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Ford Fiesta 1-Liter Eco-Boost Wins 2013 Women’s World Car of the Year

Women automotive journalists around the world (but not me) were asked to vote on their favorite cars five categories, with one overall winner named Car of the Year. Though categories ranged from SUVs to luxury cars to economy cars, it was the little Ford that could that won in the end. The Ford Fiesta 1.0L Eco-Boost is a small car with a small but powerful turbocharged three-cylinder engine.

Bonus lesson! What does “one liter” mean in terms of engines? That’s the amount of space inside the engine’s cylinders. More space means more power, since you need room for the air and fuel to mix and ignite and move the pistons up and down. Bigger engines make bigger explosions in those cylinders, which translates to faster cars.

Women who write about cars — and their worldwide audiences, presumably — appreciate the Fiesta’s good looks, but really it’s about the 40-plus combined miles per gallon that this little guy gets.

Note that this list of all the category winners is pretty much made up of “Rest of the World” cars, which means the versions sold outside North America. That said, these cars are comparable everywhere.

Family car

  1. Audi Allroad
  2. VW Golf
  3. BMW 3 Series

Luxury Car

  1. Range Rover
  2. Mercedes-Benz SL550
  3. BMW 6 Series

Sports Car

  1. Porsche Boxster S
  2. Audi RS5
  3. Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 (which are also the same as the Scion FR-S)

SUV

  1. Mazda CX5
  2. Hyundai Santa Fe
  3. Nissan Pathfinder

Economy Car

  1. Ford Fiesta 1.0L Eco-Boost
  2. Kia Forte
  3. Toyota Prius

 

10 Best Family Cars by KBB.com

Back in the dark ages before the internet, there was a thing called the Kelley Blue Book, and it was indeed a little blue book. Inside, the teensy type arranged in columns told you how much a car was worth as a trade-in, as a private sale, and in a variety of conditions. Now it’s a full-fledged web site with more information than one woman could carry in a Land’s End canvas tote — the big one.

Years of expertise and the magic of modern technology combine to give us handy lists like this one, KBB.com’s 10 best family cars for 2013.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Winner winner — let’s go get dinner!

  1. Nissan Pathfinder, for making a successful leap from offroading to grocery getting
  2. Honda Accord, for being both a standard bearer and a car of the future
  3. Toyota Prius V, for adding cargo space to fuel economy
  4. VW Passat, for being both big and best selling
  5. Honda Odyssey, for being built with families specifically in mind
  6. Toyota Avalon, for luxury at a low price
  7. Ford Fusion, for its forward-thinking design
  8. Honda CR-V, for its bang for the buck
  9. Nissan Altima, for its safety and technology advancements
  10. Chevy Suburban, for its ability to haul boats and boatloads of people