Best Cars for Families 2011

Which vehicles are best for families?

Which vehicles are best for families? The answer depends on your budget and the size of your family, of course. But here are nine recommendations we hope will help you narrow your choice.

Whether you are in the market for a midsize sedan, crossover, minivan or wagon, these vehicles meet our family-friendly tests, and score high in our annual rankings (opens in new tab).

Each has a sticker price below $35,000 and respectable fuel economy. All did well in Kiplinger's road tests, have plenty of cargo space (for strollers and other gear) and have received positive reviews from parents. All vehicles also received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick designation -- meaning they get the top rating not only for front, side and rear crash tests but also for roof-strength rollover tests, and they have standard stability control. Traction control and six airbags are also standard on each.

Data comes from Kelley Blue Book's (opens in new tab) (new vehicle data from 4/11/11; resale values from March/April 2011 Kelley Blue Book® Residual Value Guide).

Written by Jessica Anderson

Produced by Andrea N. Browne