If you’ve got a brood consisting of five or more, you might be interested in this list of crossovers for growing families. Let’s face it. There comes a time when a sedan just won’t do, you’re not ready for a full-size sport utility, and a minivan isn’t in your world-view. Crossovers provide the perfect solution.

And they come in a wide variety, outfitted to suit just about every family’s tastes. Here, then, is our list of 2011 Crossovers for Growing Families:

The GM Troika

The 2011 GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, and Chevrolet Traverse – the so-called GM troika – seat seven or eight in three rows in total

comfort. In fact, the third row is spacious enough for six-foot-tall adults. Classified as premium midsize, these crossovers have stylish good looks, upscale interior, smooth ride, massive cargo capacity (115.9 cubic feet with second third rows folded down), good performance, available all-wheel drive (front-wheel drive is standard) and good fuel economy (EPA-estimated 17 mpg city/224 mpg highway). Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRPs) are affordable, too: $29,224 for Chevy Traverse, $31,840 for

GMC Acadia, and $35,615 for Buick Enclave.

2011 Mazda CX-9

Reviewers say the 2011 Mazda CX-9 is something of an anomaly. It’s a seven-seat, three-row crossover that’s actually fun to drive. While that may be a subjective opinion, there’s no getting around the facts. It’s a midsize crossover that’s big on performance (plenty of zoom-zoom character) and is among the newest in family-size crossovers. Great cargo capacity (maximum of 100.7 cubic feet), well-appointed interior, starting MSRP of $29,135 and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway are other standout selling points.

2011 Kia Sorento

Now that Kia ditched the Sorento’s previous truck-based platform, the 2011 Kia Sorento is one of the most powerful and comfortable-riding midsize crossovers available. Starting MSRP is just $19,615 – and for that, you get lots of standard features, including seating for up to seven. Of course, the standard engine is a four-cylinder, and the highest trim will set you back $29,095 to start, but Sorento offers class-leading warranty coverage, EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway (in the base model), and there’s available all-wheel drive.

2011 Ford Flex


The uniquely-styled 2011 Ford Flex won’t appeal to everyone, but it has its fans among growing families. The seven-passenger Flex is like an over-sized wagon with a twist. Powerful engine options, spacious third row, and high-tech features solidify Flex’s appeal for some families. Starting MSRP is $29,075 and fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway (front-wheel drive base engine).

2011 Ford Edge

Refreshed for 2011, the Ford Edge is another midsize crossover that accommodates five passengers. So, not big enough to fit larger families, but a good choice for some growing families. The interior, say reviewers, is exceptionally roomy and very family-friendly. Maximum cargo space is 68.9 cubic feet with the second row folded down (there’s no third row).  Starting MSRP is $27,220 for the front-wheel drive Edge SE (all-wheel drive is available). EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway (SEL and Limited models).

If you’re in the market for crossovers for growing families, give these seven a closer look. Better yet, take a test-drive with the family. You’re sure to find one that suits your needs.

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