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Family Car Guide’s Must-See Family Vehicles: 2012 Detroit Auto Show


2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Ford Fusion

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Visitors to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (Jan. 14-21 at Cobo Hall) have many exciting new products and displays to grab their attention, but we’ve singled out a few of our top choices for a list of must-see family vehicles at this year’s show.

2013 Ford Fusion

The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan, besides its dramatic new styling, is also the first sedan offering gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain options. As we reported previously, the outgoing Fusion was the third best-selling family car for 2011 behind the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima and ahead of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Chevrolet Malibu. Family car buyers simply have to check out the all-new Ford Fusion to see what’s happening in the ultra-competitive family sedan segment.

2013 Buick Encore

2013 Buick Encore

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2013 Buick Encore

The all-new 2013 Buick Encore compact luxury crossover, co-designed with Opel, will be in dealerships in the first quarter of 2013. Encore highlights include comfortable seating for five adults, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Buick Quiet Tuning, 10 standard airbags and numerous optional advanced safety technologies, and up to 48.4 cubic feet of space with rear seats folded. With the Encore, Buick is targeting the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 compact luxury CUVs, neither of which are currently sold in the U.S. (but the X1 is coming and the Q3 is likely to follow).

2013 Dodge Dart - 2012 Detroit Auto Show

2013 Dodge Dart - 2012 Detroit Auto Show

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2013 Dodge Dart

The name may be a blast from the past, but the 2013 Dodge Dart is all-new and ready to take on the five-passenger compact sedan segment by storm. It’s also the first Chrysler Group vehicle built on Fiat Group architecture and carries, as Chrysler says, the Alfa Romeo DNA. Highly customizable, as spacious inside as a mid-size sedan, good-looking, fuel-efficient and safe, this new small sedan from Dodge is definitely worth a look.

2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS

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2013 Cadillac ATS

With the unveiling of the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS just days ago at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, General Motors signaled that it’s serious about taking on the established compact luxury sedan leaders, the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C Class. About eight inches shorter than the mid-size Cadillac CTS, the new ATS is the latest iteration of the brand’s Art & Science design philosophy. Two new four-cylinder engines (one a turbo) and a V-6 engine will be offered, and a diesel has been confirmed for sometime during the car’s first life-cycle. As for a BMW M3-fighter, that’s also reportedly in the works.

2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept

2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept

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2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept

Current and prospective Honda Accord sedan owners who want to catch a glimpse of the ninth-generation Accord mid-size family sedan going on sale this fall should take some time to get up close and personal with the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept at the Detroit Auto Show. As our sister publication MotorAuthority points out, there will be gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the all-new 2013 Accord. The new sedan is about the same size inside, according to Honda, but with a shorter wheelbase and lower weight, the car will have more responsive handling.

2013 Lincoln MKZ concept

2013 Lincoln MKZ concept

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Lincoln MKZ Concept

If you’re going to look at the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan, you have to check out the Lincoln MKZ Concept debuting right alongside it. MotorAuthority has more details on the Lincoln MKZ Concept, but it is likely a preview of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ. As for the future direction of the luxury mid-size sedan, Lincoln promises “a new brand,” one that delivers “elegant simplicity.”

Chrysler 700C Concept - 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Chrysler 700C Concept - 2012 Detroit Auto Show

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Chrysler 700C Concept

The Chrysler 700C Concept debuting at the Detroit Auto Show is just a design concept at this point and not likely to see production. But show goers can give Chrysler their thoughts on what they’d like to see the company provide for its next-generation of minivans. In fact, that’s Chrysler’s intent. For now, check out this futuristic three-row minivan concept while you’re at the show.

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