Base Price: $88,570
Output: 416 hp, 443 lb-ft
Why It Made the List: Effortless power and seating for seven without using a single drop of gas.
Once you have a family, you may find yourself starting to worry more about the future – it is your children’s future after all. But instead of opting for a hybrid or a heavily compromised electric car, consider the California-made Tesla Model S. Our 2013 Automobile of the Year has both space for the family and impressive performance credentials. Its hatchback shape is aerodynamically slippery, and the all-electric powertrain means that there’s room for some junk in the frunk (what Tesla calls the front trunk). That front trunk can be helpful if you opt for the two rear-facing jump seats to increase the Model S’s passenger capacity to seven.
Choosing a Model S isn’t necessarily a responsible choice as far as your driver’s license is concerned. Not only can the silent sedan outrun a BMW M5, but its 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of silent and effortless power will speed you and your passengers to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.