Family Cars

Jelly Belly And Mitsubishi’s Electric Car: Sweet Treat
Jelly Belly And Mitsubishi’s Electric Car: Sweet Treat

Mitsubishi had a sweet idea, pairing up with the Jelly Belly Candy Company for some custom graphics to plaster on the side of the automaker’s upcoming electric car, the 2012 Mitsubishi i. The novel promotion, in conjunction with the opening of the 2011 Sweets & Snacks Expo, featured a...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Memorial Day Road Trip: Ten Tips To Get There Safely

If your family will be among the estimated nearly 35 million Americans on the road this Memorial Day weekend, you'll want to be safe behind the wheel so that everyone arrives at their destination and back with no mishaps. Here are 10 road trip safety tips to help ensure a safe holiday weekend. 1...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Car Seat Safety: An Update On Age Guidelines, Car-Seat Advice

Whether you’re the parents of an infant or toddler or a young child under the age of 12, carrying them safely in your car means you need to know the right kind of child car seat to use – and how to correctly install it. But do you know the latest age guidelines on child car seats? The...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ
Family Car Advice: What If You Have To Buy Now?

Looking at the news reports, it’s no secret that buying a new or used family car today is much less attractive than it was a few months ago. But if your car is about to expire or your current lease is up and you have to get into another set of wheels, that’s not comforting at all. What...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Top 10 Road Trip Cars Of 2011

Summer is right around the corner and, if you’re like a majority of Americans, you’re thinking about taking some sort of road trip. Maybe it’s to the seashore for a long weekend or a rental cabin for an extended time away. Trip destinations are personal choices, just as the cars...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ
Report: Chevy's 2012 Impala Packs 302 Horsepower

It’s no secret that the 2012 Chevrolet Impala will be getting GM’s updated 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. What we didn’t know until General Motors Insider broke the story was how much horsepower that 3.6-liter engine would yield. According to the 2012...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Genesis
All-Wheel Drive Hyundai Genesis? Not Until Next-Gen 2014

Striving to be a luxury automaker for its top-end models – and doing rather well at it, we might say – it looks like Korean automaker Hyundai won’t be offering an all-wheel drive version of the Genesis luxury sedan until the next generation model. According to a report in Car and...Read More»

2011 Lexus GX 460
Kiplinger's Picks 2011 Cars With The Best Resale Value

Everybody wants to think they’ve made a great car purchase, one that will hold its value three to five years down the road – especially if it’s a family car. But the decision is sometimes a trade-off between what we really want and what the car experts (the people who study these...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Kia Optima Beats Honda Accord In CR Family-Sedan Test

Kia has certainly come a long way. The company’s creative commercials touting redesigned product lineup are just one indicator of how Kia has managed to capture consumer attention. But the Korean automaker also builds high-quality cars that are worthy of serious consideration as family sedans...Read More»

Ford studies dandelions
Dandelion Not Just For Salads Anymore; How About Floor Mats?

Hold the weed killer! While homeowners typically look at dandelions sprouting on the lawn and immediately look for ways to kill the invasive weed, researchers at Ford and Ohio State University are studying the plant for ways to use it as a substitute for rubber and plastic in – you guessed it...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport
Today's Car News from High Gear Media: May 9, 2011

Oh hai Monday. I see you've jacked up gas prices to $4 a gallon. The only way you'd be less likable is if you were twins. [TheCarConnection] There may be some brief relief from the rise in gas prices, in the near term. [TheCarConnection] But if you're looking for permanent relief to record-high gas...Read More»

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Family Car Advice: The Best Family Wagons For 2011

When it comes to hauling kids, groceries and everyday stuff of life, a good wagon makes the value equation just about every time. The good news for consumers is that automakers, who virtually ditched wagons in favor of SUVs, minivans and crossovers in recent years have seen the light and rekindled...Read More»

2011 Audi A8
Six 2011 High-Tech Luxury Sedans For Affluent Families

Sitting in a top-drawer luxury sedan certainly has its appeal, for the well-heeled family. Commuting's just better with LCD touchscreens and Dolby surround sound, isn't it? And isn't a long vacation trip easier with twin 8-inch DVD screens in the back seat? When you pay the price, a luxury family...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS Sedan
All-Wheel Drive Gaining Traction In More Than Just Luxury Vehicles

Given a choice between a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle and one that has all-wheel drive (AWD) -- depending on the buyer and the vehicle -- consumers seem increasingly likely to select AWD. That’s according to a report in the Detroit Free Press highlighting the importance of AWD to several...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna SE: photo by Todd Allen
Family Car Advice: Never Leave Kids Alone In The Car

After a cruel winter in many parts of the country, and some areas still struggling after destructive tornadoes and floods, it’s a breath of fresh air to look forward to summer – and a little relief from all our woes. But, just as certain as summer follows spring, every year there are...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ
Chevrolet Impala: No Redesign Until 2014 Model Year

In what has to be a blow to Chevrolet’s contention that their recent new product offerings symbolize the revitalized Chevrolet, Automotive News’ Rick Kranz, in a recent posting, took exception to the bow-tie brand’s claim. In Kranz’ view, as with many astute industry...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
Great Family Cars With Great Gas Mileage--For Under $25,000

With gas prices hovering in the mid- to high-$4-per-gallon territory in many parts of the country, consumers looking for more fuel-efficient cars for family members that don’t break the bank have some excellent choices. These eight fuel-sipping new cars all check in with a base price of less...Read More»

Traffic Jam
What's Bad (And What's Good) About $5-Per-Gallon Gas Prices

It’s no joke that Americans are feeling pain at the pump, with gasoline prices inching up to the $5 per gallon mark in some parts of the country. Pollsters, pundits and the average Joe and Jane on the street all have their thoughts about what this bodes for our immediate future. Here at...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
Third Row Seats: The 6 Smallest, Easiest-Parking Vehicles With Them

If you require seating for six or seven, you'll probably need a third row. But at the moment that you realize you need more than five seating positions, your entire range of vehicle possibilities becomes much more limited. Getting a third row often involves settling for a much larger vehicle that's...Read More»

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