Consumers' Favorites: Best Family Vehicle
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Consumers' Favorites: Best Family Vehicle


As in polls past, the Ford Explorer was the clear favorite, grabbing a full 25 percent of your votes. Volvo's aging but still competitive XC90 and Toyota's fuel efficient Highlander tied for 2nd, with 10 percent apiece, while the workhorse Chevrolet Tahoe was right on their tailgates at 9 percent.

See how the rest of the field did in the full results below and make sure to exercise your right to vote in our next Consumers' Favorites poll.

  1. Ford Explorer

    1. Ford Explorer

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With solid on-road dynamics, decent fuel efficiency and an accommodating, high-class cabin, the 2012 Ford Explorer is a top pick for a large crossover SUV.

  2. Volvo XC90

    2. Volvo XC90

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Volvo XC90 is still a competent luxury crossover SUV, but newer choices might prove more appealing.

  3. Toyota Highlander

    3. Toyota Highlander

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Toyota Highlander is an excellent choice for a do-all family vehicle, though several competitors offer more interior space and utility.

  4. Chevrolet Tahoe

    4. Chevrolet Tahoe

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Chevy Tahoe deserves strong consideration when shopping for a large, traditional SUV, thanks to its comfortable cabin, road manners and impressive towing capacity. But for pure passenger use, a large crossover might work out better.

  5. Honda Pilot

    5. Honda Pilot

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Though the 2012 Honda Pilot boasts strong fuel economy and roomy accommodations, it's outpaced by more well-rounded choices.

  6. Honda Odyssey

    6. Honda Odyssey

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Though it can end up being expensive, the 2012 Honda Odyssey is a top pick for a minivan thanks to its highly versatile interior, long list of features and responsive handling.

  7. Jeep Grand Cherokee

    7. Jeep Grand Cherokee

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With its on-road refinement, well-trimmed cabin and traditional off-road ability, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a fully competitive midsize SUV.

  8. Ford Flex

    8. Ford Flex

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Ford Flex has the space, the versatility, the features and the driving dynamics to make it a top choice among large family crossovers. However, the very thing that makes it extra appealing to some (styling) may drive others away.

  9. Chevrolet Traverse

    9. Chevrolet Traverse

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With its stylish good looks, spacious cabin, carlike handling and decent fuel economy, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has much to offer buyers who need maximum passenger capacity in a more maneuverable package.

  10. Toyota Sienna

    10. Toyota Sienna

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Roomy, comfortable, well-built and offered in several different flavors, the 2012 Toyota Sienna minivan is an excellent choice for larger families.

  11. Mazda CX-9

    11. Mazda CX-9

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Mazda CX-9 offers everything the typical family-friendly crossover does, plus a dash of spice in the form of driving excitement.

  12. Subaru Tribeca

    12. Subaru Tribeca

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Subaru Tribeca has a few things going for it, but in the end most other midsize crossover SUVs will be better choices.

  13. Kia Sorento

    13. Kia Sorento

    What Edmunds.com says:
    No longer simply just a good value, the 2012 Kia Sorento is now an excellent pick for a small or midsize crossover SUV.

  14. Mazda MAZDA5

    14. Mazda MAZDA5

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The sporty 2012 Mazda 5 should be just right for folks who don't need all the size or space of a full-size minivan.

  15. Hyundai Veracruz

    15. Hyundai Veracruz

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Exceptional value, a nice interior and composed ride quality make the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz a good choice for shoppers seeking a midsize crossover SUV.

  16. Kia Sedona

    16. Kia Sedona

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Although still an excellent, feature-laden minivan, the 2012 Kia Sedona lags behind revamped rivals and begs for the upgrade treatment recently given to other Kia models.

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