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7 safe cars your mother won't hate

Cars to keep Mom happy
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Cars to keep Mom happy

Cars to keep Mom happy

Because most of us never get too old to outgrow wanting to please Mom, Bankrate assembled seven sporty cars your mother won't hate.

Here are seven 2014 model-year cars that are fun to drive, yet they are safe, sensible and deliver solid fuel economy. Bankrate didn't place strict requirements on gas mileage; these cars are sporty after all. However, every pick gets at least an estimated 29 miles per gallon in highway driving. Some do much better than that.

Every pick did well in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which named them as either a 2013 top safety pick or top safety pick+. Because of recent changes in IIHS criteria for its top safety designations, several terrific cars that would have been on this list six months ago, such as the Volkswagen GTI and Chevrolet Sonic RS, no longer qualify.

Every one of these picks comes with power windows, door locks and outboard mirrors, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes and at least six air bags.

Prices don't include manufacturer delivery charges.

For the best auto loans, go to Bankrate.com.

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