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Top 10 Family Cars of 2011

Posted 3/4/2013 10:10 AM
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Top 10 Family Cars of 2011

These days more than ever families come in all shapes and sizes, so it only makes sense that the family vehicles of today follow suit. Whereas back in the dark recesses of time the typical family owned a sedan or station wagon, contemporary families can choose among SUVs, crossovers, minivans, wagons and hatchbacks in addition to the prosaic family sedan. Certainly, it is nice to have options, but a wide variety of choices can also make the choosing all the more difficult, so each year we at Kelley Blue Book put our collective heads together to sort out the Top 10 Family Cars.

Among the wealth of criteria we use 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 tops among them. Just as there is no perfect family, there is no perfect family vehicle that is right for all families all the time. But that being said, we believe that all of the worthy vehicles on this list will provide excellent service and a fine ownership experience for the families who choose to make them their own. Here, then, are our choices as the Top 10 Family Cars of 2011, presented largest to smallest.

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  • Most Fuel Efficient
    Based on fuel-economy estimates from the EPA
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  • Top Consumer Rated
    From current owners and other reviewers
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  • Best Safety Rated
    Based on government crash test data
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  • Highest Horsepower
    Cars and trucks that pack a punch
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  • Most Popular
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  • Most Expensive
    Based on's Fair Purchase Price
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