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Best 2010 Family Cars

Updated on February 16, 2011

Finding the best family cars on the market is very important for today’s growing families. New parents need additional room for infants and cargo, while parents of school-aged children need more seating to get kids to all of the places that they need to be. At the same time, having a reliable vehicle is important to both families and single parents alike. Today’s family cars are designed with all of these things in mind. Some family cars even offer additional functionality that makes life easier for working parents on the go, including improved navigational systems, voice commands, and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free talking.

While not all of the best family cars of 2010 will be right for each family, there are several models that families have rated the best among existing family cars introduced in 2010. The first of these is the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. The most attractive thing about the Jetta is that it offers a luxury feel combined with the affordability and fuel economy of a compact car. The Jetta’s direct-injection engine and self-cleaning filter also helps to reduce emissions by up to 95 percent, making it an environmentally-friendly family car option as well.

2010 Volkswagon Getta
2010 Volkswagon Getta

For parents, the Jetta offers heated front seats and a touch screen navigational screen, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. For kids, there is enough room in the backseat for comfort, as well as rear heat and air. The convenience of three on-board AC outlets also makes road trips less chaotic for active families. The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta retails at just under $23,000 with all of the above features, but additional trim packages are also available.

The 2010 Honda Accord is a similar model of sedan that offers a comparable price and fuel economy to the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. Although the Accord may not come equipped with many of the cabin electronics of the Jetta, it still offers spacious comfort for both the front and back seats. The only drawback of the Accord for many people is that is still equipped with a less-powerful, four cylinder engine.

For families who need a little more room, the Mazda 5 is an affordable minivan alternative that doesn’t have quite the level of sticker shock that accompanies many of the more popular minivans on the market. Despite its compact exterior design, the Mazda 5 has a spacious interior for both children and adults. The second row captain’s chairs make riding in the back seat just as comfortable as riding shotgun for school-aged children. The second row seats also include fold-down meal trays and storage for games and books. Compared to other minivans, there is not a lot of on-board cargo room, but the third row seat does fold down for additional space. The Mazda 5 retails for just under $19,000, which is perfect for families on a budget.

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