The three cars, pictured above, seem to know exactly what ingredients make the best family cars. Ranging from the safest to the most luxurious, these car companies are some of the top rated family vehicles on the market right now.
First Place: The 2011 Subaru Forester
Pros: The federal government has not yet tested Subaru’s 2011 cross over, however, the 2010 model received top five-star scores for standard safety ratings such as: Driver and passenger protection in frontal crash tests, as well as front and rear-seat occupant protection in side crash tests. The government also awarded a four-star rollover score, indicating a mere 17 percent risk of rollover in a single vehicle crash. Likewise, the insurance industry endowed the Forester with a “Good” rating in roof strength tests and named it a “Top Safety Pick.”
The 2011 Forester gets 24 miles per gallon (MPG), and costs around 20,000 dollars (which makes it the cheapest of the three vehicles).
Cons: For families saving money this is a good option, however, it may not be the best option for large families, as the Subaru only seats 5 people.
Second Place – 2011 Audi Q5
Pros: Among a combination of expert automotive industry publications, the 2011 Q5 was the highest rated. It was also a Top Safety Pick across the insurance industry; this model includes key safety features like: Brake assist, child seat anchors, driver and passenger seat airbags, front fog lights, side and curtain airbags and traction control. As opposed to the Subaru, the Audi has a renowned reputation for drivability, an 8-speed automatic transmission and All-Wheel Drive. But like the Subaru, the Audi gets 24 miles per gallon.
Cons: The Q5 doesn’t do the environment any favors; it got a 58 out of 100 on aggregated expert green ratings. It also costs $35,000 ($15,000 more than the Subaru) and only seats 5 people.
Third Place – 2011 GMC Acadia Denali
Pros: This 2011 GMC Crossover is probably one of the most luxurious family cars on the market. It seats 8 and has the most interior features, which include things like: Hands-free calling, heated and cooled seating, rearview camera control, auto-dimming rearview mirrors and keyless ignition. The Denali also received some of the best safety ratings, mostly due to the center 3-point seating, child safety locks and post-collision safety system. The Denali is the only one of these three vehicles that has both all-wheel and 4-wheel drive.
Cons: Among aggregated expert ratings, the Denali was ranked the lowest of these three vehicles. It also only gets 21 MPG and is 43,200 dollars (23,200 more than the Subaru).
All in all, today’s auto industry has given families a multitude of options to choose from for their vehicles. Once a potential buyer finds what is important to them in their vehicle, they have the power to customize a search built to their needs, essentially finding a personalized automobile specific to their family.