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.
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.”