Lesbian and gay families come in all shapes and sizes, so choosing the right family car can be tricky. But Mazda makes it easy with its sterling Mazda6, offered in no fewer than three body styles.
First is the slick Mazda6 sedan, perfect for traditionalists who don't like wagons or hatchbacks. It can easily handle various combinations of kids, bikes and dogs.
Individualists unwilling to trade high style for practicality will go for the Mazda6 five-door, which offers nearly as much utility as the wagon, but wrapped in styling that mimics a sedan. Most people won't know it's a hatch until you open the back.
Whichever one you choose, you'll get a slick, sport-themed interior and a choice of manual or automatic transmissions mated to either an efficient four-cylinder or a throaty six-cylinder. And the responsive steering makes driving any Mazda6 an absolutely fabulous experience.
Don't miss: Sexy styling, sporty interior. Steering and suspension tuning are sensational.
Wish it had: Um, we're thinking ...
How much? $20K to $30K
Honorable Mention: Dodge Magnum
Even people who don't like wagons find themselves strangely attracted to the butch, muscular Dodge Magnum, with its spacious interior, available Hemi V-8 and all-wheel drive, underfloor storage cubbies and clever rear-hatch design.