The 2011 Hyundai Sonata, with its class leading 35 mpg standard highway fuel economy, all four cylinder engine lineup and class above interior volume, was selected as one of the 2011 Best Cars for Families by Kiplingers Personal Finance. Sonata joins a list of eight other vehicles deemed the most family friendly by Kiplingers extensive evaluation.

Hyundais Sonata beat out the midsize sedan competition to earn Kiplingers Best New Car award this year for an innovative redesign thats parent and kid-friendly, said Jessica Anderson, associate editor, Kiplingers Personal Finance magazine. The turbocharged Sonata SE 2.0T has the most horsepower in the segment and nimble handling for Mom or Dad. The back seat fits two child car seats easily, plus it has decent legroom and cup holders in the rear armrest.

Each of the vehicles on Kiplingers list has a sticker price below $35,000 and respectable fuel economy. All were required to do well in Kiplingers road tests, have plenty of cargo space (for strollers and other gear) and have received positive reviews from parents. All vehicles also received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick designation, meaning they earned the top rating not only for front, side and rear crash tests but also for roof-strength rollover tests, and have standard stability control. Traction control and six airbags are also standard on each.

The 2011 Sonata is a smart buy for families looking for class-leading comfort, an EPA designated large volume interior and advanced standard safety technologies, said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. Couple that with a four-cylinder engine lineup producing impressive fuel economy with the power of a V6, and the Sonata is the perfect midsize sedan choice for parents and their kids.

For more information and the complete list of Kiplingers 2011 Best Cars for Families, visit: www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/best-cars-for-families-2011.

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