Toyota Camry, Siena and Prius v among Best family car of 2012 (Photos)

Edmunds.com and Parents magazine have named three Toyota models in their list of Best Family Cars of 2012. Toyota Camry took the honors in the Sedan category, Siena came out top in the large vehicle category and the Prius v earned the coveted spot in the high mileage category.

The vehicles considered in each category were evaluated and judged on various aspects that included safety, handling, fuel economy, comfort, styling and kid friendly features. For the fifth year in a row Toyota cars have been featured in the list of ‘best family car’ which speaks volumes about quality, durability and safety.

General Manager and Group Vice President Toyota, Bob Carter expressed his happiness and threw light on the fact that their vehicles are designed to make life easier for families. Toyota’s line of models is known for their reliability, driving dynamics, spacious interiors and innovative features. It’s least surprising why majority of average Americans choose brand Toyota.

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Three Toyota Models Selected as Best Family Cars of 2012

Prius v, Camry and Sienna Make the Annual Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com List

TORRANCE (June 5, 2012) – Three Toyota models have been selected as among the Best Family Cars of 2012 by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. This is their fifth annual list, which will appear online today and on newsstands June 12.

Toyota earned picks across three categories including Prius v in the high-mileage category; Camry in the sedan category and the Sienna minivan in the large vehicle category. Vehicles considered were evaluated on a number of criteria important to families including safety, fuel economy, and kid-friendly features, as well as ride comfort, styling and handling.

“We’re proud to have several Toyota models on the list of best family cars for the fifth year in a row,” said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. “Families know they can always depend on Toyota for safety, quality and durability, but they also recognize the importance of the convenience and technology features in our vehicles that help make their lives easier.”

In the high-mileage car category, the editors chose vehicles with more than 40 miles per gallon on the highway and offering safety features and modern conveniences. As a new member of the Prius family this year, the Prius v was cited for its stable ride and ample cargo space and was praised for its versatility and standard technology features including the Entune® mulitmedia system and a hands-free smart key, which unlocks the driver’s side door as you approach the door handle.

The 2012 Camry was highlighted as a best pick in the sedan category.  Completely redesigned for 2012, the all-new seventh generation Camry was chosen for its updated styling, convenient technology including Entune, excellent fuel economy, quiet ride and ample trunk space. The Camry is America’s best-selling car, and as an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012 it is extremely popular with families.

Rounding out the best family cars in the large vehicle category is the Sienna minivan, chosen for its flexible configurations to fit every type of trip, family and cargo combination. The Sienna was completely redesigned in 2010, catering to traditional family van needs while also meeting growing demands for more responsive driving characteristics, contemporary styling and onboard entertainment technology.  With state-of-the-art features and rewarding driving dynamics, the Sienna is a vehicle that families of any size will find satisfying to drive.

The Sienna is manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. while the Camry is built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

“Toyota has a long history of satisfying the automotive needs of American families,” said Scott Oldham, editor-in-chief, Edmunds.com. “The Sienna minivan, the redesigned Camry and the all-new Prius v hybrid are leaders in their respective segments, offering America’s families the spacious, fun, fuel-efficient and reliable transportation they need.”