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Best Cars for Families

Here it is! The big list of grown up cars you thought you’d never say you wanted to buy. But now you do.  To my dismay, missing from the list was “The Swagger Wagon“.  If there were an award for best flipping over of a tea party table, the Toyota Sienna would win it all the way.  However, apparently U.S. News didn’t have that category top of mind when creating their “2012 Best Cars for Families” list.

The #1 top of mind issue for me when it comes to cars? Safety. Even more so since my husbands car accident. I want to know that whatever vehicle my family is rolling in is ready for the apocalypse.  Safety is definitely one of the factors they use to build this list. However, I’d like to see which vehicle is #1 overall for safey.

Here they are (drumroll please):


2012 Best Cars for Families U.S. News


For each category, the winning vehicle has the best combination of positive reviews from the automotive press, safety and reliability ratings, passenger and cargo space, as well as available features that are helpful for families. – U.S. News


If money were no object, and you could walk into a dealership (or your car purchasing arena of your choice) today, what vehicle would you choose and why?

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  1. Mattie 02/06/2012 at 8:42 pm

    I would go with two cars. The one I have is a Toyota Land Cruiser. 8 seats, diff. lockers, limited slip diffs, 5-inch lift. Sweet ride to go camping and jeeping in. But sometimes it would be fun to ride without the kids. That’s where my BMW Z3 Royal blue, would come in.

  2. Carina Wytiaz 02/04/2012 at 2:41 am

    I want a Toyota Highlander Hybrid or a Ford Flex. I want them so bad (three car seats in the back of sedan will do that to you.)

  3. Raejean 02/02/2012 at 2:16 pm

    I’d buy my Nissan Armada again – just newer!

  4. Erica Fehrman 02/02/2012 at 10:24 am

    I’d get a Ford Flex. Third row seat with style.

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  6. Shelly Knight 02/01/2012 at 10:23 am

    Convertible bug, because I had an old one. The practical side of me, and the one needing a 3-car garage to make it happen, would say a new Subaru Outback Wagon.

    • Rachael 02/01/2012 at 10:40 am

      Ah a bug would be super fun! We have an Outback now, but I’d take a new one in a heartbeat!

  7. Jake Spurlock 02/01/2012 at 9:41 am

    Tesla Model S…

    Only 50K, seating for five adults + two kids…



    Huge touchscreen.

    Do I need to keep going? 😉

    • Rachael 02/01/2012 at 10:39 am

      Yes you do!

      How would it handle in the snow? AWD or 4WD with those? And how safe are they? I want bullet proof!