4. 2013 Mazda CX-5
Starting price: $21,195
It's definitely one of the sportier compact-crossovers a family can pick, but the Mazda CX-5's more practical features are the big draw here.Let the driver play with the 155-horsepower engine and available Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD radio, Pandora Internet radio and TomTom (TOM2) navigation system. It's the ample rear seating and up to 65.4 cubic feet of cargo space that are going to get you and your family through this trip. That, and maybe the optional blind-spot warning system.