3. 2014 Ford(F) Escape
The Escape isn't just Detroit's big foray into the small crossover market. It's among the Top 10 best-selling cars in the country.
Ford brought in a redesigned Escape for 2013 with a 1.6-liter engine with 28-miles-per-gallon mileage similar to the 2012's hybrid version and the MyFord Touch entertainment and communications system. Combined with 34 cubic feet of space in the back, 68 cubic feet with the seats down, available intelligent four-wheel drive and tech thrown-ins such as a foot-activated liftgate, parking assist, blind-spot sensors and other perks, the Escape offers a lot of peace of mind before families hit the open road. That sub-$25,000 price brings some comfort all its own.