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11 Reliable Cars For Young Families

September 11, 2013

Having a baby means more than setting up a nursery and getting serious about a career plan. As a new parent, your top responsibility is to protect and nurture your child to the best of your ability. When it comes to picking the right family car that means choosing something safe and dependable, yet roomy enough to fit child safety seats while carrying a stroller, playpen, diaper bag, and more.


According to J.D. Power, these 11 models from the 2010 model year* are among the most dependable vehicles in their respective classes, are among the safest vehicles based on crash-test ratings, and are more affordable than the equivalent model purchased new. They might not be very exciting, but they certainly help to keep your little ones safe while limiting repair bills.


*Vehicles from the sub-compact and pickup truck categories were excluded, as well as premium/luxury brands



2010-Chevrolet-Impala
2010-Chevrolet-Impala


2010 Chevrolet Impala

A full-size sedan, the 2010 Impala was sold in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels, the latter a more luxurious and sporty version of Chevy's biggest family car.



2010-Ford-FocusSedan
2010-Ford-FocusSedan


2010 Ford Focus Sedan

Ford offered the 2010 Focus Sedan in S, SE, SES, and SEL trim levels, the latter two equipped with standard Sync hands-free connectivity.



2010-Ford-Fusion
2010-Ford-Fusion


2010 Ford Fusion

Available with a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine, with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain, there's a 2010 Fusion to suit almost any requirement in a midsize family sedan.



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2010-Honda-Odyssey


2010 Honda Odyssey

In its final year before a complete redesign, the 2010 Odyssey minivan could be had in LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels.



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2010-Kia-Soul


2010 Kia Soul

A small and inexpensive 5-door multi-purpose vehicle equipped with a lengthy warranty, the 2010 Soul came in Base, Plus (+), Sport, and Exclaim (!) trim levels.



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2010-Mazda-3Sedan


2010 Mazda 3

The 2010 Mazda 3 family of compact 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan models offered a variety of engine, transmission, and trim level choices, including a performance-tuned Mazdaspeed variant.



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2010-Scion-xB


2010 Scion xB

Equipped with 5-passenger seating in a 5-door multi-purpose body style, the 2010 xB was sold in a single level of specification that could be upgraded with numerous dealer-installed accessories.



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2010-Toyota-Avalon


2010 Toyota Avalon

This full-size sedan could be outfitted like a luxury car, and came in XL, XLS and Limited trim levels.



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2010-Toyota-Prius


2010 Toyota Prius

A gas-electric hybrid vehicle rated by the EPA to get 50 mpg in combined driving, the 2010 Prius is a midsize 5-door hatchback. Numeric trim levels included Two, Three, Four, and Five.



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2010-Toyota-Rav4


2010 Toyota RAV4

A compact crossover SUV supplying one of the largest cargo areas in the class, the 2010 RAV4 could be equipped with a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine, with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and in base, Sport, or Limited trim.



2010-Toyota-Venza
2010-Toyota-Venza


2010 Toyota Venza

The 2010 Venza is a 5-passenger midsize crossover SUV powered by a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine and equipped with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.


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