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 expanded its Family Vehicle of the Year award in 2019 by adding a new luxury vehicle category, the Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year award.
2019 Award Recipients – Subaru Ascent (FVOTY) and Volvo XC40 (LFVOTY)
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