The MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year Award is chosen each year by MAMA's journalist members. To be eligible, a vehicle must have four doors and be new or significantly updated within a year of the MAMA Spring Rally, which takes place in May at the Road America race course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Preliminary voting for the award occurs at both the MAMA Spring Rally and Fall Rally. The ballot is unique for each rally; a candidate vehicle may appear at both rallies, but is only listed on an FVOTY ballot once. The top candidates from the Spring Rally ballot and Fall Rally ballot are compiled into a list of finalists.
The final vote then takes place via an online survey of active MAMA journalist members, and the winner is announced at the MAMA Breakfast that opens that year's Chicago Auto Show Media Preview.
MAMA has expanded its Family Vehicle of the Year award for 2019 by adding a new luxury vehicle division, and an impressive roster of 16 FVOTY candidates and 11 LFVOTY contenders were available for test drives at the 2018 Spring Rally. MAMA members digitally voted for their choices via an online survey at the event, and those votes were tallied to produce the following finalists:
Family Vehicle of the Year:
• 2018 Buick Regal TourX
• 2018 Ford Expedition
• 2018 Hyundai Kona
• 2018 Mazda6
• 2019 Ram 1500
• 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year:
• 2019 Acura RDX
• 2018 Kia Stinger
• 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
• 2019 Volvo XC40
These vehicles will join another round of finalists that will be chosen at the 2018 MAMA Fall Rally this October.
Past MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year Award recipients:
2011 – Hyundai Sonata
2012 – Volkswagen Passat
2013 – Ford Fusion
2014 – Chevrolet Impala
2015 – Chrysler 200
2016 – Volvo XC90
2017 – Chrysler Pacifica
2018 – Honda Odyssey
2018 MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year Award Recipient, 2018 Honda Odyssey