10 best rides with your family in mind
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10 best rides with your family in mind

10 best rides with your family in mind
Proud parents don’t have to consider only their kids when searching for a new car – there’s neighbor kids and various pets who need a lift too. Using factors like resale value and fuel efficiency, the editors at Kelley Blue Book made a list of the 10 best family vehicles for 2008. --Whitney Friedlander (Chrysler)
Chevrolet Malibu
2008 Chevrolet Malibu

Base price: $19,995

Base MPG: 22/30

Crash test NHTSA: 5-star front and side, 4-star rollover ratings IIHS: Good front/side

Seating: 5

Trunk space: 15.1 cubic ft.

KBB editors say: “The Malibu features a crash notification system that automatically contacts an OnStar representative immediately after an accident and can then quickly dispatch local emergency services.” (General Motors)
Chevrolet Tahoe
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe

Base price: $35,530

MPG: 14 / 19

Crash test NHTSA: 5-star front and side, 3-star rollover IIHS: Not tested

Seating: 9

Trunk space: 15.1 cubic ft.

KBB editors say: “Comfortable accommodations and surprisingly buttoned-down ride and handling help to deliver capability without compromise.” (General Motors)
Dodge Grand Caravan
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan

Base price: $22,520

MPG: 17/24

Crash test NHTSA: 5-star front and side, 4-star rollover IIHS: Average front/side

Seating: 7

Trunk space: 24.4 inches

KBB editors say: “Kid favorites include an available Swivel ‘n Go seating setup that configures into a table for four people, plus dual, independent video monitors that can display DVD movies, video games or satellite-based SIRIUS Backseat TV.” (Chrysler)
Ford Taurus X
2008 Ford Taurus X

Base price: $26,855

MPG: 15/22

Crash test NHTSA: 5-star front and side, 4-star rollover IIHS: Good front/side

Seating: 7

Trunk space: 15.8 cubic feet

KBB editors say: “With a lower stance than most of its competitors and a comprehensive set of passive and active safety features, the Taurus X has won accolades as one of the safest seven-passenger vehicles available.” (Ford)
Honda Odyssey
2008 Honda Odyssey

Base price: $25,860

MPG: 16/23

Crash test NHTSA: 5-star front and side, 4-star rollover IIHS: Good front/side

Seating: 7 to 8

Trunk space: 38.4 cubic feet

KBB editors say: “The Odyssey has taken top honors in the Minivan category in our Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards every year since 2003.” (Honda)
2008 Hyundai Veracruz
2008 Hyundai Veracruz

Base price: $26,900

MPG: 15/22

Crash test NHTSA: 5-star front and side, 4-star rollover IIHS: Good front/side

Seating: 7

Trunk space: 6.5 cubic feet

KBB editors say: “The quiet, comfortable, well-appointed Veracruz offers a long list of desirable options and is backed by a reassuringly comprehensive warranty that includes 100,000-mile powertrain coverage and five-year, 24-hour roadside assistance.” (Hyundai)
2008 Mazda CX-9
2008 Mazda CX-9

Base price: $29,400

MPG: 15/21

Crash test NHTSA: 5-star front and side, 4-star rollover IIHS: Not tested

Seating: 7

Trunk space: 17.2 cubic feet

KBB editors say: “Its sporty sheet metal accurately conveys its athletic demeanor, while the interior delivers all the features and functionality a family requires of such a vehicle.” (Ford)
Saturn Outlook
2008 Saturn Outlook

Base price: $28,995

MPG: 16/24

Crash test NHTSA: 5-star front and side, 4-star rollover IIHS: Not tested

Seating: 8

Trunk space: 19.7 cubic feet

KBB editors say: “Combining more interior room than a Chevy Tahoe with superior ride, handling and fuel economy, the seven- or eight-passenger Saturn Outlook full-size crossover represents the latest step in three-row family transportation.” (General Motors)
Subaru Outback
2008 Subaru Outback

Base price: $21,995

MPG: 19/26

Crash test NHTSA: 5-star front and side, 4-star rollover IIHS: Not tested

Seating: 5

Trunk space: 33.5 cubic feet

KBB editors say: “Combining SUV-like versatility with car-like ride, handling and efficiency, the oft-overlooked wagon makes a great family hauler.” (Subaru)
Toyota Highlander
2008 Toyota Highlander

Base price: $27,300

MPG: 17/23

Crash test NHTSA: 5-star driver, 4-star passenger front, 5-star side, 4-star rollover IIHS: Good front/side

Seating: 7

Trunk space: 10.3 cubic feet

KBB editors say:“It’s one of the most fuel-efficient three-row vehicles on the road, delivers car-like ride and handling and offers an impressive set of available in-cabin technologies.” (Toyota)
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