Family Cars

2013 Ford Escape Debuts At 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show
2013 Ford Escape Debuts At 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show

For Ford, the all-new 2013 Escape compact crossover is ready to take on the perennial best-selling small CUV in the segment, the Honda CR-V, itself sporting a fresh redesign for 2012. This isn’t just a mild makeover for the Escape, mind you, but a new-from-the-ground-up redesign, as our...Read More»

2013 Cadillac XTS
2013 Cadillac XTS: New Luxury Sedan Debuts At 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show

With the debut of the 2013 Cadillac XTS large luxury sedan at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, General Motors executives may now have one more product to compete against BMW. At least, that’s what GM President Mark Reuss has said in recent media interviews from the show floor. The XTS, though...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Azera
2012 Hyundai Azera: All-New, Large Family Sedan Bows At 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show

The Hyundai Azera was last redesigned for 2006, so the large family sedan was well due for a change. And Hyundai definitely delivers with the 2012 Azera just introduced at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. For family car buyers requiring comfort, safety, plenty of passenger and cargo space, good...Read More»

2012 Audi A7 3.0T
2012 Large Family Cars With The Biggest Trunks

Fitting the family comfortably into the major means of transportation is one thing. Being able to stow items in the trunk or hatchback is another. The two needs are not mutually exclusive. Here we take a look at 2012 large family cars with the biggest trunks. 2012 Audi A7 With 24.5 cubic feet of...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Suburban
Four Family Vehicles With The Longest Continuous Production

We don’t generally think about history when it comes to family vehicles. Maybe we should. Here we take a look at four family vehicles with the longest continuous production. Besides weathering the whims of the marketplace, myriad design changes, economic booms and busts, these family vehicles...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
Family Cars With Drowsy Alert Technology

In keeping with Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, November 6-12, we thought it fitting to follow up our story on one-third of drivers admitting to driving while half-asleep with a list of some of the family cars available today with drowsy alert technology. While different manufacturers call their...Read More»

2012 Honda Pilot
2012 Family Crossovers With The Best Cargo Flexibility

With all the number and variety of crossovers on the market today, families can probably use some help determining which ones offer the best cargo flexibility. Along with other family prerequisites, such as passenger capacity, fuel economy, interior design, features, safety and price, how flexible...Read More»

A 2012 Chevy Sonic undergoes frontal offset crash testing. Image: GM Corp.
NHTSA’s 2012 Vehicle List For Five-Star Safety Rating Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced it will test 74 2012 passenger vehicles in its five-star safety rating program that was revamped last year. The list includes 42 passenger cars, 22 SUVs and crossovers, two minivans, and eight pickup trucks. The NHTSA (via...Read More»

Ford Explorer LEGOLAND
Lego My Ford Explorer: Florida Theme Park To Feature Family SUV

No, you can’t buy it, but the kids will love it anyway. What is it? It’s the Ford Explorer Legoland, a one-of-a-kind Explorer constructed from more than 380,000 Lego bricks. The visually-arresting red Legoland Florida edition Explorer took more than 2,500 hours to create and will...Read More»

2012 Lexus RX 350
2012 Family SUVs And Crossovers With Hill-Start Assist

When you buy an SUV or a crossover to transport your family, friends and assorted paraphernalia and cargo for various lifestyle pursuits, you want to be sure that it won’t roll backwards on a sloping incline. You also want to feel confident about being able to start it up without having to...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna Limited
Best Backseat DVD Entertainment Systems: Parents, Bliss Out

Among the many features you can spend money on in the family car, one is perhaps most sought-after by passengers in the rear seat. In-car DVD rear entertainment systems, though often a bit costly, can make a big difference between back-seat peace and quiet and sibling rivalry gone awry. We took a...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2012 Family Cars With Hill-Hold Assist

Drivers who live in hilly areas or on streets with steep inclines learn fairly quickly that it takes a certain amount of skill to safely park and be able to start up again without rolling backward. No more need to turn the wheels into the curb or put blocks behind the rear wheels, as long as you...Read More»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
Americans To Drive More, Fly Less This Labor Day Weekend

The last gasp of summer is quickly approaching and families across America are making plans to do something to celebrate Labor Day weekend. According to a forecast from AAA, that means some 31.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend. That's a drop of 2.4...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: 43 MPG Tops Fusion Hybrid, Sonata Hybrid

In the mid-size family sedan segment, competition is intense. To be a sales success, products have to deliver on multiple fronts: safety, features, convenience, passenger and cargo space, technology and fuel economy. For 2012, the redesigned Toyota Camry Hybrid has upped the ante by achieving a...Read More»

Volkswagen Logo
Seven-Seat SUV In Volkswagen’s Future?

Family buyers looking for an alternative seven-seat SUV to what’s currently in the market may have another choice in the near future if German automaker Volkswagen’s possible plans to get into the segment come to fruition. Why bother? The automaker already has the compact Tiguan and...Read More»

2012 Buick Verano
2012 Buick Verano: The Sounds Of Silence

Think about the concept for a moment: A family car that promises – and delivers – the sounds of silence. Now think about the typical stresses and noise that go along with everyday family life. Wouldn't it be nice to get in a family car that gives you that precious quiet time? The...Read More»

2010 Kia Rondo
Funny, Fickle Consumers – Or Why The Kia Rondo Flopped Here (Maybe)

A year ago this month, our sister publication TheCarConnection reported that Korean automaker Kia confirmed the demise of its Rondo minivan. Though it won some hearts and minds with TCC’s editors, the cross between a minivan and a hatchback never really caught on with U.S. consumers during...Read More»

All-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric
2012 Ford Focus Electric Only Available In California And New York In 2011

Buyers looking to bring the 2012 Ford Focus Electric home to the family garage are going to be out of luck until next spring, unless they live in California or New York. The slow Ford rollout of the Focus Electric has been confirmed by David Finnegan, Ford’s Electrified Vehicles Marketing...Read More»

2012 Honda Crosstour EX-L
2012 Honda Crosstour Preview

Honda’s five-passenger 2012 Crosstour receives some styling and features enhancements, but nothing major in the way of powertrain changes. It’s also simply called the Honda Crosstour now, having dropped the Accord name. Two models are available, the Crosstour EX and Crosstour EX-L. The...Read More»

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