Smart Car Shopping: Five High-Performance Family Cars

September 28, 2010

Do kids equal "Camry?"  Does parenthood mean the end of loving what you drive?  Don't responsible adults get something with four cylinders, an automatic transmission and a suspension built from marshmallows as soon as they put soccer practice on the calendar?

Not necessarily. Learning what exactly the LATCH connectors do in your car doesn't have to mean giving up your love of driving.  There are a handful of nice, practical family cars that slot comfortably into the family budget, but let you downshift for power and take that winding on-ramp with just a little more speed than you'd want the kids to know about. 

These family sedans mean never having to say you're sorry to your ego:

2010 Subaru Legacy

2010 Subaru Legacy

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Subaru Legacy 2.5GT

The safety of all-wheel-drive.  The highest possible score in every government and insurance industry crash test.  And more interior space than almost any other mid-size sedan.  That's how you talk your more practical partner into the Subaru Legacy GT.  What you tell yourself?  About the 265-horsepower turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine?  About the six-speed stick?  About the balance that low-mounted boxer engine gives you when you throw it hard into a corner?  We won't tell.

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