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Best Family Cars of 2010

After judging hundreds of vehicles for performance, reliability, safety, and family-friendly features, they narrowed it down to 15 vehicles in five categories.

Parents Editor in Chief Dana Points showcased three of them on “The Early Show on Saturday Morning.”

And we have the complete list for you, as well.

All the cars on the list are budget-friendly: Five start at less than $20,000 and one starts at just $13,300. The Best Family Cars of 2010 feature will appear in the June 2010 issue of Parents magazine, which hits newsstands on May 15.

SEEN ON THE SHOW

From the Crossover category:

Honda CR-V

Starts at $21,545

MPG: 21 city/28 highway

Call it a compromise free crossover. The CR-V has a breezy, carlike feel and excellent handling. Its cozy cabin has two glove boxes and handy under-seat compartments to keep all your kids’ stuff organized. The rear seats fold down in various configurations, with minimal effort, to fit double strollers and science projects, and loading bulky gear is less laborious thanks to the superlight lift gate and low rear deck. We also like that even the base model comes with a folding center storage tray, front and rear power outlets, and a conversation mirror (which lets you see what’s going on in the backseat without having to turn around).

Features:

Compromise-free crossover

One of the best choices available in the all important areas of on-road drivability and practicality

Breezy, carlike feel and excellent handling

Our readers love the way it drives in all weather conditions

Cozy cabin with two glove boxes and handy under-seat compartments to keep all the kids’ stuff organized

Rear seats fold down in various configurations with minimal effort. Perfect to fit double strollers and other bulky gear.

Even the base model has: folding rear storage tray, front and rear power outlets and a conversation mirror which lets you see what’s going on in the backseat without turning around

From the Big Car Category:

Chevrolet Traverse

Starts at $29,224

MPG: 16 city/24 highway

It’s just as versatile as a minivan, but this sporty SUV has way more street cred. The Traverse is remarkably spacious, with seating for up to eight passengers and a third row that’s comfy even for grownups. The second row seats slide forward (perfect positioning for handing your kid his sippy) and back (for tweens who need more legroom). You can get a week’s vacation worth of luggage into the rear cargo well, and with the seats folded down this vehicle could almost double as a delivery van. Still, the sure handling will make you forget all about its size.

Feartures:

Its nimble handling almost makes you forget how big it is, until you realize that it’s .

Remarkably spacious with seating for up to 8 and a third row that’s comfortable enough for grown ups

The second row slides forward to put kids in perfect position for moms to easily hand back sippy cups or toys

If you’re heading out on a road trip, you could easily fit a week’s vacation worth of luggage into the rear cargo area

Base LS models come with OnStar, satellite radio, a six-speaker CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary audio jack and folding second and third row seats

From the Hybrid category:

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Starts at $27,625

MPG: 41 city/36 highway

Looking for a larger, plusher hybrid? Try the new Fusion, which was named 2010 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show. The ride is luxurious, and the snazzy cabin has power seats and soft ambient lighting. Your kids will love the voice activated Sync audio system, which plays music on command. You’ll appreciate the capless gas tank, which keeps your hands clean when you refuel. If you want to spend less, the non-hybrid Fusion starts at an affordable $20,000.

Features:

Great for green minded families who don’t want to sacrifice style, comfort or safety

Sportier than you expect a hybrid sedan to be

Can run on battery power alone up to 47 mph

Luxurious ride

Comfortable power seats

Soft ambient interior lighting

Keyless entry pad

Kids and parents will love the voice activated Sync system which plays music on command (this is a standard feature)

Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Price Starts at $22,830, MPG 30 city/41 highway

BUDGET

Honda Fit, Price Starts at $14,900, MPG 27 city/35 highway

Mazda 5, Price Starts at $18,510, MPG 21 city/28 highway

Kia Soul, Price Starts at $13,300, MPG 24 city/31 highway

CROSSOVERS

Chevrolet Equinox, Price Starts at $22,615, MPG 17 city/32 highway

Honda CR-V, Price Starts at $21,545, MPG 21 city/28 highway

Toyota RAV4, Price Starts at $21,675, MPG 19 city/28 highway

*Toyota has addressed the accelerator problem (which resulted in a recall for this model last January) in all new RAV4s being sold; we feel comfortable recommending it.

HYBRIDS

Toyota Prius, Price Starts at $22,800, MPG 51 city/48 highway

Honda Insight, Price Starts at $19,800, MPG 40 city/43 highway

* Toyota has addressed the braking problem (which resulted in a recall in February) in all new Prius models being sold; we feel comfortable recommending it.

BIG CARS

Ford Flex, Price Starts at $28,950, MPG 16 city/24 highway

Honda Odyssey, Price Starts at $26,805, MPG 16 city/24 highway

Chevrolet Traverse, Price Starts at $29,224, MPG 16 city





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