Parents magazine has made the list (and assumedly checked it twice) to bring you their top 15 picks of family-friendly vehicles for 2010. Teaming up with Edmunds.com, Parents has only included models that come equipped with antilock brakes and front, side, and side-curtain air bags. These vehicles also come with family necessities such as sliding rear seats, smart storage for toys, and other amenities that make the drive that much smoother. You may be surprised to learn that not many minivans or SUVs made the list. The picks aren’t in any particular order and are broken down into categories such as sedans, hybrids and large vehicles.
They are listed after the jump, along with a few of their top selling points:
Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Direct-injection engine and self-cleaning filter, turbocharged engine, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.
Honda Accord: Big backseat, sliding center armrest, remote key entry.
Subaru Legacy: All-wheel drive, IIHS Top Safety Pick, large rear seats, wide, low opening trunk.
Mazda 5: Holds six passengers in three rows, cushy second-row captain’s chairs, third row folds down.
Kia Soul: IIHS Top Safety Pick, durable upholstery, command seating.
Honda Fit: Compact yet comfortable, lots of cargo space, easy to park.
Chevrolet Equinox: Great gas mileage, rear seats slide forward, remote start.
Honda CR-V: Easy handling, handy under-seat compartments, rear seats fold down in multiple configurations.
Toyota RAV4: Sleek styling, crisp handling, and an optional third row.
Ford Fusion Hybrid: Cushy power seats, soft ambient lighting, voice-activated Sync audio system, capless gas tank.
Toyota Prius: Great gas mileage, room for three in back, flat cargo area.
Honda Insight: Fuel efficient, quick, responsive ride.
Ford Flex: Each row has separate heat-AC vents, power fold button, lots of storage space.
Chevrolet Traverse: Seating for up to eight, second-row seats slide forward.
Honda Odyssey: Outstanding interior space, maneuverability, and flexibility, hidden storage bin, optional PlusOne seat.