Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com Announce the 15 Best Family Cars for 2011

Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com Announce the 15 Best Family Cars for 2011


A Mix of Sedans, Budget Cars, Crossovers, Hybrids and Large Family Vehicles Make the List

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — June 6, 2011Parents magazine and Edmunds.com, the leading online resource for car buyers, today revealed their annual list of Best Family Cars. All fifteen of the cars on the list meet the demands of parents who have young kids, loads of gear to schlep, and tight budgets to balance. In order to formulate the list, the car experts from both organizations scrutinized hundreds of vehicles focusing on safety and reliability as top priorities. Each car was also judged on performance, interior, exterior, and family-friendly features.

The 2011 picks offer best-in-class fuel-efficiency, effortless handling, and features that make family trips more manageable, from pop-up-tables to easy-loading trucks to conveniently placed power outlets. As always, safety is also a major requirement. Every vehicle on the list comes standard with a full set of front, side, and side-curtain air bags, plus anti lock brakes and electronic stability control. In addition to test-driving, analyzing, and comparing prices and features, Parents and Edmunds.com consulted parents who own and drive these vehicles every day.

The Best Family Cars of 2011 feature appears in the July issue of Parents.

A total of seven cars are new to this year's list. Toyota, Honda and Ford each placed three vehicles on the list, tying for the most among all manufacturers.

According to Parents and Edmunds.com, the 15 Best Family Cars of 2011 are (* denotes new to the list for 2011):

Sedans
  • Hyundai Sonata* (starts at $19,195)
  • Honda Accord (starts at $21,180)
  • Subaru Legacy (starts at $19,995)
Budget
  • Ford Fiesta * (starts at $13,320)
  • Honda Fit (starts at $15,100)
  • Mazda 3* (starts at $15,400)
Crossovers
  • Mazda 5 (starts at $18,510)
  • Toyota RAV4 (starts at $21,925)
  • Kia Sorento * (starts at $20,995)
High-Mileage
  • Toyota Prius (starts at $22,800)
  • VW Golf TDI* (starts at $22,810)
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid (starts at $28,240)
Big Cars
  • Toyota Sienna* (starts at $24,460)
  • Honda Odyssey (starts at $27,800)
  • Ford Explorer * (starts at $28,190)

About Parents:

Parents, published monthly by Meredith Corporation, has been America's #1 family magazine for more than 80 years. Since its inception in 1926, it has been a trusted source by every generation of parents. Currently, the magazine is a powerful community of nearly 16 million readers devoted to supporting the efforts of parents, educators and other citizens who strive to make the world a better place for our children. Parents can be found online at www.parents.com.

About Edmunds.com, Inc. (http://www.edmunds.com/help/about/index.html)

Edmunds.com Inc. publishes Web sites that empower, engage and educate automotive consumers, enthusiasts and insiders. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, launched in 1995 as the first automotive information Web site and hosts the most established automotive community online. Its mobile site, accessible from any smartphone at www.edmunds.com, makes car pricing and other research tools available for car shoppers at dealerships and otherwise on the go. InsideLine.com is the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site. Its mobile site, accessible from any smartphone at www.insideline.com, features the wireless Web's highest quality car photos and videos. AutoObserver.com provides insightful automotive industry commentary and analysis. Edmunds.com Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit. Follow Edmunds.com on Twitter@edmunds and fan Edmunds.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/edmunds.

For more information about Parents, contact Colleen Schwartz at colleen.schwartz@meredith.com or 212.551.7033.

For more information about Edmunds.com, contact Jeannine Fallon at jfallon@edmunds.com or 310.309.4900.

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