March 16, 2004

Parents Magazine and AAA select 15 ‘Best Cars for Families’

Burnsville, Minnesota – Parents magazine and the AAA have named the 15 “Best Cars for Families” in the April issue of Parents Magazine and in AAA Auto Guide: 2004 New Cars and Trucks.

The reviewers considered everything from air bags and fuel economy to cup holders and cargo space. They also installed a variety of child safety seats into every car, making sure it could be done easily and securely. Of those vehicles that have been tested, the AAA/Parents picks are among the top performers in crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

“Car buyers want to be sure that they’ll get top safety, convenient features, and lasting value for their money when they buy a new vehicle,” said Jeff Ogden, AAA Minnesota/Iowa president. “With many parents and children spending several hours per week in the car, it’s important that the car be a safe, happy place for everyone in it.”

Now in its third year, the list includes selections of economy cars, sedans, station wagons, sport utility vehicles and minivans. Complete descriptions of each vehicle are available in the April issue of Parents and in AAA Auto Guide: 2004 New Cars and Trucks. Here are the winners in each category:


  • Honda Civic

  • Scion xB (not available in Canada)
  • Volkswagen Jetta


  • Honda Accord

  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Toyota Camry

Station Wagons

  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Volvo V70
  • Pontiac Vibe

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVS)

  • Ford Explorer
  • Volkswagen Touareg
  • Nissan Murano


  • Toyota Sienna

  • Nissan Quest
  • Honda Odyssey

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