5 Best 2011 SUVs for Families

If you are searching for a family-friendly midsize SUV, these 2011 models offer comfort, space, and performance. We have reviewed the reviews, and found the top 5 SUVs for families.

At the top of the list is the 2011 Ford Explorer. A mid-size SUV, the all-new 2011 Explorer was named the 2011 North American Truck of the Year. Don’t let the title of truck mislead you though; the Explorer has been redesigned with a more comfy interior and an expansive array of features. Improved fuel economy (17 City/25 Highway), enhanced performance, and successful blend of family-friendly on-road vehicle with rugged capable off-road SUV make it a great choice. Basic packages including 7-passenger seating and a V6 engine start at $28,190.

Another top pick is the 2011 Mazda CX-9. A mid-sized crossover SUV, the CX-9 has roomy seating for seven. The CX-9’s attractive, spacious interior and its solid, reliable quality; give it a car-like, family-friendly feel. The only cons might be the long rear doors that make a tight squeeze in small parking spaces, and the 20″ wheels on the Grand Touring model make the drive a little too bumpy. However gas mileage is slightly improved at 17 mpg City/24 Highway, with a 3.7 L V6 engine. Prices start at $29,135.

The Dodge Durango is a definite pick for the top 2011 family-friendly SUVs. The 2011 Durango was redesigned to offer a stylish and comfortable interior, three-row seating for seven, and improved handling and ride. With an awesome optional Hemi V8 engine, power is not a question. The 2011 Durango offers plenty of cargo space and good towing capacity. Gas mileage is about the same as other mid-size SUVs (16 city/23 highway), and starting price is about $29,195.

If extra seating and big engines aren’t a necessity, then the 2011 Honda CR-V should be a top pick for a family SUV. The CR-V is tried and true, and offers roomy passenger and cargo spaces, cool features, great handling, and better gas mileage (21 city/28 highway). The downsides are the smaller 2.4L, 4 cylinder engine in all models, and seating only for five. But as a good-looking, great performing crossover SUV, the Honda CR-V remains one of top family-friendly 2011 SUVs. Prices begin around $21,695.

Our final pick for the best 5 family 2011 SUVs is the Kia Sorento. Budget friendly, the redesigned 2011 Sorento provides upscale interior features along with 7-person seating and good performance. Even with the V6 engine, the Sorento’s gas mileage is better than some, with 20 city/27 highway. The 2011 Kia Sorento offers a more comfortable crossover design, but performs like a rugged SUV. Prices start at $20,995, making it a great value for all the comfort and power.


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Consumer Reports.org. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/april/cars/top-picks/family-suv/index.htm