The 10 best family cars

  • Ford Fiesta

    Ford Fiesta. File. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

    The subcompact Fiesta is priced from $14,100 to $21,400. Even the base model comes standard with air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo. Like the Mazda3, the Fiesta is praised for its responsive handling and comfortable interior. The base four-speed engine is rated for 27 MPG in the city and 38 on the highway. Two more powerful turbocharged engines are available as options. In crash tests, the Fiesta got four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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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.