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 category, the Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year award. An impressive roster of FVOTY candidates and LFVOTY contenders were available for test drives at the 2018 Spring and Fall Rallies. MAMA members digitally voted for their choices via an online survey at both events, and those votes were tallied to produce the following finalists:

Family Vehicle of the Year Finalists:

  • 2018 Buick Regal TourX
  • 2018 Ford Expedition
  • 2019 Honda Pilot
  • 2018 Hyundai Kona
  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 
  • 2018 Mazda6
  • 2019 Nissan Altima
  • 2019 Ram 1500
  • 2019 Subaru Ascent 
  • 2019 Subaru Forester 
  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year Finalists:

  • 2019 Acura RDX
  • 2018 Kia Stinger
  • 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
  • 2019 Lexus ES
  • 2019 Maserati Levante 
  • 2019 Volvo XC40

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 

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