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Once you look up one vehicle (i.e. 94 4-door LX Ford Escort, all you have to do click on the "Other Compact Hatchbacks" link near the top of the page, and it will take you to a page listing ALL the other similar models (hatchbacks) available in the same year. Btw, at a quick glance in Edmunds' Used Vehicle Guide, I noticed the Ford Escort had the highest reliability rating of the three. I was comparing 94's models. Crash test results on the 94 Escort were also "good"; however I should note, there was no information about driver/passenger air bags. One thing you may want to consider is that safety equipment, such as dual airbags and steel beams in the side doors, were not standard equipment on most make/models prior to 1995. Also, vehicle weight is going to be the biggest factor in terms of safety. For that reason, you may even want to consider keeping the Dodge Caravan, or at the very least buying a station wagon, as you mentioned you might do. Insurance costs will also be lower with a Van/Station Wagon, than a compact hatchback..., especially for a teenager. Anyway, that's my 2 cents. Good luck with your decision, and please return to let us know what you decide. ;-)PocahontasHostHatchbacks / Station Wagons / Women's Auto Center Boards
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Once you're narrowed down your choices, you should also try asking your questions in our individual vehicle discussions.... where there's usually more activity. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your decision.
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