Winners of U.S. News’ 2012 Best Cars for Families awards are geared to New York City broods

The 2012 Buick Enclave was voted best midsize SUV (three rows) by U.S. News & World Report.

By Robert Dominguez / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

It’s tough enough maneuvering the stop-and-go intricacies of New York City traffic by car – now try doing it with restless kids in the back seat.

That’s why families, especially ones on a budget, usually go to great lengths to choose the right vehicle for their brood. But gone are the days when “family car” meant stuffy station wagons or clunky minivans.

Today’s family-friendly vehicles are fun to drive and can be loaded with the latest hi-tech toys – in addition to being safe, reliable and economical, says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Cars site.

Here are five of the top 18 winners in U.S. News’ 2012 Best Cars for Families awards.

The annual rankings, available at usnews.com/cars-money, were culled from a consensus of the nation’s top automotive experts and critics to help families with their buying decisions.

BUICK ENCLAVE

Category: Midsize SUV (three rows)

MSRP: $36,600 – $45,080

MPG: 17 city/24 highway

A comfortable, luxurious and capable family hauler with a quiet, refined interior and luxury-level ride.

“It has really good passenger space where nobody’s crammed, with a third row of seats that can handle adults and older kids in comfort.”

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