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Buying a new car is a big decision, especially for families. So which cars give you the most bang for your buck?
Edmonds.com and Parents magazine teamed up to list the best family cars for 2012. They listed the top three cars in five categories: high mileage, budget, sedan, crossover and large vehicle.
Every car on the list had anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and at least six air bags. Fourteen of the cars received a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Do keep in mind – the price listed is the base MSRP, so any additions or special features will raise the cost.
High Mileage: Toyota Prius V, $26,400 Honda Civic Hybrid, $24,000 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, $19,245
Budget: Chevrolet Sonic, $13,865 Ford Focus, $16,500 Hyundai Elantra, $15, 345
Crossovers: Mazda5, $19,625 Kia Sorento, $23,150 Honda CR-V, $22,495
Sedans: Volkswagen Passat, $19,995 Toyota Camry, $21,955 Kia Optima, $21,000
Large Vehicles: Dodge Durago, $28,995 Toyota Sienna, $25,060 Honda Odyssey, $28,375