The Best Family Cars of 2011

NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Looking for a car that fits your family and needs? KellyBlueBook.com offers some suggestions in its annual list of the top ten family cars for 2011, released Wednesday. 

The vehicle valuation site selected cars that had adequate safety features, a family-sized carrying capacity, an affordable price tag and residual low cost of ownership. It also considered a car’s fuel economy, but on a passenger-by-passenger basis. 

“This year was especially difficult for the kbb.com editors to narrow down the Top 10 Family Cars of 2011 choices, as there is such a variety of new cars on the market today that have appealing features for the American family—capable versatility, value, safety and economical factors, to name a few,” Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book, said.

With so many wheels to choose from, families don’t have to settle for a station wagon.

“All of the vehicles that made the list are a good choice for families,” Nerad told MainStreet, adding that while the selected cars are listed by size, one isn’t necessarily better than another. “The best choice for a particular family will depend on their size and their pricing need.”  

A family of four might get around in the 2011 Volkswagon Golf, a two-door hatchback that for $18,390 carries the lowest price tag on the list.  A Jon-and-Kate-Plus-8 size family, however, may need to spring for the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, which costs $29,219, but seats up to eight passengers.

Check out the other cars on the list:

2011 Chevrolet Suburban: The four-door large sports utility vehicle seats up to nine passengers, has 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space and tows up to 9,600 pounds. Estimated retail price: $39,781

2011 Honda Odyssey: The four-door minivan has a built-in entertainment system with an extra-wide 16-inch rear video display that can show two movies at once. Estimated retail price: $26,980

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