Jack R. Nerad: March 17, 2017


Editors Name 12 Best New Family Vehicles;

For First Time Ever, No Sedans Featured on KBB.com’s Annual List

Jack R. Nerad
Executive Editorial Director & Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com


The expert editors at Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com) the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, recently named the 12 Best Family Cars of 2017.  After extensive testing and evaluation, with a keen focus on safety, value, reputation, driving manners, comfort and convenience, cargo versatility, technology, and fit of various rear-facing and forward-facing child safety car seats, the KBB.com editors recommend their choices for a diverse group of new vehicles that best meet the needs of today’s families.

The Kelley Blue Book editorial staff drives hundreds of new cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans every year, so their testing never stops. Specifically for this year’s Best Family Cars, they compiled a list of last year’s winners, along with the best of the new and redesigned 2017 models, and brought them together for a back-to-back testing regimen. Ten editors spent two weeks driving, poking, prodding and researching all of the Best Family Car contenders. The editors enlisted the help of their families to put this year’s contenders to the real-world test, and at the conclusion, a total of 12 new vehicles were deemed worthy of being named a Kelley Blue Book Best Family Car of 2017.  And while there are plenty of excellent, family focused luxury SUVs to recommend, the editors focused strictly on mainstream brands for this annual collection of KBB.com’s Best Family Cars. Starting prices for this year’s winners range from about $20,000 to the low $30,000 range, with only the Chevrolet Tahoe exceeding a $40,000 starting price.

Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, will be available for interview, revealing this year’s best family cars.  Nerad also will be able to discuss the trends among new vehicles in the auto industry, with a focus on what made this year’s 12 Best Family Car winners excel as leaders in new-car quality and value.


Jack R. Nerad is executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Nerad has spent decades in the automotive industry as a journalist, author and communicator. Nerad has appeared on a variety of national news programs, including the “Today Show,” “CBS Morning News” and “Fox and Friends.” For 22 years he co-hosted the most-listened-to auto-related radio program in the nation, “America on the Road.” Nerad has authored several books over the years, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying or Leasing a Car and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

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