Friday, February 15, 2008

Best Family Vehicles of 2008

Three-row 'Crossovers' are replacing the SUV and Minivan as the vehicle of choice for families. And the four-door sedan, too, such as the Chevrolet Malibu (pictured), which has been named 2008 Car of the Year.

That's according to Kelley Blue Book, which reviewed dozens of family-haulers and rated them for feautres like safety, roominess, fuel economy, affordability, and family-friendliness. These are the winners, all 2008 models, grouped by manufacturer:

  • Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Tahoe

  • Hyundai Veracruz

  • Mazda CX-9

  • Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Saturn Outlook

  • Ford Taurus X

  • Subaru Outback

  • Honda Odyssey

  • Toyota Highlander

Half of this list is made up of three-row crossover vehicles, which have come to represent the standard for family vehicles in 2008 by combining SUV-like functionality with car-like ride and handling. The rest of the list is sedan (Chevy Malibu), a wagon (Subaru Outback), an SUV (Chevy Tahoe) and two minivans.

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