Each year two of the most influential websites in their markets, Parents.com and Edmunds.com, team up to give parents a list of the best cars for families. The cars are broken down by class, so parents can find the best car for them. And this year Ford was able to put three cars on the popular list, more than any other auto maker.
Parents.com praised the newly redesigned Ford Explorer, as a top pick in the Big Cars category. With its improved gas mileage, now up to 17 city and 25 highway mpg, and its IIHS Top Safety pick rating its easy to see why they love this car. Edmunds says. “The cabin is modern and quiet, and the ride is crisp.” Also available on the 2012 Ford Explorer is a power lift gate, backup camera, and Ford’s new inflatable seatbelt technology.
The Explorer is the only Ford getting praise though. Also completely redesigned for the 2012 model year, the Fiesta, is making waves in the Budget category. With more and more families tightening budgets, the 2012 Ford Fiesta is sure to be a winner for everybody. Offering a surprisingly large amount of cabin space, Edmunds.com say the Ford Fiesta “can capably handle a family of four until the kids reach middle school.”
The major selling point of the Fiesta is not is compact size or its great gas mileage (29 city/40 highway), but rather the amount a features you get on a budget. The Fiesta is well-equipped for around $16,000, and for that owners will get Ford’s voice-activated Sync System, a push button start, and ambient lighting.
If you’re looking for something a little roomier, but sill want the fuel-efficiency that is achieved with the Ford Fiesta, give the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid a try. The hybrid version of Ford’s incredibly popular mid-size sedan will net you about 41 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway. Also an IIHS Top Safety pick, this car offers luxury features not seen with mid-level pricing. Features on the Fusion Hybrid include, power seats, dual climate control, backup sensors, and Ford’s new capless gas tank.