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Top 10 Family Cars of 2011
Best bests for families include hatchbacks, sedans, crossovers and SUVs
Since families now come in all shapes and sizes, it's a good thing the family vehicles of today follow suit. Whereas once the typical family owned a sedan or station wagon, contemporary families can also choose among SUVs, crossovers, minivans, wagons and hatchbacks. While it certainly can be nice to have options, a wide variety of choices can make the choosing all the more difficult, so each year, the editors of Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com pool their collective knowledge and expertise to decide the Top 10 Family Cars.
Among the wealth of criteria used in the spirited judging are the characteristics that make vehicles family friendly. Safety, comfort, economy of operation, child friendliness, a reasonable purchase price and good resale value are tops in the consideration process. The editors believe all the worthy vehicles on this year's list will provide excellent service and a fine ownership experience for the families that choose to make them their own.
Top 10 Family Cars of 2011
(Vehicles are listed in alphabetical order by brand. Links are included for CarTest.ca's reviews, where available.)
2011 Chevrolet Suburban
2011 Chevrolet Traverse
2011 Ford Flex
2011 Volkswagen Golf
“This year was especially difficult for the kbb.com editors to narrow down the Top 10 Family Cars of 2011 choices, as there is such a variety of new cars on the market today that have appealing features … capable versatility, value, safety and economical factors, to name a few,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for kbb.com.
“Just as there is no perfect family, there is no perfect family vehicle that is just right for all families, all the time. However, there are many great options available on the market today in various segments, and the editors chose a wide variety of what we feel are the Top 10 Family Cars that should be on every family's consideration list for 2011.”
For more information on each of the Top 10 Family Cars, visit www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/top-10-family-cars-of-2011.
Posted Sept. 10, 2011. ©CarTest.ca. Text and illustration: NAPSI.