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7 safe cars your mother won't hate

Ford Focus ST
Ford Focus ST © Ford Motor Company

Ford Focus ST

  • Price: $24,910
  • Gas mileage: 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway

You're right; Mom isn't going to be fooled by the ST's in-your-face sporty sheet metal or its 18-inch aluminum wheels, with red brake calipers lurking behind them. Pop for the available Recaro bucket seats and prepare yourself for an earful if she ever rides with you. Pressing her into the seat back when you call on the 2-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine's 252 horsepower won't help matters either.

However, you may win her over by pointing out the seven air bags and dazzling her with the Ford Sync voice-activated communications and entertainment system with its six-speaker audio setup. Also standard are iPod interface, trip computer and aluminum pedals. To add those Recaro sport seats requires ponying up $2,505 for an options package that also includes a Sony audio system.

The only transmission offered is a six-speed manual.

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