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5 Great Cars for Mom in 2013

Volvo XC70
Starting MSRP:
$33,600

The mother of all mom-mobiles, the XC70 and its predecessors the Volvo V70 and Volvo 850 have been offering U.S. parents the Swedish automaker's legendary safety equipment for some two decades.

The XC70 not only boasts Volvo's famous steel-cage construction, but also comes standard with cutting-edge safety systems such as brakes that kick in automatically if an onboard computer senses an imminent collision.

There are plenty of great optional safety devices as well, such as a collision-warning system that flashes a red light on the dashboard if a built-in radar notices the car in front of you has stopped suddenly. (Despite the XC70's safety focus, neither the IIHS nor NHTSA have crash-tested the vehicle.)

Beyond safety, the five-passenger wagon offers sophisticated European styling and generous cargo space -- 33.3 cubic feet with the rear seats in use or 71.1 cubic feet with the back seat folded down.

The model also comes standard with six-speed automatic transmission, a 240-horsepower six-cylinder engine and a front-wheel drive system that gets 19 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway. All-wheel drive and a 300-horsepower turbocharged engine are also available.

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