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Best family car over $30,000: Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is Brian Early?s best family car over $30,000.

Top pick: Ford Fusion Hybrid, $29,999-$33,399

Ford?s latest Fusion Hybrid illustrates that you don?t have to sacrifice style or driving pleasure just to own a hybrid.

Bearing more than a passing resemblance to current Aston Martin products, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid brings a whole new kind of sexy to the mid-size sedan segment, and it drives as good as it looks. The Fusion is blessed with a good balance between ride and handling, possibly due to its being engineered to be sold in Europe (as the Ford Mondeo).

We liked:

-Well-sorted ride and handling

-More than adequate engine power

-Attractive, Aston-like exterior styling

-Colourful, informative, LCD instrument cluster displays

-Rear seat now splits and folds

-Improved quality of interior?s construction

-Hybrid?s base price is reduced

Mercedes B 250, $29,900-$38,190

Completely redesigned for 2013, Mercedes? unique entry-level B 250 compact MPV gains value, style and power. This front-wheel-drive model is not available in the U.S.

-Practical body-style

-Turbo power now standard

-New 7-speed automatic transmission

-Interior design very upscale

Kia Optima Hybrid, $30,595

Penned by respected German designer Peter Schreyer, Kia?s Optima is a stylish and well-equipped alternative to other mid-size hybrid sedans.

We liked:

-Good road manners

-Uses a conventional transmission

-AJAC category winner in 2012

Dodge Charger, $29,995

As close to a traditional full-size rear-drive sedan as you?ll find these days, available with a wide variety of trim, power and drive options.

We liked:

-Large-car interior space

-Optional 8-speed automatic

-Built in Canada

Honda Odyssey, $29,990

Minivans are ideal for families, and Honda?s Odyssey is an excellent example of the breed. Most models can seat eight passengers.

We liked:

-Surprisingly capable handling

-Comprehensive option list

-Engine has cylinder deactivation

  • Best family car over $30,000: Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Best family car over $30,000: Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Best family car over $30,000: Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Best family car over $30,000: Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Best family car over $30,000: Ford Fusion Hybrid

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