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Parents Says 4 Subaru Models Are The Best Picks For Families

Which are the ten best family cars of 2021? See why Parents magazine says the 2021 Subaru Forester, Crosstrek, Ascent, and Legacy are its top picks.
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When it comes to evaluating the best cars for families, who is better to give a thorough test to a vehicle than the parents driving them? Subaru scores four of Parents magazine 24 winning family cars and SUVs of 2021. The 2021 Subaru Forester compact SUV, 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid, 2021 Ascent 3-Row family hauler and 2021 Legacy sedan all win awards for 2021.

Parents magazine evaluated vehicles focusing on safety, comfort, convenience, features, and value and came up with 24 cars they think are best. You can check the Parents' complete list of vehicles here.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Ascent

Parents magazine says these models are the best vehicles for families and the reasons why. The Best for Road Trips: 2021 Subaru Forester is the best Two-Row SUV, and 2021 Subaru Ascent is the best in the Three-Row category. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid wins the best Two-Row Hybrid honor, and the Best All-Weather sedan is the 2021 Subaru Legacy.

Safety is a key to winning vehicles, and Parents relied on test scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Subaru scores the most top safety picks among all automakers in 2021, along with one other brand. Read the Torque News report here.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Ascent
2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Safety is where the Subaru brand puts an emphasis. It’s a core value for the Japanese automaker as they’ve focused on developing the top safety features, and they get top marks every year from the IIHS and NHTSA.

Parents magazine gives the nod to the 2021 Subaru Forester for its standard all-wheel-drive, high ground clearance, car-seat fit, and raised roof rails for kayaks and other gear on the premium trim ($27,795).

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid scored the highest marks for its easy steering, smooth braking, fuel efficiency (480 miles on a tank of gas), car seat fit, and Crosstrek’s lane-centering feature “that’s incredibly accurate.”

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Ascent

The 2021 Subaru Ascent family hauler wins the Three-Row category for its “perfectly executed” CVT automatic transmission, standard all-wheel-drive, car seat fit, and LED steering responsive headlights. They move in the direction you’re steering “so you can see better around corners at night.”

The 2021 Subaru Legacy is best in the Sedan category and is praised for its steering, standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, and excellent car seat fit.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Ascent
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Subaru scores four of Parents magazine The Best Family Cars of 2021. The 2021 Subaru Forester compact SUV, 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid, 2021 Ascent 3-Row family hauler, and 2021 Legacy sedan all get family honors for 2021.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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