The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the largest events on the automotive calendar each year. As always, a large portion of the attention falls on the competitive SUV/Crossover segment. This year more than ever, manufacturers are bringing their latest creations, ranging in size, price and ability. The SUV market is always considered to be the leader in terms of building family-friendly cars. Let’s take a look at the best new cars for families at the 2015 LA Auto Show.
The Best New Cars for Families at the 2015 LA Auto Show
2017 Infiniti QX30
Making its debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show, the QX30 is the first ever compact crossover from Infiniti. The interior comes well-appointed for the affordable price point and still features reasonable cargo space for family items. Look for the QX30 to hit showrooms next Summer as a 2017 model.
2016 BMW X1
The BMW X1 was considered one of the founding members of the luxury compact crossover segment when it made its initial U.S. debut in 2013. Brand new for 2016, the X1 is once again ready to be a prominent leader in the segment, offering expanded interior space and off-road capability for adventurous family use.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC
Yet another new entry into the Compact Crossover segment is the Mercedes-Benz GLC. The new model carries the design language of the bigger Mercedes offerings, but shrinks the package down to a size perfect for any young family. The GLC also features some of the same fantastic interior design offered in the C-Class.
2016 Lexus RX
Completely redesigned for 2016, the Lexus RX is again looking to be a leader in the Luxury Crossover segment. The new RX carries over the spindle grille design that graces the face of every other Lexus in the current lineup, and also offers a quiet, comfortable interior, making it a pleaser for families.
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The RAV4 has been a standout since its original debut more than two decades ago. Now, Toyota is improving the package by offering a hybrid power train as part of the new model lineup. The hybrid offers an impressive 33 combined mpg, making it a perfect family choice for any road trip.
2017 Cadillac XT5
The XT5 is Cadillac’s latest entry into the Luxury Crossover market. The car, according to Cadillac, features the newest generation of connectivity and safety technology. The XT5 also has ample space both in the rear seat and in the rear cargo area. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 also represents the first of four upcoming crossovers in the Cadillac lineup.
2016 Chevrolet Suburban
An option most appropriate for families of a larger size, the Chevrolet Suburban is selling in large volumes as it enters its second year in this generation. The Suburban features impressive new available technology such as mobile wireless phone charging via the center console. The Suburban also features expansive room for passengers with its three-row layout.
2016 Kia Sorento
The 2016 Kia Sorento represents a big push forward for the brand in the Crossover segment. In addition to a complete exterior overhaul, the interior of the car now features available upgrades like heated and ventilated front seats and the latest generation UVO media system.
2017 Audi Q7
The Q7 exhibits the latest Audi technological advancements, making it a leading contender for families looking in the Luxury Crossover market. The Q7 comes equipped with Audi’s latest MMI navigation system, which brings maps, audio information and many other features directly in front of the driver through a digital dashboard.
2017 Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar’s completely new F-Pace represents the most important vehicle for the brand in years. The F-Pace is Jaguar’s first ever SUV and is their debut in the crowded Luxury Crossover segment. The 2017 F-Pace will feature Jaguar’s latest in infotainment and offers exceptional interior space, especially considering the size of the overall vehicle.
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2016 Volvo XC90
When it made its recent debut, the Volvo XC90 became an immediate game-changer in the Premium and Luxury Crossover market. Interior features include an entirely new infotainment system, in addition to improved materials. Volvo also stands out as a safety leader in the field, which is a dominant theme in the XC90, making it a clear choice for families in the market for a high-premium CUV.
2016 Porsche Macan
The Porsche Macan is perhaps the greatest alternative to the standard "parent car." Built with Porsche in its DNA, the Macan is a Crossover that delivers in terms of driving enjoyment. Even with such a performance-oriented setup, the Macan still has enough available space to work in a family environment.