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Five Sexy Family Cars for 2011

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

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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.

Cadillac CTS-V

 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 XFR

2011 Jaguar XFR

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Jaguar XFR

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.

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Comments (9)
  1. An Equus is not sexy ...

  2. What kind of families are we talking about? I know my family can't afford a $100,000 car. How did the Taurus SHO not make the list? It boasts the same hp as the Equus, better MPG than all of them, and starts at $37,000. Doesn't that seem like an ideal family car? I don't think a story about family cars should only represent the upper class families (5% of society).

  3. With the exception of the hyundai, none of these cars are priced for the average middle class american family. Here are my picks for the more realistic sexy family cars.
    1. 2011 Chrysler 300, always sexy and available 6.0l 425hp V8 for half the price of most of the above cars.
    2. Audi A6, you have gotta see it in person, kinda pricy though.
    3. Hyundai Genesis, great styling and strong V6 lineup.
    4. Chev Malibu, economical and very handsome interior to compliment the exterior.
    5. Dodge Charger, not quite the sexy type but adds a musclular flare to the list many families will enjoy, plus the same powertrain as the 300.
    Who else wants to add?

  4. I would have to agree with Patrick although these cars are very nice this is clearly a very extravagant selection which are only available to the families of diplomats or the extremely wealthy... I did enjoy the article though.

  5. Hello to all--great comments and thank you. Granted, these cars are at the upper end, and the idea was to present a list of cars with mega-horsepower, dynamic handling and great exterior design. But as pointed out, there are some more affordable family cars that are also sexy. FCG will do a list that includes them. Thanks, again, for your input.

  6. I hope when you do that update, you add the new Volvo S60. It's a tremendous value over the German and some Japanese competitors, especially when you consider the family budget-friendly free maintenance for 5 years/60,000 miles.

  7. I agree with some of the other comments. The new 300 is good value, has a refined presence, and just sexy enough to make this list. I owned a Audi A6 Avant - a real looker and heaps cargo space. The Volvo S60 is a another good nominee for the list. How about a reader's choice?

  8. Our Sienna is sexy - especially when my wife drives it!

  9. Get a good car a cadillac!if that aint good enough the mercedes or even audi will will do ,I have no complaints and drive them for years!!

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