4. Volvo XC 60
MSRP: $35,750

Ordinarily, summer vacations are the domain of the Volvo wagon. Since Volvo killed off the last of its trademark wagons a few years back, however, the redesigned XC 60 crossover will have to do.

It's loaded with family-friendly safety features including a blind-spot warning system, antilock brakes, a low-speed collision avoidance system, pedestrian detection and a driver-attention monitor that issues a warning if the driver appears to be drowsy at the wheel. Secure in the knowledge that your family will likely make it through the trip unscathed, giving them spacious rear seats with built in booster seats for the kids and an available dual-screen rear DVD system should keep them content as well. Toss in Sirus XM satellite radio, HD Radio and Bluetooth hands-free communications up front, and you've one-upped the wagon in just about every way.

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