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Sep 08

Top Family Cars – Consumer Picks

Edmunds has released their latest Consumer Favorites Poll findings, with drivers rating their top choices for “Best Family Vehicle.” At the top again this year, the Ford Explorer received 25% of the vote, out pacing its rivals by a large margin.  Tied for second, the Volvo XC90 and Toyota Highlander each only received 10% of the vote.

Check out the complete list of top family vehicles, as voted by you, the consumer, and what Edmunds has to say about each model:

1.   Ford ExplorerWith solid on-road dynamics, decent fuel efficiency and an accommodating, high-class cabin, the 2012 Ford Explorer is a top pick for a large crossover SUV.”

2.   Volvo XC90The 2012 Volvo XC90 is still a competent luxury crossover SUV, but newer choices might prove more appealing.”

3.   Toyota HighlanderThe 2012 Toyota Highlander is an excellent choice for a do-all family vehicle, though several competitors offer more interior space and utility.”

4.   Chevrolet TahoeThe 2012 Chevy Tahoe deserves strong consideration when shopping for a large, traditional SUV, thanks to its comfortable cabin, road manners and impressive towing capacity. But for pure passenger use, a large crossover might work out better.”

5.   Honda PilotThough the 2012 Honda Pilot boasts strong fuel economy and roomy accommodations, it’s outpaced by more well-rounded choices.”

6.    Honda OdysseyThough it can end up being expensive, the 2012 Honda Odyssey is a top pick for a minivan thanks to its highly versatile interior, long list of features and responsive handling.”

7.    Jeep Grand CherokeeWith its on-road refinement, well-trimmed cabin and traditional off-road ability, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a fully competitive midsize SUV.”

8.    Ford FlexThe 2012 Ford Flex has the space, the versatility, the features and the driving dynamics to make it a top choice among large family crossovers. However, the very thing that makes it extra appealing to some (styling) may drive others away.”

9.    Chevrolet Traverse – “With its stylish good looks, spacious cabin, carlike handling and decent fuel economy, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has much to offer buyers who need maximum passenger capacity in a more maneuverable package.”

10.   Toyota SiennaRoomy, comfortable, well-built and offered in several different flavors, the 2012 Toyota Sienna minivan is an excellent choice for larger families.”

11.   Mazda CX-9The 2012 Mazda CX-9 offers everything the typical family-friendly crossover does, plus a dash of spice in the form of driving excitement.”

12.   Subaru TribecaThe 2012 Subaru Tribeca has a few things going for it, but in the end most other midsize crossover SUVs will be better choices.”

13.   Kia SorentoNo longer simply just a good value, the 2012 Kia Sorento is now an excellent pick for a small or midsize crossover SUV.”

14.   Mazda Mazda5The sporty 2012 Mazda 5 should be just right for folks who don’t need all the size or space of a full-size minivan.”

15.   Hyundai VeracruzExceptional value, a nice interior and composed ride quality make the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz a good choice for shoppers seeking a midsize crossover SUV.”

16.   Kia Sedona – “Although still an excellent, feature-laden minivan, the 2012 Kia Sedona lags behind revamped rivals and begs for the upgrade treatment recently given to other Kia models.”

Visit Pfeiffer Used Cars’ Grand Rapids dealership to check out these and other affordable family-friendly options!

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