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2012 Ford Flex – Total Car Score ranks the 2012 Ford Flex 84.87, close behind the Chevy Traverse, but editors of TheCarConnection give it a 9.2 (out of 10) overall score, saying the Flex “has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features.”
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2012 Kia Optima – One of the few family cars in the mid-size segment with perfect safety scores, the 2012 Kia Optima (TCS of 84.74) has a European flair, fuel-efficient powertrain options, is an excellent value with a long list of standard features and a lengthy warranty. See why TheCarConnection gives it a somewhat higher score (8.6) here.
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2012 GMC Acadia – The GMC equivalent of the Chevy Traverse, the eight-passenger 2012 GMC Acadia, with a TCS score of 84.47, is “better for people than a big SUV and better than a minivan,” according to this review in TheCarConnection.
2012 Hyundai Sonata
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2012 Hyundai Sonata – Totally redesigned last year, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata, scoring 84.30 in TCS ranking “is one of those rare cars that does just about everything well.” The list includes good looks, wide range of powertrains, well-appointed and roomy interior, standard features that are optional in many competitors, near-perfect crash test scores and lengthy, comprehensive warranty. See TheCarConnection review here.
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2012 Honda Odyssey – Highest-scoring of all the minivans (80.84 TCS score), the 2012 Honda Odyssey offers families a large roster of useful amenities, lots of passenger and cargo space, class-leading child seat integration, easy-fold third-row seats and much more. TheCarConnection, meanwhile, rates the Odyssey at 8.6 (out of 10).
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2012 Toyota Sienna – Not far behind the Odyssey is the 2012 Toyota Sienna minivan, scoring 80.37 from TCS. Attributes families may find handy for road trips include the flexibility of seven- or eight-passenger seating, availability of all-wheel drive (the only minivan to offer this), versatile second- and third-row configurations, spirited V-6 engine and frugal four-cylinder option. Check out TheCarConnection review here.
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2012 Toyota Prius – Noting that the standard Prius is now joined by two new models, the Prius v and Prius Plug-In, and a third on the way, the Prius c, the 2012 Toyota Prius rates highly in TCS scoring with an overall 79.30 score. In TheCarConnection, editors give the Prius a 7.6 rating, saying it “remains the highest-mileage car offered in the U.S., and it’s a practical and capacious mid-size hatchback with room for five.”
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2012 Chrysler Town & Country – The final entry on the best family cars for road trips, the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, comes in at a 77.79 TCS score. Key family-friendly attributes include functionality, abundance of high-end features standard, spacious and well-designed cabin, Stow ‘n Go second-row seats and strong overall safety ratings. TheCarConnection finds the Chrysler Town & Country “fully equipped and a significant bargain compared to well-equipped minivans from Japan.”