family cars –

When we talk about family and cars, the situation cannot be discussed unless we relate to one another. Choosing the appropriate car for your family is often difficult and gives you headaches, as there are many things to be taken into account: from safety to luggage space, from easy handling to budget. So, as a parent, you can now receive some help when it comes to making the good decision when buying a car for your family: yesterday, Parents magazine and, the leading online resource for car buyers, have released the annual list of the Best Family Cars.

In order to make the best suggestions, the car experts have mainly analyzed the safety and reliability of hundreds of vehicles, they test-drove and compared prices and features, gathered opinions from parents who own or drive these vehicles in their daily life. But they haven’t ignored to test their performance, interior and exterior or family-related features (e.g. pop-up-tables, easy-loading trucks, power outlets for the family trips). After all this, they have chosen fifteen cars they consider that meet the demands of parents. They all come standard with a full set of front, side and side-curtain air bags, with anti lock brakes and electronic stability control.

This year the list includes seven now cars, which means that car manufacturers are preoccupied to design safe cars for this category of public too. In addition to this, Toyota, Honda and Ford each have three car models on the list.

So, the 15 Best Family Cars of 2011 are (the cars from each category is in ascending order by price):

Sedans 1. Hyundai Sonata

2. Honda Accord

3. Subaru Legacy

Budget 4. Ford Fiesta

5. Honda Fit

6. Mazda 3

Crossovers 7. Mazda 5

8. Toyota RAV4

9. Kia Sorento

High-Mileage 10. Toyota Prius

11. VW Golf TDI

12. Ford Fusion Hybrid

Big Cars 13. Toyota Sienna

14. Honda Odyssey

15. Ford Explorer

So, which one is your favorite?

[Source: Edmunds, Photos, Intro photo]

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