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Kiplinger’s 2014 Top 10 Family Friendly Vehicles

Kiplinger’s 2014 Top 10 Family Friendly Vehicles

Kiplingers-Honda Accord (sticker: $22,745)—a Best New Model winner in 2013 (and Best in Class four of the past six years), the Accord boasts stellar resale values, a roomy interior and a standard rearview camera. Step up to the EX and you’ll get Honda’s innovative LaneWatch system, which shows a camera view of the passenger-side blind spot, to make highway exits a snap.

-Kia Optima (sticker: $22,300)—the Optima offers a superior blend of power and fuel efficiency, whether you pick the 192-horsepower base engine or the 274-horse turbocharged model, which gets extra kudos for having some of the highest resale values in its class.

-Ford Fusion (sticker: $22,795)—winner of a Best in Class award in our 2014 rankings, the Fusion has sporty driving dynamics, spacious interior and 16 cubic feet of cargo space. A collision-warning system is available on most models; other options include rear inflatable seat belts, lane-departure warning with a “lane keeping” system, blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert and automatic high beams.

-Volkswagen Passat TDI (sticker: $27,495)—as the only diesel option among our top values in family sedans, the Passat enjoys the best mileage of the bunch. With standard manual transmission, you can travel almost 800 miles on a single tank. Every TDI comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and a rearview camera.

-Honda Odyssey (sticker: $29,655)—our Best in Class minivan also gets the best fuel economy in its class. The Odyssey has the most cargo space and a standard rearview camera. It’s the only Top Safety Pick in the minivan brood, and it has an available collision-warning system. Spring for the top-of-the-line Touring Elite model and you get an integrated vacuum cleaner.

-Subaru Outback (sticker: $24,320)—standard all-wheel drive makes the Outback wagon a perennial pick for adventurous families. It’s grown taller over the years, giving you more ground clearance than most wagons. Enhanced 2014 features include EyeSight—which incorporates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane-departure warning—and is available in all but the base models.

-Mazda CX-5 (sticker: $22,225)—with the drivability of a sporty sedan and 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind second row, the Mazda CX-5 is ideal for families with a couple of kids. Pick the base 2.0-liter engine or the new 2.5-liter, and front- or all-wheel drive. Adaptive headlights and low-speed forward-collision warning are optional. The CX-5 won Best in Class for Small Crossovers in our 2014 car rankings.

-Subaru Forester (sticker: $22,820)—redesigned for 2014, the all-wheel drive Forester won Best New Small Crossover. The new generation of the compact crossover is slightly larger than the previous model, giving it more legroom and a bump up in cargo space. New features include anti-whiplash front seats, a driver’s knee airbag and an option collision-warning system.

-Toyota Highlander (sticker: $30,075)—Toyota’s Highlander is all-new for 2014. It’s available with a four- or six-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive, or with a six-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive. Seating for eight is standard, as are a rearview camera and airbags.

-Acura MDX (sticker: $43,185)—a redesign makes Acura’s cushy crossover even more family-friendly this year. Fuel economy is improved, LED lighting graces the MDX inside and out, acoustic glass keeps the cabin quiet, and a sliding second row of seats makes passenger space customizable, plus allows easy access to the third row. The MDX boasts more standard features than before, and it’s safe, too, with a rearview camera as a standard feature.




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