Top 15 Best Family Vehicles for 2011

Top 15 Best Family Vehicles for 2011 partnered with Parents magazine to pick the 15 vehicles best suited for family duty. Models in the family segment often tackle a wide range of responsibilities, from hauling small kids to toting gear. The picks on this list get the job done, whether you're looking for a sedan, a budget-priced model, a crossover, a fuel sipper or a minivan.

To compile the list, experts from both organizations evaluated hundreds of vehicles, placing primary focus on safety and reliability; each model's performance, interior, exterior, and availability of family-friendly features were also taken into consideration. Additionally, we consulted actual parents who own and drive these vehicles each day.

From best-in-class fuel efficiency to effortless handling to family-friendly features, each of these vehicles has something to offer the family-focused car shopper.


  1. Hyundai Sonata

    Hyundai Sonata

  2. Honda Accord

    Honda Accord

  3. Subaru Legacy

    Subaru Legacy


  1. Ford Fiesta

    Ford Fiesta

  2. Honda Fit

    Honda Fit

  3. Mazda 3

    Mazda 3

Crossovers/Compact Minivans

  1. Mazda 5

    Mazda 5

  2. Toyota RAV4

    Toyota RAV4

  3. Kia Sorento

    Kia Sorento

Fuel Sippers

  1. Toyota Prius

    Toyota Prius

  2. VW Golf TDI

    VW Golf TDI

  3. Ford Fusion Hybrid

    Ford Fusion Hybrid

Big Haulers

  1. Toyota Sienna

    Toyota Sienna

  2. Honda Odyssey

    Honda Odyssey

  3. Ford Explorer

    Ford Explorer

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