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).
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-Surprisingly capable handling
-Comprehensive option list
-Engine has cylinder deactivation