Family car buyers want and need to get the best-performing, safest and most fuel-efficient vehicles possible. For many American households, the choice of family car boils down to a large sedan. But which ones are the best?

As reported in Bloomberg and other outlets, in its latest round of testing, Consumer Reports took a look at the large family sedans. Here is how five large sedans scored in the group of new or recently redesigned large sedans tested, with their scores in parentheses.

 2012 Hyundai Genesis (92) – Highest-ranked of all the large sedans is the previously-tested Hyundai Genesis. The Genesis is also one of the publication’s recommended

 

 

 

 

cars, along with others in this class that include the Acura TL and Nissan Maxima.

 2012 Chrysler 300 (83) – The real surprise here is the second-place rating of the Chrysler 300. Redesigned in 2011, the Chrysler 300 flagship is “back on the map in the large sedan category,” said David Champion, who directed the magazine’s testing program. This year’s testing was the first to include the 300 with a six-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Consumer Reports hailed the 300’s sound handling, reasonably quick and appropriately weighted steering, quiet and “nicely trimmed” cabin, and controls that are relatively simple and easy to use. The publication didn’t give the Chrysler 300 a recommended endorsement yet due to insufficient reliability data on the redesigned model.

 2012 Hyundai Azera (81) – While noting that the redesigned 2012 Hyundai Azera is improved, particularly in the area of handling, Consumer Reports found that the Azera has a “stiff, unrefined ride which detracts from the car’s luxury intentions.” But the Azera scored a plus for its spacious and nicely finished interior. The 2012 Hyundai Azera went on sale earlier this year.

 2012 Buick LaCrosse (78) – Coming in close to the Hyundai Azera is the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist, the General Motors mild-hybrid system. The publication

 

 

 

 

described the Buick LaCrosse with eAssist as a “sophisticated modern sedan” with a luxurious interior, steady ride and responsive handling, noting that these are “qualities that haven’t usually been associated with the Buick nameplate.” The LaCrosse with eAssist scored best-in-class observed fuel economy of 26 mpg. Still, there are several items that drag the LaCrosse’s score down: busy dashboard, obscured sight lines, trunk space compromised by the hybrid’s battery, and narrow cockpit.

2013 Ford Taurus (64) – While the Ford Taurus large sedan is still praised for its smooth and quiet ride, Consumer Reports dinged the Taurus for its cramped interior, being prone to blind spots, and the “cumbersome” MyFord Touch infotainment and control system. The latter, says Consumer Reports, is what caused the score to drop just below the threshold for recommended status. One further note is that agility is not the strong suit of the 2013 Ford Taurus.

The full report appears in the October issue of Consumer Reports.

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