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Previously Featured Top Cars for Moms

Not just any vehicle can handle the rigors of motherhood. Modern moms are a busy lot, dividing their time between work, play, and driving the kids to school and a laundry list of extracurricular activities. As a result, mothers-on-the-go require reliable, safe and versatile "mommy-mobiles." Affordability and a little pizzazz go a long way too. On the following pages are some of the best cars for moms we've tested over the years. Since personal preferences and a family's needs vary, our selections range from small and fuel-efficient hatchback wagons to kid-friendly and value-oriented SUVs.

Top 10 Cars for Moms

Hatchbacks


A front view of a Mazdaspeed 3

Mazdaspeed 3
With a powerful turbocharged engine, manual transmission and ample cargo space, the Mazdaspeed 3 makes an excellent compromise between fun and practicality.

A side view of a red 2011 Kia Forte SX 5-Door

Kia Forte SX 5-Door
Available as a five-door hatchback for the first time, the latest iteration of the Kia Forte offers the same great value as the sporty compact sedan with the added bonus of an extra 4.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

A three-quarter front view of a white 2011 Volvo C30 R-Design

Volvo C30 R-Design
Volvo's entry into the small car market is sure to catch the eye of younger buyers; however, this hatch offers more than just fun and frivolity. With great fuel economy and impressive safety features, the C30 R-Design is a smart choice for those looking for both performance and practicality.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

Volkswagen Golf TDI
Coupling clean-burning diesel technology with a surprisingly powerful turbocharged engine, the Volkswagen Golf TDI is not only a sporty and fun new take on the 5-door hatchback, it's also an extremely fuel-efficient option for those looking to save money at the pump as they help to save the environment.


A three-quarter rear view of a red 2006 Audi A3 2.0 T MT6

Audi A3 2.0 T MT6
The A3 is a good-looking, practical and sporty five-door vehicle. Fun options will have you spending a bit more than the base asking price, but we're sure you'll think they are worth it.


A three-quarter rear view of a red 2009 Dodge Caliber SRT4

Dodge Caliber SRT4
While it comes with an assertively styled exterior and a 285-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, this roomy five-passenger hatchback is more of a daily driver, featuring comforts such as cooled beverage storage, a removable LED flashlight/rear cargo lamp and a six-disc CD/DVD/MP3 player.


Convertibles

A three-quarter rear view of a Volkswagen Beetle TDI convertible

Volkwagen Beetle TDI Convertible
This clean-diesel convertible pairs a fuel-efficient turbo engine with top-down fun. As a bonus, the back seats are actually useable.

Station Wagons

A three-quarter front view of a 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Wagon

Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Wagon
With a spacious cabin that comfortably seats seven, this luxury wagon is an ideal family vehicle for those looking for both comfort and versatility.

A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2010 Audi A4 Avant

Audi A4 Avant
Combining the convenience and utility of a station wagon with the power and performance handling that Audi rests its reputation upon, the A4 Avant is the rare wagon that is just as comfortable hugging turns as it is hauling groceries.


A three-quarter rear view of a 2008 Volvo XC70

Volvo XC70
This SUV features a rugged build and luxurious, high-tech interior so drivers can safely and stylishly trek through the wilderness.

Minivans

A three-quarter front view of a white 2010 Chrysler Town and Country

Nissan Quest
Offering a comfortable interior even for third-row passengers, the Nissan Quest comes packed with gagets like DVD-players, an around-view monitor and tri-zone climate control. A smooth V6 and versatile storage space help round out the Quest as a solid choice among minivans.

A three-quarter front view of a white 2010 Chrysler Town and Country

Chrysler Town & Country
With a roomy interior capable of seating 7 comfortably and a cargo capacity only slightly less than that of a freight tanker, this mighty minivan is doing its best to prove its relevance in a market saturated with SUVs and crossovers and all things un-van-like — and it's working.

A three-quarter front view of a white 2009 Volkswagen Routan SE

Volkswagen Routan SE
As the offspring of Volkswagen's partnership with Chrysler, the Routan is a seven-passenger minivan capable of hauling the entire family for a day at the beach. Its features include a formidable 3.8-liter V6 engine, heatable (and powered) side mirrors, and a spacious 83 cubic feet of cargo space.

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
This minivan offers a V6 engine, seating for seven and enough multimedia add-ons to keep everyone on board entertained.


Crossovers

A three-quarter front view of a red 2011 Kia Sorento EX

Kia Sorento
Featuring a radically redesigned chassis, the 2011 Kia Sorento offers a ride that is well-balanced and smooth. While it would be wise to keep this front-wheel drive sport ute off the dirt roads, the Sorento nonetheless provides excellent utility for a reasonable price.


A three-quarter rear view of a 2010 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost

Lincoln MKT
This large luxury crossover offers a host of technologically advanced amenities and plenty of power from its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine—that is, if you can get past its polarizing T. Rex-like looks.


A three-quarter front view of a 2007 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring AWD

Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring
The company that builds vehicles with "the soul of a sports car" backs up that statement with the quick handling, turbocharged CX-7. Built on the same platform as the Mazda 3 and featuring an engine based on the Mazdaspeeds 3 and 6's power plants, this is one fun SUV.


SUVs

A rear view of a Ford Escape

Buick Encore
Powered by an ecotech turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the Encore is one of the most fuel efficient SUVs availabe. It also makes for a practical city car thanks to its small footprint and ample room.

A rear view of a Mercedes ML550

Mercedes-Benz ML550
Equally at home on dirt roads or rodeo drive, this luxury SUV comes with a 402-horsepower V8 and a rich, luxurious cabin. It can reach 60 mph in a claimed 5.3 seconds, better than many sports cars.

A rear view of a Ford Escape

Ford Escape
Based on the Ford Focus chassis, the Escape boasts a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter engine, available all-wheel drive and plenty of cargo space for shopping trips and errands.

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

Lexus RX 350 F Sport
Lexus' luxurious SUV is the ideal vehicle for discerning drivers who desire both prestige and performance. Fitted with the same fun yet thrifty 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, the F Sport edition adds performance-boosting features such as an intelligent 8-speed automatic transmission and a lateral damping system.


A three-quarter front view of a white 2013 GMC Acadia Denali
GMC Acadia Denali
This luxurious crossover offers comfortable three-row seating and plenty of cargo space, making it perfect for carpool lanes and camping trips alike. The Denali trim level adds stylish touches like chrome highlights, mahogany wood accents and a distinctive honeycomb grille.

A three-quarter front view of a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
Volkswagen Touareg TDI
VW has been trying for decades to make diesel converts of us all, and with the 2011 Touareg TDI, the German brand makes a strong case for its favorite alternative fuel. Getting up to 28 mpg highway out of its peppy V6, this capable clean diesel bests the fuel economy of many hybrid SUVs and offers plenty of great amenities, to boot.

A side view of a 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel

Dodge Durango Citadel
This city-friendly full-size SUV offers advanced safety features and all of the luxury amenities one could want, making it the perfect family vehicle for soccer moms who desire both comfort and cargo space.


A three-quarter rear view of a red 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee
With the 2011 edition of its iconic Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle, Jeep raises the bar with more power, bigger dimensions, and all-around better performance.

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2010 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson is built upon the idea that bigger isn't always better — unless we're talking about savings, that is. Offering a shorter wheelbase and greater fuel economy than most vehicles in its class, this small SUV is designed to meet your biggest demands while still fitting comfortably in your driveway.


A side view of a white 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz GLK350
Part of Mercedes-Benz's next big release, the GLK-class, this anticipated luxe crossover is powered by a 268 hp V6 and boasts a top speed of 143 mph. The cozy SUV also features 4MATIC all-wheel drive, all-wheel ventilated disc brakes and a seven-speed automatic transmission.

A three-quarter front view of a 2007 Acura MDX

Acura MDX
Big body, nimble handling. These two descriptions are usually oxymoronic in nature, but the Acura MDX manages to pull them off with its Super Handling all-wheel drive system, sporty suspension and sharp steering feel. Plus, there's room for seven in the luxurious, well-equipped cabin.

Sedans

A rear view of a Lexus LS460 F Sport

Lexus LS460 F Sport
The flagship model of the Lexus line, the LS460 is quiet, comfortable and luxurious. In F Sport trim, it also offers at least a nod toward the idea of sportiness, if not actual sports-sedan behavior.

A front view of a Volvo S60

Volvo S60
With the S60, safety-conscious Volvo aims for something a little more sporty. Though it features a more aggressive design, the S60 is still an IIHS top saftey pick+. For 2015, a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder replaces the old 5-and-6-cylinder engines.

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS
Hyundai Elantra GLS
Affordable, attractive and fuel-efficient, the Hyundai Elantra GLS is an ideal vehicle for city dwellers and freeway frequenters looking for something beyond the standard econobox.

A three-quarter side view of a black 2011 Audi A8
Audi A8
Audi's flagship sedan features a bold design that utilizes of innovative new technology to deliver top-of-the-line performance and comfort. Offering impressive power through its 4.2-liter V8 engine, the A8 also boasts improved efficiency, matching the fuel economy of many hybrids.

A three-quarter front view of a 2009 BMW 750Li Sedan

BMW 750Li Sedan
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he largest (and roomiest) member of BMW's flagship 7 Series couples smooth handling with the envy-inducing power of a 32-valve V8 engine to create a luxurious driving experience that few can rival.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXS

Buick LaCrosse CXS
This fresh take on Buick's long-running full-sized sedan features bold exterior styling, a 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection, and an available Sport mode for a ride that is fun, responsive, and surprisingly un-grandma-like.

A side view of a 2006 Hyundai Azera

Hyundai Azera
Hyundai's flagship offers an impressive array of luxury features for less than $30,000: front and rear side air bags, heated seats, power pedals and steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, rear sunshade and 263 horsepower.

A three-quarter front view of a 2007 Lexus LS 460L

Lexus LS 460L
No other manufacturer puts as much emphasis on quiet, luxurious comfort as Lexus, and the LS is the pinnacle of their achievements. Some may find it a little soft around the edges, but there is no doubt this long wheelbase model will provide many serene, carefree miles.

Hybrids

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Combining top-of-the-line accoutrements with an efficient yet powerful V6 mild-hybrid, the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid is the rare full-size sedan that is both luxurious and eco-friendly.

A side view of a 2011 Lexus CT 200h

Lexus CT 200h
Sharing much of the same hybrid technology with the Toyota Prius, the Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback elevates eco-friendly driving to the luxury sport level with its smart and sleek design and performance-oriented adjustable drivetrain.


A three-quarter rear view of a red 2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid

GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid
With the new Yukon Denali Hybrid, the GMC brand — best known for its fuel-thirsty fleet of trucks and SUVs — puts on its best eco-friendly face to deliver a full-size sport ute that provides excellent towing and cargo capacity while still remaining (sort of) fuel-efficient.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2010 Lexus HS 250h

Lexus HS 250h
This reasonably priced and roomy hybrid luxury sedan is nimble, quiet and gets up to 35 mpg. Creature comforts abound, however, including leather-trimmed seats, Bluetooth hands-free, voice-command navigation, and a fifteen-speaker premium sound system.


A side view of a white 2010 Honda Insight

Honda Insight
Boasting an EPA rating of 43 mpg highway, the Honda Insight combines cool styling with environmentally conscious engineering. And with a base price under $20,000, this sporty hybrid sedan is one fun fuel saver that won't break the bank.

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