2011 Ford Taurus
With a starting MSRP of $25,355, stylish design, stellar electronics, balanced ride, and IIHS Top Safety Pick designation, the 2011 Ford Taurus (redesigned in 2010) is an affordable, comfortable choice for family transportation that works equally well on long trips. Driver and front passenger enjoy 39.0 and 41.9 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively, while rear-seat occupants have 37.8/38.1 inches of headroom/legroom, respectively. Available in SE, SEL, Limited and high-performance SHO models, the 2011 Ford Taurus can be just about all things to all families. The Taurus is also available with AWD. The standard powerplant on all but Taurus SHO is the 263-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine making EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway (17/25 mpg with AWD). The SHO is powered by the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Need more info on this IIHS Top Safety Pick? Check out TheCarConnection review here.
2011 Buick LaCrosse
Reviewers praise its Lexus-like interior, sharp styling and pleasing performance and there’s no doubt that the 2011 Buick LaCrosse (2010 model pictured here) has its sights on Lexus buyers. Upscale enough to interest entry-level luxury sedan intenders, the 2011 Buick LaCrosse, while not a sporty sedan, is competent enough to provide standard luxury, comfort, and Zen-quiet interior for many families. It’s also another 2011 IIHS Top Safety Pick, always a consideration for family-safe vehicle choices. Two powerplants are available, depending on model: fuel-efficient 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder and more powerful 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine. What’s the headroom/legroom for front/rear seat passengers? In the front, there’s 38.0/41.0 inches of headroom/legroom, while in the rear, there’s 37.3/40.5 inches. Starting MSRP for the 2011 Buick LaCrosse is $26,995 (CX) up to $33,765 (CXS). The LaCrosse CXL AWD starts at $33,070.