Family Cars

2012 Mazda CX-5: First Look
2012 Mazda CX-5: First Look

Mazda is giving consumers an advance look at its brand-new compact crossover, the 2012 CX-5, ahead of its world debut at next month’s 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. For family buyers, there’s a lot to like. For starters, the styling of the CX-5, which is the replacement for the current Mazda...Read More»

2012 Mazda CX-5
Ford Recall, 2012 Mazda CX-5, 2012 Audi A6: Car News Headlines

Ford is recalling over one million trucks due to a major fuel tank flaw. [TheCarConnection] Want to see the live reveal of the 2013 Lexus GS? Like Lexus on Facebook. [SocialCarNews] Top Gear says it can put whatever it wants into its films. [AllCarsElectric] Mazda has revealed the 2012 CX-5, which...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Equus
Family Vehicles With APEAL: J.D. Power Study

The results of the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study are out and family vehicles make up the bulk of the list. The APEAL study takes a look at how “gratifying” a new vehicle is to own and drive and is based on owner comments...Read More»

2013 Infiniti JX Concept teaser
2013 Infiniti JX Concept: Third Teaser Photo Of Luxury Family Crossover

Here it is, week number three of a “Power of 7” seven-week teaser photo campaign for the all-new, seven-passenger luxury family crossover, the 2013 Infiniti JX Concept. Previous teaser shots provided a glimpse of the front and rear of the JX Concept, while the latest gives a closer look...Read More»

2011 Volvo XC60
Mid-Size SUVs With Forward Collision Avoidance Systems

Families looking to buy vehicles with safety features that pay off may want to take a good look at mid-size SUVs offering forward collision avoidance systems. Volvo XC60 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just recognized the Volvo XC60 luxury mid-size crossover SUV’s City...Read More»

2012 Lincoln Navigator
Ten Ways to Organize Weekly Family Errands in Your Car

In cities, towns, suburbs and rural areas all across America, one thing is nearly universal: the need to use a car to do weekly errands. Families trying to economize by saving money on gas as well as maximizing their use of time can use all the help they can get. In line with this, here are ten...Read More»

2013 Infiniti JX Concept teaser
2013 Infiniti JX Concept: Second Teaser Photo of Luxury Family Crossover

Dribbling out teaser photos of its all-new luxury crossover, the 2013 Infiniti JX Concept, the Japanese automaker is doing its best to ratchet up consumer interest in the seven-passenger family vehicle. While the first teaser shot previews the front of the JX Concept, the second, appearing...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-4X
Sun For the Whole Family: Family Cars with Dual Sunroofs

Call them sunroofs or moonroofs, UltraView or Panorama, or even something else, when it comes to the best family cars with dual sunroofs, it’s not the name that matters but how top-drawer the feature is. Here are dual sunroofs from six automakers worth a look. Family vehicle choices include...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS
Groupon Groupies: $199 Gets $500 Off A GM Vehicle (In One Michigan Town)

Who doesn’t love a good deal? Every family head worth his or her coupon clippings knows that Groupon is often a bargain. You just need to need the item. And a new GM vehicle might just be the right item. At least, that’s what one GM dealer in Highland Township, Michigan believes. As...Read More»

2012 Nissan Versa four-door sedan
2012 Nissan Versa: Least-Expensive Car in America at $10,990

It’s more than a bare-bones compact car just to get buyers in the door, but the $10,990 starting price for the redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa sedan will likely do exactly that when it goes on sale in early August. Better yet, the second-generation five-passenger Versa sedan is a nicely-equipped...Read More»

2005 Toyota Prius
End of the Free Ride: California Nixes Hybrid Access to Carpool Lanes – For Now

If you’re one of the lucky 85,000 California drivers of hybrids with yellow decals permitting access to carpool lanes, the free ride is over – for now. The state officially ends this program June 30 and will replace it with a new sticker program for electric and plug-in cars in the near...Read More»

2011 Ford Flex
What's Your Favorite Non-Minivan Family Car? #YouTellUs

In the 1980s and 1990s, the minivan ruled the school carpool and the pickup lane at daycare centers across this great land. They were new, they were clever, they were American. And then SUVs came along, and they were much cooler, and newer, and even more American. That's when minivan sales started...Read More»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country To Get AWD Again

It’s ironic that the brand that invented the minivan ditched all-wheel drive (AWD) back in 2004, but Chrysler could be preparing a return to the AWD minivan market. According to Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne, the next-generation Chrysler minivan will have all-wheel drive...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Insuring Family Cars Too High? Five Factors To Consider

No question the economy has caused some serious disruptions in family financial situations. Many families have made lifestyle changes they’d never have imagined doing just to survive. In a struggle to make ends meet, many are making decisions that could prove either costly or cost-efficient...Read More»

Dan Akerson, GM CEO as of September 1, 2010
Blunt-Talking GM CEO Akerson Calls For Higher Gas Taxes

When GM CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit News last week that the federal gas tax on vehicles should be raised as much as $1 per gallon to encourage consumers to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles, it was not just what he said but how he said it that made news. It’s been a while since the auto...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Underinflated Tires Can Cost You: Do Your PART

Planning to head out soon for a summer vacation or a quick weekend getaway? Before you do, make sure you do something even more important than packing your bags. Do your PART and check your tires for proper pressure. Since next week (June 5-11) is the 10th National Tire Safety Week, an initiative...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna SE: photo by Todd Allen
Child Heat Stroke Deaths In Cars Hit Sad Milestone

On the last day of May, a three-year-old boy in New Orleans died of heat stroke in a car, making him the 500th such death since 1998. The victim had been left alone in a car all day. Just think about that – left by himself the entire day in a car. He died from heat stroke (or hyperthermia)...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento
2012 Kia Sorento Zooms In Residual Value

Sales figures don’t lie. The Kia Sorento has been a runaway hit for the brand ever since Kia launched the compact crossover in January 2010. That’s 16 months and counting as Kia’s best-selling model with total sales of 148,031 (through April). It’s about to get even better...Read More»

Traffic
Unfit To Drive? Study Says It's 1 In 5

According to a new study by GMAC Insurance, nearly 37 million Americans – about 18 percent – are unfit to drive on the road. That’s nearly one in five drivers today. It’s ironic that most Americans, if you ask them, will say that they’re safe drivers. But our tendency...Read More»

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