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Recall Alert: Subaru Recalls Nearly 74,000 Vehicles
Recall Alert: Subaru Recalls Nearly 74,000 Vehicles

Subaru has announced a recall of 73,698 2010 Outback and Legacy models due to a potential problem with the steering column. Wiring located in the steering column electrical roll connector could develop stress cracks and break, potentially causing certain electrical components to be unable to...Read More»

2010 Dodge Avenger
Family Car Advice: Make Sure to Use the Correct Fuel

It may seem like a no-brainer, but with more cars switching over to turbo-powered engines (think Ford's EcoBoost engines), driver's need to pay more attention than ever to what fuel rating their car or truck requires. Generally speaking, there are several choices of octane--87, 89, 91, or 93...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi SE AWD
Family Car Compare: 2010 Ford Fusion vs. 2010 Suzuki Kizashi

It's time again for a look at two family cars--this time we present the 2010 Ford Fusion and the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. We'll take a quick peek at both cars through the eyes of our parent site, The Car Connection, and see which one comes out on top. The Fusion was restyled for 2010, while the Kizashi...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf
Top Five New Car Bargains

If you are like most people you probably think the only good automotive deals come from the used car section of an auto dealership. With new car prices generally so astronomical, who on earth can afford to choose a car from the showroom where the cars are shinier and the salespeople don’t wear...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Top Safety Picks Among the Best 2010 Compact Cars

Compact, fuel efficient cars are becoming more and more relevant to new car shoppers than ever before. First we have the burden of future economic uncertainty, constantly wavering gas prices and the ever appealing lure of just downsizing your life. And if you buy the right model they can be a lot...Read More»

2011 Mustang GT 5.0
Best Affordable Sporty Cars for a Midlife Crisis in the middle of a Recession

As many people (primarily men) approach the middle of their lives a strange phenomenon occurs. They may start exercising more, using Rogaine again and they may be overtaken by an insane urge to buy a ridiculously expensive new sports car. Usually a red or black one. But do you really have to buy a...Read More»

Weeklong Roadtest: Is the 2010 Honda Accord EX Family Sedan for You?

Once you have driven a fair number of family sedans as a road tester you really begin to be able to hone in on the subtle nuances which separate the average models from the truly legendary. So when you are asked to test drive an icon like the 2010 Honda Accord EX sedan, the natural journalistic...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Family Car Advice: Don't Talk Numbers With A Salesperson Too Early

A quick bit of advice for car buyers who are shopping this weekend: If you know what you can afford in terms of a monthly payment, don't disclose it to the salesperson too early in the sales process. If you do, the sales person will do whatever he or she can to make sure that's what you pay. He or...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
News: Top IIHS Safety Picks For 2010 Have Been Released

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its top safety picks for 2010, and several family-oriented cars have made the list. The Institute performs four tests to determine how crash-worthy a given vehicle is. There are four ratings standards: Good, acceptable, marginal, and poor...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
Family Car Advice: Know What You're Buying

A sad story out of Canada reminds us that paying attention to fine print and fast talk is extremely important when buying a car. Jalopnik has all the sordid details, but the short story is that a mentally-disabled woman in Canada was tricked into buying a car when she went in for routine service...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna
Minivan Wars: 2011 Toyota Sienna SE vs. 2010 Honda Odyssey EX

This week we here at FamilyCarGuide.com are driving a pre-production Toyota Sienna SE minivan which, in a semi-altered homage to the film Get Shorty, has been hailed by many as the "sports car of minivans." Come on now, a minivan? Well, Toyota hit the Sienna SE minivan so far out of the park that...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander SE
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander V-6 Versus 2010 Toyota RAV4 V-6

In all reality the four cylinder versions of these well engineered, agile "cute-utes" (or small SUVs if you prefer) are probably the far more rational models to choose not necessarily because of their fuel economy but more for their lower sticker prices. For instance, four cylinder versions of the...Read More»

BraunAbility Ramp Van
BraunAbility Wheelchair Vans Help Disabled People With Daily Life

If you’ve ever had a really bad case of the flu, broken your leg or been in any way incapacitated in your life you realize that the only thing you really want is to feel “normal” again. The same is true of any person living with a disability that requires they be in a wheelchair. One of the...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Tucson
Top Five SUVs that Cost Less than $25,000

Sometimes in life you find that while your responsibilities are growing, your income isn’t expanding at the same rate. For instance, the arrival of a new baby or the process of buying a home or budget cutbacks at work can all eat into your liquid assets. So what do you do if that baby you are...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Hybrid 4-door Sedan L4 CVT Instrument Cluster
Road Test: 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid Is An Intelligent Hauler

The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid is the gas/electric vehicle for people who don’t want to call attention to their eco-consciousness or desire to save money on gas. It is also for people who don’t necessarily revel in being able to sneak up on people in parking lots in silent electric mode all the...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima
Road Test: 2010 Nissan Altima Is Sexy, Frugal Family Transport

When you are out shopping for an inexpensive mainstream family sedan you sure have plenty of choices ranging from the Camry to the new Sonata to the Accord to the Fusion to the Malibu. But how many of those family sedans can really be counted as being classically handsome? While each of those cars...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R
The Five Best 2010 Six-Cylinder Family Sedans

When you think of a traditional family sedan perhaps your mind wanders to idyllic childhood journeys with your family on Sunday afternoons. Or perhaps you remember arguments, fights and stony cold silences in the front seats but that is a topic that is best left to your therapist. At least everyone...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner
Weeklong Road Test: 2010 Toyota 4Runner Is Securely A TRUCK

Sometimes the media just doesn’t trust that the average American is actually pretty darn smart. For instance, most American TRUCK shoppers realize that the 2010 4Runner is built on a TRUCK based body-on-frame chassis and as such it will not have the handling characteristics of your average Camry...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Aveo LS
Is the 2010 Chevy Aveo5 Economy Hatchback Really as Bad as Everyone Says?

It is funny but when an all new model is launched so much is expected to be perfect and very often times carmakers get certain things wrong. Like, for instance, when the Chevy Aveo initially launched it had a crayon box-feel to the low quality dashboard and door trim, the styling of the hatchback...Read More»

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