If you have a family of five, want more room than a midsize sedan and don’t want to get into a crossover or SUV or wagon or even a minivan, consider the fact that large family sedans offer good value, mpg and packaging.
In fact, if you haven’t considered the full-size sedan recently, you’re in for a surprise. Not only are the new models being introduced for 2012 and 2013 extensively redesigned, they’re also roomier, more fuel efficient and offer the latest high-tech safety and convenience features.
Here we list a few of these large family sedans: good value, mpg and packaging included.
five passengers, including best-in-class front head and leg room, a spacious trunk with 16.3-cubic feet of cargo capacity. Power comes from a 293-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic. Fuel economy is estimated at 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway/23 mpg combined.
Standard equipment includes leather seating, heated front and rear seats, 10-way power driver’s seat, cooled glovebox, touch screen navigation with seven-inch screen and backup camera, along with nine airbags, vehicle stability management (combining electronic stability control with motor driven power steering), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with integrated brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
The all-new Avalon has leather interior, new front power seat design with increased side bolstering, more front headroom and a larger trunk (16.0 cubic feet of capacity). The Avalon comes with 10 standard airbags, paddle shifters, advanced telematics, vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, and smart-stop technology brake-override system. While Toyota hasn’t released powertrain details, expect the return of the 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. EPA fuel economy should be in the 19/28/23 mpg range (or better).
Optional safety features include a pre-collision system, rearview monitor, blind spot monitoring system and a new rear cross-traffic alert system. Pricing won’t be available until closer to its fall launch date, but the Avalon, which will be built in Georgetown, Kentucky, alongside its sibling, the midsize, is expected to be very competitive. The current 2012 Avalon starts at $33,195.
300C Luxury Series and SRT8 models, the 2012 Chrysler 300 is a step-up in luxury at affordable prices. Incidentally, pricing starts at $28,470 for the front-wheel drive (FWD) 300, up to $41,970 for the rear-wheel drive (RWD) 300C Luxury Series and $48,470 for the SRT8. The 300 is powered by a 292-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy s 19 mpg city/31 mpg highway/23 mpg combined.
Also check out the 2012, offering the same powertrain as the Chrysler 300 – and delivering equally impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19/31/23 mpg. Of course, you can step up to V-8 power, but with the V-6’s 292 horsepower, great fuel economy and prices starting at $25,495, there’s no need to opt for pavement-ripping power.
interior, super-quiet cabin, bolstered seats and premium materials help provide a comfortable ride and inviting environment. Three engines will be available, including the Ecotec 2.4-liter with eAssist that’s projected to deliver 35 mpg highway fuel economy, a 195-horsepower 2.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder, and the range-topping 303-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6. All engines are mated with six-speed automatic transmissions.
The all-new Chevy Impala will feature an impressive roster of standard and available safety features, including 10 standard airbags and OnStar. Available safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, rear camera, rear park assist, collision mitigation and full-speed range adaptive cruise control (these last two are Chevy firsts).