I came across the below article from Kelly Blue Book, a useful source on car values when purchasing a vehicle.

I couldn’t help but think how great it is that family remains a concept around which we make purchases. The retail industry, whether it’s auto or not, recognizes that family is important to consumers and so focuses on that ideal.

There is strength in the family. Which is one of the reasons that Rick Stroud Auto Repair is proud to be a family owned and operated, vehicle maintenance shop. Not only do we recognize the value of family, we live it out in our lives.



(NAPSI)—Since families now come in all shapes and sizes, it’s a good thing the family vehicles of today follow suit. Whereas once the typical family owned a sedan or station wagon, contemporary families can also choose among SUVs, crossovers, minivans, wagons and hatchbacks. While it certainly can be nice to have options, a wide variety of choices can make the choosing all the more difficult, so each year, the editors of Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com pool their collective knowledge and expertise to decide the Top 10 Family Cars.

Among the wealth of criteria used in the spirited judging are the characteristics that make vehicles family friendly. Safety, comfort, economy of operation, child friendliness, a reasonable purchase price and good resale value are tops in the consideration process. The editors believe all the worthy vehicles on this year’s list will provide excellent service and a fine ownership experience for the families that choose to make them their own.

Top 10 Family Cars of 2011

2011 Chevrolet Suburban

2011 Chevrolet Traverse

2011 Chrysler 300

2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Ford Flex

2011 Honda Odyssey

2011 Hyundai Sonata

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2011 Kia Sorento

2011 Volkswagen Golf

Vehicles listed in alphabetical order by brand.

“This year was especially difficult for the kbb.com editors to narrow down the Top 10 Family Cars of 2011 choices, as there is such a variety of new cars on the market today that have appealing features for the American family; capable versatility, value, safety and economical factors, to name a few,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for kbb.com. “Just as there is no perfect family, there is no perfect family vehicle that is just right for all families, all the time. However, there are many great options available on the market today in various segments, and the kbb.com editors chose a wide variety of what we feel are the Top 10 Family Cars that should be on every family’s consideration list for 2011.”

For more information on each of the Top 10 Family Cars, visitwww.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/top-10-family-cars-of-2011. For new vehicle pricing, reviews, video reviews, car-buying advice and more, visitwww.kbb.com.