In Pictures: Most Fun-to-Drive Family Cars

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The 2011 Subaru Outback garners praise for its utility, standard all-wheel drive and go-anywhere attitude. Automotive reviewers tend to prefer wagons to SUVs because they offer the same amount of cargo space with better fuel economy and handling traits, and the Outback is a good example. Its continuously-variable transmission gets up to 22/29 mpg city/highway in EPA estimates when paired with its standard four-cylinder engine, which is better than most SUVs. Plus, the Outback’s all-wheel drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance means it can go nearly anywhere a Ford Explorer can.

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