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

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

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)
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)
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)
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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