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7 cars for moms to escape the minivan rut

Lexus CT 200h
Lexus CT 200h
  • Base price: $32,050
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 43 mpg
    • Highway - 40 mpg

Ideal for around-town errand running, the CT 200h is really designed for smaller families with one or two children. Not only is it the only hybrid on this list, it's the only vehicle without available all-wheel drive.

It's hard to take issue with the outstanding fuel economy delivered by the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors. Total combined horsepower is 134, which is delivered to the front wheels by way of automatic continuously variable transmission.

Although the premium interior lives up to the Lexus name, it's not as opulent as the cabins of its Lexus stablemates.

It earned top crash-test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Among its standard equipment are eight air bags, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and iPod interface.

 

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