5 Family Vehicles to Save the Environment and Your Wallet

Summer is just around the corner. That means vacations and a lot of driving. With gas prices on the rise, fuel-efficient vehicles are becoming more popular. Below is my top 5 list of family-oriented and gas-friendly vehicles under $30,000.

2011 Toyota Prius
MPG: 51 city/48 hwy
MSRP from : $22,120
Review : Edmunds.com: link
Summary: The 2011 Toyota Prius is my top pick for best family and fuel friendly vehicle. This is the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the list. With 51 miles per gallon in the city, you’ll fill up about half as often as most cars. The Prius is also versatile. It has 4 doors plus a hatchback. The rear seats split and fold (60/40). The Prius I base model has few options. You’ll have to upgrade to the higher models to get amenities such as keyless entry, CD player, etc. Overall, this is a great family vehicle that will save you money at the pump. Starting at $22,120, it is also very affordable.

2011 Honda Insight
MPG: 40 city/43 hwy
MSRP from : $18,200
Review : Edmunds.com: link
Summary: The 2011 Honda Insight is the next pick on the list. This is the least expensive car of the group. The Honda Insight is very similar to the Toyota Prius. Other than price, however, the Prius is a better car. Nonetheless, the Honda Insight is still a top pick. The top-level EX model has a base MSRP of $21,490 (less than the base level Prius). So you’ll get a lot of options for the money with the Honda Insight. You also get Honda reliability.

2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
MPG: 40 city/43 hwy
MSRP from : $23,950
Review : Edmunds.com: link
Summary: The 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid is another good choice for a family-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicle. If you’re in the market for a compact sedan, make sure you look at the Civic Hybrid. It has very good gas mileage (40 city/43 hwy). Starting at $23,950, the Civic Hybrid is affordable. Most of all, this is a Honda Civic, one of the best compact sedans in the market.

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
MPG: 35 city/40 hwy
MSRP from : $25,795
Review : Edmunds.com: link
Summary: The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid doesn’t have the best fuel economy, nor is it the most affordable car on this list. But the Sonata is a great family car. This 4-door midsize sedan is roomy and comfortable. It should be, since this is one of the biggest cars on the list. The Sonata’s engine performs well for a hybrid. The tradeoff is fuel economy. It is the least fuel-efficient car on the list. Overall, the Hyundai Sonata is still a good choice for families. If you’re looking for a midsized sedan, this could be your personal top pick.

2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid
MPG: 41 city/36 hwy
MSRP from : $28,340
Review : Edmunds.com: link
Summary: The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid is the biggest (just edging out the Sonata) and most expensive car on the list. But for a car of this size, price, and fuel economy, it is worth considering. Like the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the Ford Fusion Hybrid is a 4-door midsized sedan. It has very good gas mileage for a car of this size. It is also more refined than the other hybrid cars on the list. With a $28,340 starting price tag, we expect that to be the case.

These are my top 5 family-friendly and fuel-efficient cars for under $30,000. See the reviews of these cars on Edmunds.com. You owe it to yourself (and the environment) to check these cars out.

1. Edmunds.com, “New Cars”, http://www.edmunds.com/