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, start at less than $50,000, 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 six candidates from the Spring Rally ballot and Fall Rally ballot are compiled into a list of 12 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.
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
2017 MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year Award Recipient, 2017 Chrysler Pacifica