Family Friendly SUVs For 2011

With many SUV options available, it can be confusing to choose a vehicle that suits the entire family. Safety is a primary concern and price is a significant factor. Others will consider fuel economy and horsepower when making SUV shopping decisions. Amenities can also be a prime focus for many families that spend a lot of time in the car, since standard packages can be limited. Still, even the most selective families will find a good fit among the top SUVs for 2011.

2011 Honda Pilot LX

Investing in a powerful, safe SUV doesn’t have to break the bank. The 2011 Honda Pilot LX was developed with special attention to those families on a budget, with standard models starting in the $28,045 to $29,645 range. Like many other Honda vehicles, the Pilot’s gas mileage is impressive with 17 miles per gallon for city driving and 23 on the highway.

Still, the Pilot doesn’t sacrifice safety or attractive amenities that come standard. Seating for eight and front-rear air conditioning ensures your passengers are comfortable. Three-point seat belts at all seating positions keeps them safe, as do the three row side curtain airbags and rollover sensor. Drivers will appreciate the Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition that offers turn-by-turn driving directions. A power tailgate with lift up glass hatch allows easy access to the seven cubic feet of cargo space.

2011 Ford Edge

With a price tag of $43,045 that includes numerous options, the 2011 Ford Edge offers one of the best fuel economy ratings in its class. This SUV’s 27 miles per gallon on the highway is almost unsurpassed for a V6 engine. The Edge’s SelectShift Automatic technology will appeal to drivers that prefer automatic transmissions; those who love to drive and feel a vehicle’s performance will appreciate the ability to switch to 6-speed manual operation.

Passengers will delight in the panoramic Vista Roof that comes standard on the Ford Edge. The front section fully opens or will tilt up for less air flow. Even those in the rear seating can enjoy the view with a fixed rear skylight. Drivers will find the high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps useful, as they shine whiter and brighter for better visibility during night driving.

2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class ML350 BlueTEC

If it’s luxury you seek when considering options for family SUVs, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC will not disappoint. Starting at $50,490 and up to $62,000 with full options, the ML350 abounds in amenities, such as separate cooling and heating systems for all of the power seats. The deluxe audio sound system comes complete with a CD and MP3 player.

Larger families may need to consider other options, as the ML350 seats five passengers, less than other SUV models. However, its fuel economy is in line with the best in the class at 25 miles per gallon on the highway. A unique climate system comes with the standard package, including automatic control and separate front drive/passenger controls, as well as interior dust and charcoal filters. A telescopic and tilting steering column allows drivers of all heights to operate in comfort. For safety, the ML350 features a tire pressure monitoring system and a comprehensive airbag system: The driver and front passenger airbags provide for dual stage deployment, while all passengers are protected with front and rear side head curtain airbags.

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

For the environmentally-conscious family, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid sets the standard as the one of the first full-sized SUV hybrids. Starting at $51,145, this SUV has one of the best fuel economy statistics in its class at 20 miles per gallon for city driving and 23 on the highway. It seats up to eight for larger families, while also offering convenient features such as rear parking assist to warn of objects behind the vehicle.

Two operating modes are available to drivers: one for low fuel consumption and a second for extra power when towing or driving uphill. The front console has room for a laptop and USB port, with a center screen that displays a power flow diagram to shows how the hybrid system is functioning. The standard package also includes XM Radio with three-month trial subscription and XM NavTraffic that works with GPS system to show live traffic updates.

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Honda Pilot LX

http://automobiles.honda.com/ shop/pilot.aspx?ef_id= 6QZNm0mrOFYAAIMb: 20110405165611:s

Ford Edge

http://www.ford.com/ crossovers/edge/?searchid= 426441|28124907|205370176

Mercedes ML 350

http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/ vehicles/compare/category- OVERVIEW?class=M&model= ML350BTC&year=2011

Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

http://www.chevrolet.com/ tahoe-family/?seo=goo_|_2009_ Chevy_X-Div_Segment_|_Hybrid_ SUV_Segment_|_Hybrid_SUV_HV_|_ hybrid_s.u.v.&utm_source= Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_ campaign=Segment-Chevy-Hybrid_ SUV_Segment_-_Phrase&utm_ content=Search&utm_term= hybrid_s.u.v.