The 10 best family cars

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    No matter their car-shopping budgets, families are looking for cars that are safe and reliable and get good gas mileage. From subcompacts to big SUVs, ParentsMagazine and are releasing today their top 10 family vehicles for 2014.

    "Whether they're taking a summer road trip or just making a grocery run, families expect a lot from their vehicles," says Dana Points, Parents Magazine's editor-in-chief. "Safety is every parent's top priority, and we're excited by how many manufacturers are now offering blind-spot mirrors and collision avoidance systems in addition to multiple airbags and government-required electronic stability control."

    Mazda was represented especially well in this year's list, with two of the 10 top vehicles -- even though the company has only about a two percent market share of U.S. sales. Honda also had two models on the list.

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    Jerry Edgerton, author of Car Shopping Made Easy, has been covering the car beat since Detroit companies dominated the U.S. market. The former car columnist for Money magazine and Washington correspondent for Business Week, Edgerton specializes in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last.