Green Choices Rewarded For 15 Best 2012 Family Cars

Parents Magazine and 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/ 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 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, the 15 Best Family Cars of 2012 (and their MSRPs) are:


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

  • Van

    Honda and Toyota each have three vehicles on the list and if we combine Kia and Hyundai, so do the Korean innovators. And the Sonic, where exactly is that made? :)

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  • javolm

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  • Chris Brown

    I want to buy a good mileage cars in India. these models are good in mileage and i wish to buy so pls send more details about this car…