2011 Cadillac CTS-V WagonEnlarge Photo
Who says you can’t have a family car that’s also sexy? And what qualifies a car as sexy, anyway? Beauty is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder, but plenty of horses under the hood also ranks right up there. Men and women alike appreciate a car with sleek good looks that can barrel down the road with ease – and some pretty impressive fuel economy as well.
That said, here are five sexy family cars for 2011 – at least, in FamilyCarGuide’s humble opinion.
With an exterior design that just looks awesome standing still, the five-passenger 2011 Cadillac CTS-V sedan (and wagon) also carries a monster-performer beneath the hood. Cadillac claims to have the fastest-production sedan in the world and the stats bear this out: track-tuned 556-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine and zero to 60 time of 3.9 seconds flat and Brembo brakes for massive stopping power. But the interior is also driver focused with hand cut-and-sewn accents, available RECARO performance seats, loads of standard safety and luxury features. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway. Cost for this high-performance classy chassis? The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V sedan starts at $63,465. Of course, you can get a regular CTS sedan with starting prices a bit more affordable at $35,165 – and a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Same great looks, a lot less performance. But since we’re talking ultimate sexy here, even in a family car, the CTS-V stands out in our book. Be sure to see The Car Connection review of the 2011 CTS-V where editors give it an 8 (out of 10) overall rating.
2011 Jaguar XFREnlarge Photo
How does a heart-pounding 510-horsepower 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine with adaptive dynamics and active differential control features sound? Exclusive to the top-of-the-line Jaguar XFR (the XF features the same engine rated at 385 horsepower), zero to 60 mph takes a scant 4.7 seconds. But the XFR’s stunning, taut lines and its luxurious interior with just about everything standard are equally compelling. Of course, all this performance, good looks and luxury doesn’t come cheap. The 2011 Jaguar XFR starts at $79,600. Oh, and it gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway – not bad for this family rocket sedan. Check out The Car Connection review of the 2011 Jaguar XF penned by Bengt Halvorson.