Last Updated Jun 9, 2010 1:04 PM EDT
Best Cars for the Carpool1. Toyota Prius
If you want fuel economy, then the Toyota Prius is for you. It gets an impressive 50 miles per gallon. But that's not the only reason Edmunds.com's Karl Brauer recommends it. He says the hybrid is far roomier than it looks and is a plausible replacement for a family sedan. Also, the hatchback provides the car with additional cargo-hauling options.
2. Honda Accord
If you want a safe and reliable car that won't need a lot of repairs, you can't do much better than the Honda Accord. Although it only gets 20-25 mpg, it has a very large interior cabin and boasts a high resale value.
3. Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Looking for a great alternative to a hybrid? Consider the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Not only is it fuel efficient -- it gets 34 mpg -- the interior cabin looks and feels more upscale than similarly priced vehicles.
4. Subaru Legacy
If you live someplace where it snows a lot, you may want to consider the Subaru Legacy. This mid-sized sedan offers all-wheel-drive as a standard feature on all of its 2010 models, which should help keep the carpool rolling safely through inclement weather, says Brauer. Starting at just $20,000, it's also a good fit for many family budgets.
Did I miss your favorite family vehicle? What would you recommend for carpooling?
Toyota Prius image by Toyota, courtesy Toyota.
Stacey Bradford is the author of The Wall Street Journal. Financial Guidebook for New Parents.