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7 safe cars your mother won't hate

Mazda Mazda6 i Touring
Mazda Mazda6 i Touring

Mazda Mazda6 i Touring

  • Price: $23,645
  • Gas mileage: 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway

You'll score a few points with Mom for being sensible when she sees you pull up in this redesigned four-door, midsize sedan. You'll score even higher once you explain the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine powering it has Mazda's fuel-thrifty SkyACTIV technology. Toss in that it gets 29 mpg in combined city and highway driving, and she'll be ready to head across the country with you.

Not just about fuel economy, the Mazda6's four-banger generates a robust 184 horsepower that is sent to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual or driver-shiftable automatic transmission. Pricing here is for the manual tranny.

Among the standard features are blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic dual-zone climate control, backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity with voice activation, a 5.8-inch color touchscreen and a six-speaker audio system with iPod connectivity.

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