Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com announced today their 15 Best Family Cars for 2012. The vehicles chosen include a mix of high mileage cars as well as budget, crossover, eco-friendly and large family vehicles.
Hybrids fared well in the high mileage cars division, with the Prius V and Civic Hybrid making the list. This division was rounded up by Chevrolet’s Cruze Eco.
The sedan division also rewarded hybrid vehicles as it included the Camry family as well as the Kia Optima family. The division’s trio was rounded up by a nameplate offering a diesel engine, the Volkswagen Passat.
The choices came for the fifth consecutive year after 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. Every car on the list is equipped with antilock brakes, electronic stability control and a minimum of six air bags. Plus, a record 14 vehicles recommended by Parents/Edmunds.com earned a “Top Safety Pick” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
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 2012 feature will appear in the July issue of Parents magazine on newsstands June 12, and is now available online.
According to Parents and Edmunds.com, the 15 Best Family Cars of 2012 (and their MSRPs) are:
HIGH MILEAGE CARS
Toyota Prius V, starts at $26,400
Honda Civic Hybrid, starts at $24,200
Chevrolet Cruze Eco, starts at $19,245
Chevrolet Sonic, starts at $13,865
Ford Focus, starts at $16,500
Hyundai Elantra, starts at $15,345
Mazda 5, starts at $19,625
Kia Sorento, starts at $23,150
Honda CR-V, starts at $22,495
Volkswagen Passat, starts at $19,995
Toyota Camry, starts at $21,955
Kia Optima, starts at $21,000
Dodge Durango, starts at $28,995
Toyota Sienna, starts at $25,060
Honda Odyssey, starts at $28,375