10 Best Family Cars for 2012

Families have to get around, right, so the latest round-up of 10 Best Family Cars for 2012 from Kelley Blue Book should be a must-read for moms and dads looking for the best all-around cars for family duty.

  • 2012 Honda CR-VThis compact crossover is a perennial best-seller, and for good reason. Completely redesigned for 2012, the Honda CR-V is more fuel-efficient than before, offers Real-time all-wheel drive and is one of the few crossovers with an available rear-seat entertainment system.
  • 2012 Ford Flex Boxy it may be, but that’s sure to distinguish the 2012 Ford Flex from the other mom- and dad-mobiles in the neighborhood.  Three rows of seating, EcoBoost V-6 engine and all-wheel drive are strong selling points for active families.
  • 2012 Subaru Outback for a tall wagon or crossover with perfect on-road and decent off-road capabilities, families can’t go wrong with the 2012 Subaru Outback. For starters, the Outback is standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 8.7-inches of ground clearance and an integrated roof rack.
  • 2012 Toyota Prius V – Need seating for five and want a green vehicle choice for the family? Maybe the original Prius wasn’t big enough, but the new variant, the 2012 Toyota Prius V, certainly may be. Combined 42 mpg fuel economy is a huge plus for this green family machine.
  • 2012 Volkswagen PassatDesigned for American tastes and built right here in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is larger than its predecessor and costs less. Families will also appreciate that and other attributes of this high-value sedan.
  • 2012 Chrysler 300  – Calling it a “screaming deal” for families looking for a full-size sedan, editors of Kelley Blue Book also call out the eco-minded V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission in the 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan, especially its under-$30,000 starting price.
  • 2012 Honda CivicTrue, the 2012 Honda Civic is a bit smaller than the typical family car, but as an economical and capable five-passenger vehicle, plus 39 mpg highway fuel economy, the Civic is definitely good-to-go for family duty.
  • 2012 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 – Need room for up to nine, the ability to haul plenty of gear and tow a boat or trailer up to 9,600 pounds? You’re in luck with the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 full-size SUV – and terrific people-hauler.
  • 2012 Kia Sorento – Three rows, seating for up to seven, 32 mpg highway fuel economy and a starting price under $24,000? That’s just the beginning of what the 2012 Kia Sorento offers families. Also check out the panoramic sunroof and voice-controlled infotainment system.
  • 2012 Honda Odyssey What would a 10 Best Family Cars for 2012 list be without a minivan on it? The 2012 Honda Odyssey makes this year’s top 10 list, principally for its seven-passenger capability, must-have sliding rear doors, flexible and roomy interior, and a host of other features that are both practical and desirable. A strong V-6 engine and competent road manners are other selling points.
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About Suzanne Kane

Suzanne Kane, an automotive writer with over 30 years of experience, covers the latest consumer, product and other auto-related information for iSeeCars. Originally from Michigan, with automotive roots going back through the family for decades with the original Big Three – GM, Ford, and Chrysler – Suzanne has always loved cars. You name it, and she’s either owned or driven it.

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