• May 6, 2010
Parents has worked up a lengthy list of its favorite family haulers for 2010, though you won't see too many minivans or SUVs on the roundup. Instead, the site broke down its selections into categories like sedans, hybrids and large vehicles and arranged its picks in no particular order. We certainly can't argue with cars like the 2010 Subaru Legacy or the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, though a few of those that made the cut had us scratching our heads.

Both the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight found favor among the Parents editors. Sure, we can respect trying to save some cash at the pump, but those hybrid hatches don't exactly have the space for the Boy Scouts level of preparedness that accompanies traveling with a toddler.

Other shockers include the loveable but quirky Kia Soul and the omission of the ubiquitous Toyota Camry in favor of the sportier Honda Accord. You can hop over to the Parents site to see the full list of 15 cars and CUVs for yourself.

[Source: Parents]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Since when does the Soul qualify as a family vehicle? What am I missing here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Family vehicle = roomy, lots of safety features, versatile, haul groceries.

        The Soul has all of that and plus what my gf says "cute".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see some "smaller" vehicles on there. A kid or two does not necessitate a minivan or massive SUV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad to see Autoblog's still pushing the "I need a massive vehicle because I have one kid" line.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's easier to slap your kid around if you're in a smaller car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Prius has almost as much space as a Jetta wagon, and more than the sedan. So quit hatin' Autoblog.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Also Autoblog....the Sport Camry V6 Se is more sporty and faster then the Accord. You can also add TRD performance parts from factory to enhance performance.

        Test prove a 0-60 time of 5.9sec in the sport Camry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One-starred for that? I was speaking in comparison with the Jetta wagon. Geeze.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The rear rake of the Prius's roof hampers it's ability to haul stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah I was totally confused by the criticism of the Prius for cargo space since it has a pretty good amount of it even with the seats up. The cargo space was increased a fair bit for the 2010 model (the trunk is 2.2 inches wider) so it now has 21.6 cubic feet of "trunk" space. Which is quite a bit more than the Subaru Legacy (14.7) and the Jetta (16).
        I mean if you're gonna trash the Prius for lacking cargo space you might as well trash the whole list of cars and simply insist that we all go buy Tahoes and Sequoias.
        Seriously how does it make any sense to say that you get why parents would choose two cars with less cargo space than a car that you trash for lacking space for kiddy crap?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since when does the Soul qualify as a family vehicle? What am I missing here?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Further proof that the masses are still a bunch of know nothing morons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The target audience for the Soul will probably backfire like it did for the Scion xB and Honda Element- instead of being bought by college-bound 20-somethings, it will be bought by 50-something budget-minded moms who want the practicality. Not that that's bad, just funny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's an OK list for families, though I question the Insight (since reviews have hated it).

      Since I am a SINK, none of those pique my interest.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With two (soon to be three) growing kids and a dog, we just bought a Flex...love it.

      Having said that, when the kids were younger (one of them a toddler, even!) my '02 Saab 9-3 had more than enough space. We've got friends with year-old twins that get along just fine in a Fit. You don't need to haul the whole house with you when you have a baby.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not surprisingly, the list put me to sleep.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I was a toddler, my parents drove a SuperBeetle.
      When I was a boy scout, my parents drove a Chevette.

      We didn't have no 22 cupholders or DVDs in the back seat. We beat our siblings up until our parents pulled over and threatened us. AND WE LIKED IT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've never given a damn about the Joneses.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Small cars worked just fine for carting kids around.

        Back before the government became a fanatical super nanny and decided 40 pound kids need to be strapped into massive car seats like the heir apparent.

        Want to know why parents don't consider small cars anymore, look no further than that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've met a few people who were surprised that they like the Soul. I've never heard of it being called quirky, which I can't say for the Cube.
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