The Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) announced at the Chicago Auto Show that the 2019 Subaru Ascent has been named the winner of its ninth annual Family Vehicle of the Year award, and the 2019 Volvo XC40 has been named the inaugural winner of the Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year award. MAMA is a nonprofit group of automotive journalists (including AutoInformed) and public relations professionals. MAMA developed the awards to help car-shopping families make a wise decision when they’re ready for a new vehicle.
“Whether it’s a premium-brand or mainstream model, it should be versatile, reliable, efficient, and reasonably priced. MAMA members pooled their expertise and experience to select the best family vehicles from an outstanding group of new and significantly refreshed models, and the Subaru Ascent and Volvo XC40 came out on top,” said MAMA award coordinator Tim Healey.
To qualify for the award, vehicles had to have four doors, appear at one of MAMA’s two annual rallies, and be new or significantly updated within a year of the 2018 Spring Rally, which took place in May 2018. The MAMA Spring and Fall Rallies have ~100 manufacturer vehicles for journalists to drive and evaluate. Voting took place at both rallies.
There were 11 finalists in the mainstream category:
- Buick Regal TourX,
- Ford Expedition,
- Honda Pilot,
- Hyundai Kona,
- Hyundai Santa Fe,
- Nissan Altima,
- Ram 1500,
- Subaru Ascent,
- Subaru Forester,
- Volkswagen Jetta.
There were six finalists in the luxury category:
- Acura RDX,
- Kia Stinger,
- Land Rover Range Rover Velar,
- Lexus ES,
- Maserati Levante,
- Volvo XC40.
Voting for the 2020 Family Vehicle of the Year awards will begin at the 2019 MAMA Spring Rally, which is scheduled for May 22-23 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The 2019 MAMA Fall Rally is tentatively scheduled for October 2.
For more information about the Midwest Automotive Media Association, please visit www.mamaonline.org