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 

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