Family Cars

Five 2012 Green Family Cars from the New York Auto Show
Five 2012 Green Family Cars from the New York Auto Show

Let’s face it. Even if you feel you need to trade in or downsize to a less expensive car, you still are loathe to give up what you’ve become accustomed to in the way of comfort, style, features and that all-important Bluetooth connectivity. At the 2011 New York Auto Show, five new model...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Accent
Hyundai VP Says Its Upcoming Products Will Target Families

Lots of news nuggets get tossed about at the big U.S. auto shows, and the word from Hyundai product planning VP this week at the 2011 New York Auto Show is that the Korean automaker will target families for its upcoming products. Hyundai has already scored big with its redesigned Hyundai Sonata...Read More»

2012 Nissan Versa
2012 Nissan Versa: Dirt-Cheap Compact Unveiled At 2011 NY Auto Show

Nissan looks to stick to its bragging point as offering the least-expensive compact car in the market with the introduction of the 2012 Nissan Versa at the 2011 New York Auto Show. How cheap is it? Some call it dirt-cheap, and at just $10,990, that descriptor seems accurate. The new front-wheel...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu leaked
2013 Chevrolet Malibu: New Photos

General Motors’ Chevrolet division has just released two new photos of the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu family sedan, which goes on sale next year as a 2013 model. The all-new Chevy Malibu will have its world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show simultaneous with a webcast on Facebook...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Green Cars For 2011

When editors of Kelley Blue Book prepared to select the “Top 10 Green Cars for 2011,” KBB’s annual listing of the most fuel-efficient cars, they sought to balance what buyers want in today’s cars – safety, creature comforts and driving enjoyment – with fuel...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Impala 4-door Sedan LT Retail Angular Rear Exterior View
2012 Chevrolet Impala Goes 21st Century: New Power, Folding Back Seat

For 2012, the Chevrolet Impala will finally throw the pushrod V-6s and ancient four-speed automatics to the wayside. Chevy's large sedan—and the Malibu's more anonymous big brother—gets an upgrade to GM's 3.6-liter DOHC engine and a six-speed automatic, plus a number of appearance and...Read More»

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How To Protect Your Car From Thieves

Anyone who has returned to where they know they parked their car only to find it’s been stolen knows the sinking feeling. “If only I’d followed my instincts and parked closer to the store, under a light, not been gone so long…” After the fact, there’s not much...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-V
Gender Car Wars: Women Buy Practical Cars, While Men Go For Looks

Adding a little spice to the automotive buyer behavior debate, a just-released TrueCar demographic study based on 2010 car buyer behavior finds that women and men approach the purchase of a car from totally different perspectives. At least, that’s what TrueCar’s findings show. The study...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze preview
Delay Teen Driving, Save On Insurance?

It’s a headline sure to cause a family revolt – if you have a teenager at or approaching driving age, that is. What parent would go so far as to delay their teen’s getting a driver’s license and driving? According to results from a just-released Nationwide Insurance survey...Read More»

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Best-Selling Family Cars for 2011, So Far

What's the best-selling family car in America? With automakers reporting March sales and an unexpected first place for the mid-size Nissan Altima as the best-selling sedan in America for the first time, the mid-size Toyota Camry still takes the top spot in first-quarter 2011 sales in the U.S...Read More»

2007 Saturn VUE I4
Family Car Tip: Keeping Your Car Rodent-Free

It’s no laughing matter when hungry rodents – rats, squirrels, even raccoons – start chewing the wiring on the family car. Those burned by this expensive repair know that just having the wiring replaced doesn’t get rid of the problem. The critters often just come back...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 300
Five Affordable, Comfortable 2011 Large Sedans

When is comfort more important than on a long family road trip? For that matter, if you’re looking for room to stretch out and be able to enjoy the scenery – and family conversation -- in something other than a crossover, wagon or SUV, what are some 2011 sedans that fit the bill without...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
The Most Fuel-Efficient Cars Include Lincolns and Lexuses?

There are green car lists, high fuel economy lists, and then there’s TrueCar’s annual Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars” list, which rates all new vehicles on sale in the new model year by gas mileage. The list is valuable in comparing fuel costs for highly fuel-efficient cars at...Read More»

2011 Toyota Camry LE
Pay-As-You-Drive Car Insurance: Big Savings, No Privacy?

Why should good drivers have to pay to subsidize the bad driving behavior of the other guys? Surveys show that most Americans – 95 percent – believe they are good drivers. So that really bad driving behavior is from the five percent out there. Why not shave off up to 30 percent in car...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Ten Gas-Saving Tips For Road Warriors (And Family Trips)

If concerns about rising fuel prices are getting you down, you’re not alone. Driving in America is all about personal freedom, and we’re not likely to give that up anytime soon. But higher prices at the pump are causing many to re-think how, when, and where they drive. On the other...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Traverse
GM, Honda, MINI: Five New Additions To IIHS 2011 Top Safety Picks

Anytime family cars receive top safety accolades is good news for consumers looking for safe family transportation choices. As part of continuing testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has added five vehicles to its list of 2011 Top Safety Picks. The additions include a trio of...Read More»

2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h: New Hybrid Consideration For Small Family Car

As hybrids go, the all-new five-passenger 2011 Lexus CT 200h has a lot to like – especially the 42 mpg (combined) fuel economy and better-than-expected handling. It’s certainly no sports car, but it does acquit itself quite well in Sport mode (more about that later). With the entry of...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Toyota, Lexus Big Winners In Intellichoice 2011 Best Overall Value Of The Year Awards

Intellichoice, part of the Motor Trend Market Group, recently announced its 2011 Best Overall Value of the Year Awards. Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus dominate the list with 11 wins (seven for Toyota and four for Lexus) in 21 categories. Why is it important to look at overall value when shopping...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
Why Now May be a Good Time To Lease The Family Car

To lease or not to lease, that’s a good question. For many months, the answer has likely been a resounding 'No' for many American families. That’s because good lease deals were few and far between, and with the economic uncertainty, many people simply put off the prospect of looking at...Read More»

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