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Kelley Blue Book has just announced the best family cars of 2018. So if you’re in the market for a new ride, now’s the time to start looking. Yeah, yeah, long gone are the days when you could point and click a car off of Craigslist without really caring whether it had side curtain airbags or automatic braking. But now that you’re a mama, you want more. And we’ve got the lowdown on the awesome autos that parents are gonna crave.

When it comes to what you will want, it’s apparently all about how technology can help make your car better — and safer. Jason Allan, managing editor for Kelley Blue Book said (of what’s on tap for 2018), “The biggest news this year might be the mass proliferation of safety, assist and entertainment technologies across these mainstream people-movers.”

That means, you’ll see some pretty spectacular advances in regular ol’ cars and minivans. Forget about the pricey luxe models. Perks such as smart cruise control and automatic braking are becoming increasingly common in some of the major car brands.

Which care made the KBB’s best list? If your ever-expanding brood requires a minivan the top three for 2018 are:

1. Chrysler Pacifica
2. Honda Odyssey
3. Toyota Sienna

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If you can make do with a two-row SUV, the 2018 best ones for families are:

1. Chevrolet Equinox
2. Honda CR-V
3. Subaru Outback

Families who need a three-row SUV, but can still fit in a mid-size model might want to check out these 2018 top picks:

1. Chevrolet Traverse
2. Honda Pilot
3. Toyota Highlander
4. Volkswagen Atlas

And if you need a three-row that’s full-sized, the top SUV honors go to:

1. Chevrolet Tahoe
2. Ford Expedition

To see and learn more about any of the standout family vehicles above, visit Kelley Blue Book’s 12 Best Family Cars of 2018.

Are you shopping for a new car? What features are most important for you and your family? Share your must-have’s in the comments below.