it a 9 out of 10 rating and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award. For the best fuel economy, consider upgrading to the plug-in hybrid Recharge model, which can be conveniently charged at home or public stations. (Bonus: Volvo also enables battery charging via the vehicle’s gasoline engine.)

Inside, the XC60 shines with a modern design and high-quality materials that feel similar to more expensive Volvo models. The cabin is quiet and comfortable, offering ample space for passengers, though cargo space is average for the segment. The infotainment system, centered on a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Volvo’s Google-based interface, is responsive but may require some getting used to.

Like most Volvos, the XC60 has an excellent safety rating and its safety features are abundant. These include automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, collision avoidance and blind-spot detection.

Test Drive Results: When driving the XC60, reviewers commented most on the comfort of the cabin and the adult-friendly, ergonomically designed seats in both rows. Our experts recommend opting for the mid-range Plus trim for an excellent balance between cost and features. You’ll get more attractive wheels, luxurious leather upholstery, a 360-degree camera system and front and rear parking sensors, which greatly improve convenience and safety. While some testers noted tight cargo space, it does expand to 63.3 cu ft with the rear seat down, which provides some flexibility.

Standout Features and Warranty: The XC60 introduces a range of intuitive features, such as Google built in, an air purifier, a Bowers & Wilkins audio system and a head-up display to improve the driving experience. A comprehensive warranty policy adds to the XC60’s appeal, with three years of scheduled maintenance included.

Bottom Line:
The 2024 Volvo XC60 is a compelling choice for those seeking a luxury SUV that combines style, comfort and safety alongside advanced technology in a sophisticated package.

2024 Volvo XC60, from $46,900 (base price)

Best Midsize 2-Row SUV

2024 Honda Passport

The 2024 Honda Passport offers a spacious cabin and is well equipped from the base model up, striking a balance between practicality and premium features. “It’s a solid option for any family prioritizing space and standard features over luxury, fuel efficiency and driving excitement,” says Dorian. The Passport earned an 8.5 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award.

For 2024, the Passport has minor updates, including new all-terrain tire options for the TrailSport and a new, swankier Black Edition trim with a more upscale interior and heated steering wheel. We were most excited about the updated center console and its increased storage space as well as the Passport’s 5,000-pound towing capacity, which is enough to tow a small recreational boat or trailer and helps the vehicle live up to its get-out-there moniker.

The interior is functional and well-designed with generous cargo space. If you like a large infotainment screen, you might be underwhelmed by the somewhat compact 8.0-inch touchscreen, which is standard across all trims without any upgrade options. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, but they require a wired connection. Higher trims offer additional features like a Wi-Fi hotspot and an upgraded audio system.

Test Drive Results: GH road testers reported a comfortable drive experience and good agility behind the wheel along with impressive rear cargo space and a good amount of storage throughout.

Standout Features and Warranty: Our experts liked that leather detailing, a sunroof and all-wheel drive are standard across all trims along with Honda’s comprehensive suite of driver-assistance technologies. Honda’s warranty is competitive, with the added advantage of complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 24,000 miles.

Bottom Line:
The 2024 Honda Passport is a compelling package for those looking for a practical and spacious SUV that offers a good selection of features without the premium price of luxury rivals.

2024 Honda Passport, from $41,900 (base price)

Best Luxury Midsize 2-Row SUV

2024 Lincoln Nautilus

Thanks to a major update for 2024, the Lincoln Nautilus is now a bona fide award-worthy option in the midsize SUV segment — and it’s a first-time winner for GH. With an 8 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver, it’s gained a full 2.5 points over previous model years.

”It’s rare to see such a significant year-over-year increase,” says Dorian. “We’ve based our new and improved score on the 2024 Nautilus’s quiet cabin, well-isolated ride and deluxe features. This is now a cushy driving machine that perfectly suits Lincoln’s luxury ethos.”

So what’s new? The exterior has been given a luxurious fine tuning, all-wheel drive is standard across all trims and the interior is a significant upgrade over the previous model’s with more legroom and luxe materials throughout. Infotainment is packaged behind an expansive panoramic 48.0-inch digital display and an 11.1-inch touchscreen coupled with a 28-speaker Revel Ultima 3D audio system. The system also includes wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Safety features are comprehensive, with Lincoln’s Co-Pilot360 suite of 20+ driver-assist technologies standard on all models. These include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, pre-collision and pedestrian detection with automated braking, blind spot monitoring and more. Also, there are five drive modes to suit all types of road conditions.

Test Drive Results: GH testers noted a comfortable and cushy ride that made uneven pavement and potholes distinctly less noticeable. Most agreed that Normal mode was the most pleasant.

Standout Features and Warranty: BlueCruise hands-free highway driver-assist technology is standard, but perhaps even more appealing is an optional upgrade that turns your car into a spa on wheels. Dubbed Lincoln Rejuvenate, this feature allows you to create a self-care cocoon by making adjustments to interior lighting, seat position, screen visuals and in-seat massage. It even offers aromatherapy through scent cartridges in the center armrest. Lincoln’s warranty coverage is competitive, with a longer powertrain warranty than those of many rivals. The Black Label trim adds dealership perks, including complimentary scheduled maintenance for four years or 50,000 miles.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Lincoln Nautilus stands out as a well-equipped, spacious and technologically advanced luxury crossover. Its attractive entry price and rich mix of standard equipment make it a compelling choice for those seeking a reliable and upscale vehicle.

2024 Lincoln Nautilus, from $50,415 (base price)

Best Midsize 3-Row SUV

2024 Kia Telluride

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best midsize 3 row suv 2024 kia telluride
  • Miles Per Gallon: 20/26/22 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 7 or 8 seats

  • Available Trims: LX, S, EX, EX-X-Line, SX, SX X-Line, SX X-Pro, SX Prestige, SX Prestige X-Line, SX Prestige X-Pro

  • Length: 196.9 inches

Hang out in any parent group, urban or suburban, and inevitably you’ll find multiple Telluride owners. And for good reason: “The Telluride has the goods to satisfy a wide range of tastes, but most of all it is set up nicely to cater to families with its dominant shape, spacious three-row interior and thoughtful features,” says Dorian.

At GH, this is the third time we’ve recognized the Telluride with a Best New Family Car Award in the midsize three-row SUV category. It’s also one of two Kias among this year’s winning picks (along with the all-electric EV9). For five years straight it has earned all three of Car and Driver’s most prestigious accolades: a 10 out of 10 rating, a spot on the 2024 10 Best Trucks and SUVs list and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award.

For 2024, the Telluride maintains its strong position with minor exterior updates and new amber-colored daytime running lights on all models. It continues to impress with a roomy, upscale cabin and a generous helping of features, especially on higher trims. The Telluride shines with its 8.4 inches of ground clearance and a 5,500-pound towing capacity. Cargo space is ample, with room for plenty of luggage or gear.

Infotainment is handled by a 12.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and in-dash navigation. The Harman/Kardon audio system, dual sunroofs, heated and ventilated seats in the first- and second-row captain’s chairs and wireless smartphone charging are available options. A suite of standard driver-assistance features includes automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.

Test Drive Results: Experts and real-world reviewers offered glowing feedback across almost every category, noting smooth performance and precise handling. Cargo space and interior styling also earned high priase.

Standout Features and Warranty: The comprehensive combination of features in such an appealing package and at such a competitive price is the Telluride’s magic formula. We also still really like the “Passenger Talk” option that allows the driver to use a front-mounted microphone to speak to passengers in the third row via rear-mounted speakers — no yelling required. Kia’s warranty is among the best in the industry, including a lengthy powertrain warranty, though it doesn’t include complimentary scheduled maintenance like some competitors.

Bottom Line:
The 2024 Kia Telluride stands out as a top choice in the midsize SUV segment, offering style, comfort and versatility. It’s ideal for families who need size and scale and who desire a touch of luxury at a mainstream price.

2024 Kia Telluride, from $36,190 (base price)

Best Luxury Midsize 3-Row SUV

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

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best luxury midsize 3 row suv 2024 mercedes benz gls class
  • Miles Per Gallon: 19/24/21 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: up to 7 seats

  • Available Trims: GLS 450 SUV, GLS 580 SUV, Reserve

  • Length: 204.9 to 206 inches

The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class combines grand design with thoughtful luxury for a refined driving experience minus the bulkiness often associated with larger SUVs. From the ultra-posh interior to the seemingly unlimited tech, it’s backed by a brand promise that is steeped in luxury and legacy.

“Whether you’re shuttling your heirs to boarding school or hauling home a restock of your wine cellar, the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class has the space and refinement for such duties,” says Dorian, referencing the vehicle’s 8.5 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver.

This model year brings a refreshed look, enhanced power and a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. Its restyled exterior is both muscular and polished, featuring a new grille and sleek LED taillamps. Inside, the GLS-Class embraces cutting-edge technology with widescreen displays and advanced interfaces that feel intuitive from the start. Passengers will delight in the expansive sunroof’s light, enjoy the ambiance of 64-color lighting and relax in ventilated front seats. Optional upgrades include massaging seats and five-zone climate control, catering to the comfort of all occupants.

The cabin exudes timeless luxury with exquisite craftsmanship. Front seats are heated, ventilated and available with massage. The second row offers similar luxuries. Even the armrests can be heated! Ionizer-purified air can soothe the whole cabin with a subtle infusion of fragrance. Safety features are comprehensive, with standard automated emergency braking and available advanced driver-assistance systems.

Test Drive Results: Reviewers noted a smooth, steady and powerful ride, with some hybridization as well as an accommodating third row and generous cargo space. But mostly they raved about the interior comforts. “The seats! I just love the seats!” said one. “Though I was surprised that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto require a wired connection.”

Standout Features and Warranty: Spacious seating for seven adults comes standard, but Mercedes-Benz offers an option to switch to six seats featuring power second-row captain’s chairs for easier third-row access, a unique feature for families with teenagers or grown children who drive with them frequently. Mercedes-Benz offers a competitive warranty, but it falls short of the extended powertrain coverage provided by Cadillac and the complimentary maintenance offered by Lincoln.

Bottom Line:
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a luxurious and capable SUV that prioritizes style, comfort and advanced technology. While it may not be the most efficient or sporty option in its class, it delivers a high level of luxury that is sure to satisfy those looking for an undeniably high-end family vehicle fully stocked with amenities.

2024 Marcedes-Benz GLS-Class, from $87,000 (base price)

Best Boxy SUV

2024 Ford Bronco

The 2024 Ford Bronco stands out as a fun and adventurous SUV with an array of engine options, crowd-pleasing features and a noteworthy design that consumers can’t get enough of. Car pros love it too, with Car and Driver giving it a 9.5 out of 10 rating and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award. And for the second year in a row, we’re happy to recognize it with a GH Best New Family Car Award.

“The Bronco is one of the best mainstream vehicle choices for sporty families and outdoor enthusiasts,” says Dorian. “So much so that we’re willing to overlook the basic interior materials and noticeable road noise.”

The 2024 model year brings minimal design changes and more standard features on the higher trims, including a 12.0-inch infotainment screen, more drive modes, larger tires and a heavy-duty bumper. Inside, the Bronco offers a rugged yet functional cabin with innovative features like a dashboard rack for mounting devices. Storage space could be improved, and the infotainment system, while functional, may not be to everyone’s liking due to its Google-based platform.

Safety features are plentiful, with options that aid both on-road driving (like pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping assist) and off-road adventures (like a 360-degree camera with off-road views and hill descent control).

Test Drive Results: The Bronco provides a refined driving experience, with precise steering and the ability to tackle tough terrain. Our testing team also noted how comfortable it is for front- and second-row passengers and how versatile it is in a variety of on- and off-road conditions —not that the average family is off-roading all that often. While the Bronco comes in a two-door option, we don’t recommend it for families, as its means you sacrifice substantial convenience and cargo space. The 3,500-pound towing capacity feels limited.

Standout Features and Warranty: The roof panels (whether fabric or hard plastic) and the doors come off, creating a convertible-like experience in an SUV, which is really special and highly recommended! Ford’s warranty is standard for the category, but the absence of complimentary maintenance may be a downside for some buyers.

Bottom Line: The Ford Bronco is a top pick for those seeking adventure, combining off-road prowess with urban drivability and distinctive style.

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Best Luxury Boxy SUV

2024 Land Rover Defender 130

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best luxury boxy suv 2024 land rover defender 130
  • Miles Per Gallon: 17/21/19 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: Up to 8 seats

  • Available Trims: Defender 90 S, Defender 110 SE V8, Defender 130 S

  • Length: 211.7 inches

We have to admit it, we love this vehicle — and the 2024 Land Rover Defender keeps fueling our passion. A second-time winner in GH’s Best New Family Car Awards, the 130 is a superbly capable on- and off-roader that is high on substance and head-turning style.

“If you’re enamored with the idea of off-roading but can’t stomach living with an unrefined vehicle during your daily commute, consider the best-of-both-worlds Land Rover Defender,” says Dorian. It earned an 8 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver, with lower fuel efficiency being one drawback that kept it from getting a higher score.

The 2024 Defender 130 is packed with standard features and offers a range of configurations. Depending on the trim you can choose additional cargo space, various exterior customizations or a more powerful engine. The interior is both stylish and practical, with high-end materials and thoughtful tech features.

Infotainment is handled by a 10-inch touchscreen with an optional larger 11.4-inch display available. In either case, the interface is responsive, intuitive and very user-friendly. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard but require a wired connection. Safety features are comprehensive, with standard automated emergency braking and available adaptive cruise control.

Test Drive Results: Whether in the city or out on trails, our testers have spent weeks at the wheel of the Defender — and we can attest that it’s a popular conversation starter at school, soccer and summer camp drop-off. The Defender’s handling is confident, and its ride is smooth and comfortable. It’s also made for tailgating thanks to its expansive cargo area and can tow up to 8,200 pounds. Next time, we’re hooking up a trailer.

Standout Features and Warranty: In the 130 the rearmost row gets its own fixed sunroof. Though it doesn’t open, it lets in additional light and provides a glimpse of the sky, which everyone needs. Land Rover’s warranty is standard for the luxury class, but it lacks the complimentary maintenance offered by some competitors.

Bottom Line:
The 2024 Land Rover Defender is a compelling choice for those seeking an off-road-ready SUV that also provides a luxurious and tech-filled on-road experience with added creature comforts. Its blend of capability, comfort and style makes it a winning pick.

2024 Land Rover Defender 130, from $69,100 (base price)

Best Large SUV

2024 Chevrolet Tahoe

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best large suv 2024 chevrolet tahoe
  • Miles Per Gallon: 17/15/20 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 7 or 8 seats

  • Available Trims: LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, High Country

  • Length: 210.7 inches

The 2024 Chevrolet Tahoe upholds its reputation as a versatile full-size SUV that delivers a comfortable, quiet ride and a posh interior. It’s a practical choice for nearly any task — or any large, active family — and a repeat winner in GH’s Best New Family Car Awards.

“You can get a lot of bang for your buck with the Tahoe when it comes to its on-road handling and interior experience,” says Dorian. “But fuel efficiency isn’t its strong suit, so be prepared for higher fuel costs.” At Car and Driver, the 2024 model earned an 8.5 out of 10 rating and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award.

The Tahoe remains largely unchanged for the 2024 model year. Even at the most basic trim level, though, it offers offers plenty of standard features. The interior is spacious and luxurious, with high-quality materials, cloth or leather seats (depending on the trim) and abundant room for passengers and cargo. Standard heated and available ventilated front seats add comfort, along with available heated second-row seats. The infotainment system features a 10.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-Fi hotspot all available.

Standard safety features include lane departure warnings, lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, forward collision alert, a following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking and front and rear parking assistance. The Tahoe also features sliding second-row seats that can provide more room for third-row passengers and power-folding second- and third-row bench seats that allow for getting in or out more easily.

Test Drive Results: Testers remarked on the comfortable cabin and the spacious interior whether seated behind the wheel or in the back. Parallel parking took some practice, but that’s to be expected with such a large vehicle. Many appreciated the 13 different camera views available through the infotainment system that supports the Tahoe’s park-assist feature.

Standout Features and Warranty: If you have newer drivers in your household, you’ll appreciate Teen Driver mode, which gives you access to a suite of family-oriented safety measures to track and manage their driving habits when you aren’t in the vehicle. Chevrolet’s warranty is standard for the industry, but it lacks the complimentary maintenance offered by some competitors.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Chevrolet Tahoe is a compelling option for those seeking a full-size SUV that offers practicality, comfort and a good selection of standard features. It may not be the most fuel-efficient or thrilling to drive, but it delivers a high level of capability and capacity.

2024 Chevrolet Tahoe, from $56,200 (base price)

Best Luxury Large SUV

2024 Cadillac Escalade

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best luxury large suv 2024 cadillac escalade
  • Miles Per Gallon: 14/16/19 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 7 seats

  • Available Trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury Platinum, Sport Platinum, V-Series

  • Length: 211.9 to 227 inches (ESV)

For years, the Cadillac Escalade has prevailed as a prestigious and accomplished full-size luxury SUV thanks to its imposing stature, lavish interior and advanced technology. At almost 18 feet long and going up to 19 feet with the extended ESV model, the 2024 Escalade is the longest full-size SUV on the market. It’s an obvious choice for families who want an upscale ride to chauffeur large groups, lots of gear or both.

“If you’ve decided the Escalade is your sweet spot, our recommendation is to go big or go home,” says Dorian. “In other words, opt for the ultra-luxe Premium Luxury Platinum trim. You won’t be disappointed.” In fact, it’s unlikely that you’ll be disappointed with any trim, as the Escalade earned near-perfect scores from Car and Driver with a 9 out of 10 rating and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award.

The 2024 Escalade’s interior is luxurious and spacious, with high-quality materials and plenty of room for passengers and cargo. The digital dashboard features a curved OLED display, providing a high-tech and visually stunning infotainment experience. Safety features are abundant, with standard automated emergency braking and available adaptive cruise control with hands-free driving mode.

Test Drive Results: It’s bigger, boxier, longer, taller and wider than most of its rivals, which poses some obvious challenges for city driving. A few GH testers noted that it wouldn’t fit in their small personal garages or the parking garages they usually parked at. Many also noted that with the bulk came sacrifice of some driving agility and nimbleness, but the space gains outweighed the drawbacks as far as parents were concerned.

Standout Features and Warranty: Kid testers were most impressed by the available rear-seat entertainment package, which includes two 12.6-inch displays with streaming capabilities and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Cadillac’s warranty coverage is competitive, with an extended powertrain warranty. However, the complimentary maintenance is limited to the first visit.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Cadillac Escalade continues to be a top choice for those seeking a full-size luxury SUV offering a blend of opulence, technology and capability.

2024 Cadillac Escalade, from $81,895 (base price)

Best Electric SUV

2024 Kia EV9

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best electric suv 2024 kia ev9
  • Miles Per Gallon: 100/78/89 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Estimated Range: 304 miles

  • Seating: 6 or 7 seats

  • Available Trims: Light RWD, Light Long Range, Wind e-AWD, Land e-AWD, GT-Line e-AWD

  • Length: 197.2 to 197.4 inches

Brand new for 2024, the Kia EV9 emerges as one of the first truly family-friendly electric vehicles, offering three usable rows of seating, an attractive entry price and a decent driving range.

It received exceptional praise across the board from our colleagues at Car and Driver, including a glowing 10 out of 10 rating, a 2204 10 Best Trucks and SUVs Award and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award. “The Kia EV9 is the affordable three-row SUV that EV buyers have been waiting for, and it’s a total slam-dunk,” says Dorian.

With an exterior that borrows from and builds on Kia’s other crowd-pleasing SUV, the Telluride (also a 2024 GH Best New Family Car Awards winner), the all-electric EV9 strikes a balance between the familiar and the new. The front grille and headlight styling are decidedly more futuristic than those of the Telluride, while flush door handles and matte color options help deliver an elevated look. Also, like the Telluride, the EV9 boasts a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds. With its dedicated trailering mode, hauling your bigger toys requires even less effort.

Interior styling and features emphasize practicality, comfort and utility. Think ample legroom in every row, easy-wipe materials, impressive storage and cargo space, a digital cockpit boasting nearly 30 inches of combined displays and more. Both the first and the second row can have heated and ventilated seats, and the second-row lounge seat option comes with comfortable headrests and leg extensions. Use your voice and Amazon Alexa for features like remote start and climate control.

Safety features include forward collision-avoidance assistance, blind spot monitoring, highway driving assist and more.

Test Drive Results: GH reviewers found that neighbors and other drivers had lots of questions about the EV9 — it’s certainly a head-turning conversation starter. They noted that acceleration was swift and smooth while deceleration took some time to get used to in order to avoid any jerkiness. The gear shifter is located adjacent to the steering wheel, and one tester mentioned bumping it with their knee and accidentally shifting the vehicle into neutral during their test drive. “The cabin was notably quiet; outside road noise seemed to disappear,” said one tester.

Standout Features and Warranty: No charger, no problem. An onboard power generator can power up laptops, small appliances, outdoor projectors and even electric bikes. The EV9 also comes with 1,000 kWh of charging credits on the Electrify America network, which is equivalent to about 3,000 miles of driving range. Kia offers a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited warranty, which includes the EV9’s battery, though it doesn't include complimentary scheduled maintenance as Hyundai does.

Bottom Line: The Kia EV9 is a strong addition to the fully electric SUV segment. With a focus on utility; a comfortable, spacious interior; and a wide range of advanced technology, it’s an obvious winner for sustainability-minded families.

2024 Kia EV9, from $54,900 (base price)

Best Luxury Electric Crossover SUV

2024 Genesis Electrified GV70

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best luxury electric crossover suv 2024 genesis gv70 electrified
  • Miles Per Gallon: 236-mile range per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 5 seats

  • Available Trims: Advanced, Prestige

  • Length: 185.6 inches

In only its second year of production, the 2024 Genesis Electrified GV70 has improved substantially over its predecessor, which was already a great car. Now it’s a hands-down winner with an eye-catching upscale design, a spacious interior and ultra-luxe touches throughout.

”Fine materials line the Electrified GV70’s cabin, and the knurled glass shift knob looks and feels luxurious,” says Dorian. “We can only hope future model years offer a longer driving range and wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.” Still, it earned a 10 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver, a 2024 10 Best Trucks and SUVs Award and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award

For 2024, the Electrified GV70 has had minimal changes, with all models featuring a sophisticated design, a standard Wi-Fi hot spot and a richly appointed cabin. It offers a comfortable ride and agile handling, though the brake pedal feel could be improved for a more consistent driving experience. The interior mirrors the gas GV70 with its luxurious design, high-quality materials and generous cargo space. The infotainment system is anchored by a large touch screen and comes equipped with premium options like a Lexicon stereo system.

Safety features are abundant, with automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control all standard. Distinctive two-line LED headlights and taillights enhance visibility in sophisticated style.

Test Drive Results: Reviewers appreciated the sleek exterior silhouette and the clever placement of the car’s charging port, which is disguised in the front grille’s honeycomb design. “We loved playing with the driver modes,” said one tester. ”It allowed us to fine-tune the already comfortable ride to our preferred style.”

Standout Features and Warranty: In addition to its no-emission promise, Electrified GV70 uses yarn made from recycled plastic bottles and nets in some parts of the cabin, including seats. Electrified GV70 owners have access to three years of complimentary 30-minute DC Fast-Charging sessions through Electrify America. Genesis offers excellent warranty coverage, including a lengthy powertrain warranty and complimentary scheduled maintenance, outpacing most luxury competitors.

Bottom Line:
The Electrified GV70 is a stunning, well-appointed electric crossover SUV that suits the needs of urban families with its compelling mix of style, performance and luxury.

2024 Genesis Electrified GV70, from $66,450 (base price)

Best Hybrid SUV

2024 Lexus TX Hybrid

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best hybrid suv 2024 lexus tx hybrid
  • Miles Per Gallon: 27/28/27 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 6 seats

  • Available Trims: TX550h F Sport Performance Premium, TX550h F Sport Performance Luxury, TX550h+ Luxury

  • Length: 203.1 to 203.5 inches

New for 2024, the Lexus TX Hybrid brings more family-friendliness to the brand's lineup, with a focus on refined on-road performance and a comfortable, upscale interior. Choose from a regular hybrid or a plug-in hybrid, both of which promise dependable performance and improved fuel economy over the non-hybrid version.

“Seating for six means the TX Hybrid has room for your nuclear family plus some jump seats for two extra riders. The third row is roomy, but adults may find it lacking in the comfort department,” says Dorian. The TX Hybrid earned a 9 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver.

Picking up some exterior design elements from the larger Lexus GX, the 2024 TX Hybrid exudes a strength that imparts road-worthy confidence. Inside the cabin, you’ll find plenty of standard luxury items, including a power-adjustable steering column, power-adjustable heated front seats and ambient interior lighting. More luxurious features like ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel are available as options. A premium Mark Levinson stereo system and a giant moonroof can also be added. Infotainment is managed by a responsive 14.0-inch display running Lexus’s latest interface. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in-dash navigation and a wireless charging pad are standard.

Safety features are comprehensive, with standard automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.

Test Drive Results: Reviewers noted a smooth and pleasant drive on city streets and highways, with reliable handling. First and second-row seats were incredibly comfortable, with ample legroom, but the third-row was tighter. “I definitely appreciated the third row when it came to carting around my kiddo and his friends,” said one tester.

Standout Features and Warranty: The power rear door has an integrated kick sensor that allows you to control it with your foot when your hands are full. Thoughtful storage cubbies are strategically placed throughout, along with a good number of USB ports. The warranty includes complimentary maintenance for one year or 10,000 miles and covers hybrid components for ten years or 150,000 miles.

Bottom Line:
The 2024 Lexus TX Hybrid is a strong contender for buyers seeking a midsize luxury SUV with hybrid efficiency, ample passenger space and a host of modern features that cater to families.

2024 Lexus TX Hybrid, from $69,350 (base price)

Best Minivan

2024 Toyota Sienna

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best minivan 2024 toyota sienna
  • Miles Per Gallon: 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 7 or 8 seats

  • Available Trims: LE, XLE, XSE, Woodland, Limited, Platinum

  • Length: 204.3 inches

The 2024 Toyota Sienna, which has been hybrid-only for several model years, stands out for its class-leading fuel efficiency and spacious interior. It offers room for up to eight passengers and easy access to the rear rows, making it a practical and efficient choice for families.

“Be prepared for fewer interior configuration options than some competitors,” says Dorian. “But you’ll be rewarded with incredible fuel economy and modern convenience amenities geared toward families.” It earned a 9.5 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award.

For 2024, the Sienna sees minor updates, including a new XSE Premium trim with enhanced features and new color options. All models now feature darkened chrome headlamps. It has a segment standard towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The all-wheel-drive option is an inexpensive upgrade that enhances its capability in various driving conditions and feels like money well spent.

Second-row seats can’t be removed as in some competitors, but they’re designed to slide backward or forward to make more room for third-row passengers or stuff in the back. Infotainment is managed by a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Higher trims offer a premium JBL audio system and additional tech features like in-dash navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Safety features are comprehensive, with standard automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Our pros recommend the sporty XSE model, with its sunroof, premium audio and second-row captain’s chairs for those seeking a value-added balance of features and style.

Test Drive Results: Reviewers had a pleasant driving experience with secure handling and a smooth ride, noticing some engine noise on uphill road conditions. Many appreciated the added storage in the center console, noting that it offered a more SUV-like feel than the typical open floor plan of minivans.

Standout Features and Warranty: Front-row passengers can press a button on the touch screen display to make a built-in microphone transmit their voice through the rear speakers so everyone onboard can hear. If you opt for second-row captain’s chairs, they have built-in ottomans for added comfort. Toyota’s warranty coverage is competitive, with complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Toyota Sienna is a compelling choice for those seeking an efficient, family-friendly minivan with a comfortable interior and a host of standard features. While it may not offer the most luxurious ride or the most flexible interior configuration, its fuel efficiency and practicality make it a top pick.

2024 Toyota Sienna, from $37,685 (base price)

Best Station Wagon

2024 Subaru Outback

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best station wagon 2024 subaru outback
  • Miles Per Gallon: 26/32/28 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 5 seats

  • Available Trims: Base, Premium, Onyx, Limited, Touring, Onyx XT, Wilderness, Limited XT, Touring XT

  • Length: 191.3 to 191.9 inches

The Subaru Outback has long earned our praise for catering to adventurous families who care about safety, versatility and reliability. With multiple GH Best Family Car Awards under its belt, a 9 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award, it continues to lead the pack in the mainstream wagon segment.

“The Outback is the wagon of choice for value-minded families with outdoorsy lifestyles — and those who just want to look that way,” says Dorian. “It’s classic, current and timeless, with rugged good looks that have barely changed in over 10 years."

For 2024, the lineup carries over mostly unchanged, with only the Wilderness trim getting minor updates to its grille and front bumper. All nine trims have standard all-wheel drive and cargo space is consistent at 32.6 cubic feet with rear seats up and 75.6 cubic feet with rear seats down. Towing capacity ranges from 2,700 to 3,500 pounds.

On the inside, functionality and utility are prioritized in line with the Outback’s unpretentious ethos. The infotainment system is intuitive, with standard wired-only Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Leather-trimmed upholstery and a power tilt/sliding moonroof are available on some models but not the lower-end trims. Our pros like the Premium model for its balance of features and price, including key amenities like heated front seats and an 11.6-inch touchscreen.

Safety features are comprehensive, with standard automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and available blind-spot monitoring.

Test Drive Results: Real parents noted a reliable and straightforward drive experience, while the autos pros found that it lacked excitement. The engine can be noisy under heavy throttle, and Subaru’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) lacks the engagement of a traditional automatic or manual transmission.

Standout Features and Warranty: All trim levels come with a standard integrated roof rack with adjustable cross bars. A torque wrench for making adjustments is also included and sits in a handy storage space under the rear cargo floor. Subaru’s warranty coverage is competitive, but it lacks the complimentary scheduled maintenance offered by some rivals. In the case of Subaru, this might be less of a concern, as its lineup is known to have near-legendary reliability with many models hitting the 200,000-mile mark with just basic maintenance.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Subaru Outback Hybrid is a solid choice for those seeking an efficient, family-friendly vehicle with off-road capability and a comfortable interior. While it may not offer the most thrilling drive, its fuel efficiency and practicality make it a top pick in the segment.

2024 Subaru Outback, from $28,895 (base price)

Best Luxury Station Wagon

2024 Volvo V90 Cross Country

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volvo x90
  • Miles Per Gallon: 22/29/25 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 5 seats

  • Available Trims: Plus, Ultimate

  • Length: 195.2 inches

In a world dominated by SUVs, the 2024 Volvo V90 Cross Country stands out as an enticing upmarket alternative with notable advantages: Think handsome design, plentiful cargo space and an elegant cabin. Of course, Volvo is also synonymous with safety and sophisticated Scandinavian style. In back-to-back years we’ve honored it with a GH Best New Family Cars Award, and Car and Driver gave this year's model an 8.5 out of 10 rating plus a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award.

“The V90 Cross Country’s blend of elegance and practicality make it a standout choice for families seeking a vehicle that holds its own at summer camp drop-off or the country club,” says Dorian. “Nothing in its segment beats its cabin for comfort or available amenities.”

For 2024, the V90 Cross Country remains largely unchanged with standard all-wheel drive and two main trims to choose from. (On behalf of car buyers everywhere, thank you, Volvo for simplifying the decision-making process!) Our pros like the Ultimate trim for its most luxurious features like Nappa leather upholstery and a head-up display, but the added $10K+ it costs might not appeal to everyone. Fuel economy is decent for the regular gasoline models; if you upgrade to the plug-in hybrid Recharge, it increases to 58 mpg combined city and highway — more than double!

The interior offers a host of high-quality materials and an understated contemporary design. Cargo space is ample but not the largest in the wagon class, giving it more legroom for passengers. A 9-inch vertically oriented touchscreen is integrated into the dash. Bluetooth connectivity and in-car Wi-Fi are also standard.

Safety features are abundant with standard automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode.

Test Drive Results: The V90 Cross Country delivers a comfortable and competent driving experience, although it may not match the sportiness of some pricier rivals. The cabin is quiet and serene, and reviewers noted an “instant sense of calm” whether they were driving or just along for the ride.

Standout Features and Warranty: Google is seamlessly integrated into the infotainment system for easy access to maps, voice commands and music. Volvo’s warranty coverage is competitive, and the brand offers the longest period of complimentary scheduled maintenance in its class.

Bottom Line:
The 2024 Volvo V90 Cross Country is an elegant and well-crafted luxury wagon that offers a unique alternative to traditional SUVs. Its combination of style, comfort, and efficiency, along with a host of standard safety features, makes it a top pick for discerning buyers who value practicality but don’t want to sacrifice luxury.

2024 Volvo V90 Cross Country, from $59,800 (base price)

Best Pickup Truck

2024 Ram 1500

best pickup truck 2024 ram 1500
best pickup truck 2024 ram 1500

  • Miles Per Gallon: 20/26/23 (city/highway/combined) as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 5 or 6 seats

  • Available Trims: Tradesman, Tradesman HFE, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Rebel, Limited Longhorn, Limited

  • Length: 228.9 to 241.8 inches

Suburban and rural families might have greater need for a large pickup than urban families, but almost anybody can appreciate the higher sight lines and unmatched cargo space you get with one, so we like to include some top-tested winning picks in our Best New Family Car Awards even if this is a less common family vehicle.

Like its predecessors, the 2024 Ram 1500 merges capability with comfort, offering an array of engines, a high-quality cabin and superior ride quality. “The Ram 1500 is a truck that exists at the intersection of elbow grease and indulgence, combining capability and comfort in a way its rivals can’t quite match,” says Dorian. It checked all the boxes for Car and Driver, earning a 10 out of 10 rating, a spot on the 2024 10 Best Trucks and SUVs list and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award. It's also a multiyear winner for GH.

For the 2024 model year, the Ram 1500 is largely unchanged. If you wait fo the 2025 model year (reportably available any day now and not yet tested by GH), you’ll be treated to a fresh new look and impressive upgrades. The 2024 Ram 1500 offers eight configurations to fit various needs. Our pros like the Laramie and Rebel trims for their mix of features and affordability, with the Rebel offering additional off-road capabilities. Towing capacity is substantial.

The interior is one of the best in its class, with car-like detailing and lots of smart storage. Infotainment is handled by a responsive touchscreen system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The available 14.5-inch display and passenger-side screen add to the truck's tech-forward approach.

Safety features are abundant, with standard automated emergency braking and available adaptive cruise control with hands-free driving mode.

Test Drive Results: Mostly GH testers marvelled at the experience of driving a truck. But the pros were more practical, commenting on the impressive handling and the spacious, quiet interior.

Standout Features and Warranty: We appreciate innovative features like the split-folding tailgate and locking compartments built into the side of the pickup bed. If you tow anything, you’ll appreciate the available trailer reverse steering assistance function, which takes over controlling the truck’s steering wheel so you can steer the trailer with the trailer steering knob. Ram’s warranty coverage is standard for the industry, but the lack of complimentary scheduled maintenance is a notable omission compared with some rivals.

Bottom Line:The 2024 Ram 1500 offers a compelling blend of comfort, technology and capability. While it may not be the most fuel-efficient or the most capable in terms of towing, its luxurious interior and smooth ride make it an attractive option for those seeking a full-size pickup truck that can double as a family vehicle or a mobile office.

2024 Ram 1500, from $39,420 (base price)

Best Electric Pickup

2024 Ford F-150 Lightning

best electric pickup 2024 ford f150 lightning
best electric pickup 2024 ford f150 lightning
  • Miles Per Gallon: Up to 320-mile range as per EPA Fuel Economy

  • Seating: 5 seats

  • Available Trims: PRO, XLT, Flash, Lariat, Platinum, Limited-Edition Platinum Black

  • Length: 231.7 inches

The Ford F-150 Lightning brings style and strong performance to the seemingly exploding full-size electric pickup truck segment at a palatable price. ‘The Lightning is a superior version of an already good vehicle, with improved acceleration, strong road manners and a head-turning presence,” says Dorian. “Its spacious cabin and abundant storage make it a practical choice for a variety of families.” At Car and Driver, it earned a 9 out of 10 rating and a 2024 Editors’ Choice Award.

For 2024, the F-150 Lightning has gotten only minor updates, mostly with new upscale trim packages. While towing capacity maxes out at 10,000 pounds, hauling large loads over long distances has the potential to impact range negatively. Our experts recommend the Flash trim for its combination of features, including the larger infotainment screen, the extended-range battery and the Blue Cruise hands-free driving system.

The interior of the F-150 Lightning is similar to that of the traditional F-150. Infotainment is handled by a standard 12.0-inch touchscreen with Ford’s Sync 4 software, with a larger 15.5-inch display available on higher trims. Safety features are comprehensive, with standard automated emergency braking and available adaptive cruise control with hands-free driving mode.

Test Drive Results: Part of our test drive involved navigating narrow city streets, going onto highways and then winding through rural towns to visit a Christmas tree farm several. hours away. Not only did this provide us with a great chance to get familiar with the vehicle in a variety of road conditions but we were also able to cut down a fresh tree and haul it back to the city in the massive cargo area. The F-150 Lightning stood out in every aspect, with impressive power and easy-to-use instrumentation.

Standout Features and Warranty: The battery is big enough that when the Lightning is fully charged it can act as a power source for your tools, other EVs and even your house in a blackout. The massive frunk can hold up to a whopping 400 pounds. Ford’s warranty coverage is standard for the industry, but the electric vehicle components receive an eight-year/100,000-mile policy. No complimentary scheduled maintenance is included.

Bottom Line: The 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning offers an enticing mix of electric performance, pickup practicality and advanced technology. While it may not be the most affordable option and has some towing limitations, it reinforces Ford’s ability to innovate within its bestselling truck lineup and makes a strong case for the transition to electric.

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How We Tested

How We Tested

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How We Tested

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Checking Out the Usable Storage

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Photo credit: Rachel Rothman

Inspecting the Sensors on the Lincoln Navigator

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Photo credit: Rachel Rothman

Infotainment Screen Testing

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Photo credit: Rachel Rothman

Cool Mom Dropoff in the Land Rover Defender

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Photo credit: Rachel Rothman

Loading and Unloading All the Things

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Photo credit: Rachel Rothman

Genesis Off-Roading Adventure

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Photo credit: Rachel Rothman

Charging the BMW i4 in the Snow

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Photo credit: Brett Ber

Chrysler Pacifica Takes on Key West

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Photo credit: Brett Berk

Each year, we drive tens of thousands of miles on varied terrains and differing climates to ensure that the vehicles we're selecting are high-value, family-friendly vehicles.

We review safety ratings to help ensure that you can get safely from Point A to Point B, but we also take into account performance, comfort, technology and other amenities. This past year alone, our team assessed hundreds of car seat attachments; counted thousands of USB ports, loaded innumerable bags and gear into cargo areas, vacuumed the crevices of dozens of cars; and paired and unpaired each vehicle with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto where applicable. We also measured rearview mirrors and legroom, lowered and raised rear seats and waited at public EV charging stations, and the list goes on.

Here, more details on how we evaluate vehicles:


✔️ Transmission: We note the smoothness and reaction time of transmissions. Many are good while cruising, but we take note of how they work under varied loads (intermittent passing, mid-speed turns, etc.). We look not only at how responsive the transmissions are, but also at how well the computer is able to select the appropriate (upshift, downshift, CVT RPM range) gear.

✔️ Visibility: We evaluate each car’s forward-facing, side and rear visibility to see where blind spots (if any) are located.

✔️ Handling and maneuverability: After driving dozens of vehicles for hundreds of miles, we assess how nimble they are: the more maneuverable, the better!

✔️ Smoothness over bumps: We assess how well a vehicle can deal with bumps and potholes in the road without obtrusive noise.

✔️ Parking/Turning radius: We check the ability to park the car in a space that is approximately 19 feet long.


✔️ Ease of getting in and out: Low sports cars can require the driver to roll out of their seat to exit the vehicle, while higher-set cars such as crossovers make exiting more akin to getting out of a chair or stepping down from a stool. This factor is very important for the elderly and people with disabilities, and it is something we are mindful of while performing our evaluations.

✔️ Cupholders and console layout: Our analysts evaluate the position and layout of the cupholders and console controls with respect to the driver’s position. Are they easy to reach for the driver? Design focused on the driver is important in this scoring category.

✔️ Trunk space: We look at the size and usability of rear trunk space. Storage nets, spare tire placement and freedom from intrusions (e.g., from wheel wells, asymmetry, etc.) are also considered.

✔️ Car seat installation: We account for the location and accessibility of anchor points and other space requirements that make some cars easier to install car seats in than others.

✔️ Interior storage layout: Our team assesses the thoughtfulness of storage options throughout the car, taking into account overhead storage options, center console storage, door storage, back-of-seat storage and adequacy of cupholder options.

✔️ General comfort: We assess the general comfort in both the first and the second rows. We consider the ease of entering and exiting the second row, overall use of space and center legroom.


✔️ Ease of connecting a phone: We evaluate the phone system for the simplicity of Bluetooth or other setup, the ease of placing a call, the accessibility of controls and overall integration.

✔️ Display of infotainment: The media display placement is evaluated based on its clarity and orientation to the driver so as to obstruct their view or draw their attention away from the road. In the case of touch screens, whether the screen is within reach is considered. The primary display is evaluated for clarity, size, placement and field of view; the likeliness of obstruction by hands based on standard 10/2 placement' and the range of options. Good primary displays have large-font speedometers and are easy for the driver to see without taking their eyes off the road.

✔️ HVAC controls: The layout of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning is evaluated for its placement, simplicity and isolation from other controls that could be confused with them.

✔️ Steering wheel controls: Steering wheel controls (e.g. audio, media, voice and phone commands, cruise control, etc.) are rated more positively for clear placement, accurate symbols or words and categorization.

✔️ Exterior controls: Exterior controls (e.g., windshield wipers, lights, cruise control, etc.) are evaluated for their accessibility (both dash- and steering wheel– mounted, when applicable) function/usefulness and responsiveness (in the case of touch screens).


We are privileged to leverage the expertise and authority of the brilliant team at Car and Driver (also owned by our parent company, Hearst) to help support all our picks. This team has track-tested all the cars and performed both regimented and long-term rides and can attest to the reliability and practicality of these vehicles. They can provide us with metrics on acceleration, passing acceleration, noise while cruising and idle, braking and road holding. All of our winners have earned an 8 out of 10 or higher rating from Car and Driver.

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