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Six 2012 Mid-Size Crossovers Under $30,000
Six 2012 Mid-Size Crossovers Under $30,000

When it comes to transporting the family, tending to various lifestyle wants and needs, not every household can make do with a sedan as an all-purpose vehicle, especially if it’s a family consisting of five or more members. Looking at the number of alternate transportation choices available...Read More»

2012 Honda CR-V
2012 Compact Crossovers: Five Under $25,000

As a follow-up to our earlier story Eleven 2012 Crossovers Under $25,000, here we take a closer look at the base models of five compact crossovers on that list. Of importance to families, three of the five are Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS): the 2012 Subaru...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, road test, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2011
2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Recall Alert

General Motors is recalling certain 2012 model year Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars over concerns that a front inner or outer brake pad may be missing. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the potential number of affected vehicles at 4,296. Affected...Read More»

2012 Honda Odyssey
2012 Honda Odyssey: Recall-Alert

Honda is recalling nine 2012 model year Odyssey minivans over concerns about an improperly fastened lower front suspension bolt. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site indicates that the nine Odyssey minivans were built from October 31, 2011 through November 30...Read More»

Third Buick Encore Teaser
Update: 2013 Buick Encore Crossover Teaser Photos

With less than two weeks before the official full reveal at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Buick has revealed two additional teaser photos of its all-new 2013 Buick Encore compact crossover. As we reported earlier, the new small Buick crossover bears some resemblance to its larger brother, the Buick...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry XLE
2012 Toyota Camry Earns Consumer Reports ‘Recommended’ Status

In the mid-size family sedan category, it’s a high-stakes game with 18 models competing for dominance, including three hybrid versions of their gasoline-only counterparts. One of the perennial family car favorites, the Toyota Camry, has even more going for it with the redesigned 2012 Camry...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Priced From $25,850

Pricing for the mid-size 2012 Sonata Hybrid, just announced by Hyundai, begins at $25,850, excluding $760 destination charge. This is good news for consumers in the market for a stylish five-passenger sedan that's rated at 40 mpg highway fuel economy. And the starting price is just $55 higher than...Read More»

2012 Detroit Auto Show
Family Car Preview: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Who doesn’t love a sneak peek at new production and concept vehicles prior to the start of a major auto show? In the case of the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show, a number of automakers are fueling this anticipation by releasing glimpses of some family cars and SUVs they’ll showcase...Read More»

2011 Cadillac SRX
2010-2011 Cadillac SRX: Recall-Alert

General Motors is recalling certain 2010-2011 model year Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles over concerns about a transmission defect that may allow parked vehicles to move. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at...Read More»

2012 Nissan Pathfinder
2011-2012 Nissan And Infiniti: Recall-Alert

Nissan is recalling four Nissan and two Infiniti models over concerns about a potential oil leak issue, which could lead to a crash. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 14,718. The breakdown of the...Read More»

2012 Honda CR-V
Eleven 2012 Crossovers Under $25,000

Consumers in the market for an all-purpose family vehicle that looks good, gets great fuel economy and offers more than bare-bones features would do well to check out the following list of 2012 crossover SUVs, all of which carry a base price, including destination charge, of under $25,000. Note...Read More»

Drunk driver
Rethink Your Drinking This Holiday Period: Keep The Family Safe

The longest holiday period is just ahead, eleven days, to be exact, from December 23 through January 2, 2012. For nearly 92 million Americans, that means getting in the car and traveling to visit family, friends or to take a well-earned and much-needed vacation. That’s the estimate from AAA...Read More»

Blizzard. Image by Flickr user HAM guy
Woman Gives Birth In Truck During Blizzard

Here at Family Car Guide, we try to bring you as much detail as possible on the safety and comfort features of new vehicles. One detail we omit is the vehicle’s suitability for giving birth on a highway during a blizzard, but it seems that a New Mexico woman tested this variable on her own...Read More»

2011 BMW X3
Changing Your Oil Too Often? You Might Be Surprised

How many of us grew up with the admonition from our parents, usually from our dad, that the car’s oil needed to be changed every 3,000 miles? Actually, it was more like three months or 3,000 miles. Times have changed, but far too many of us are still adhering to those outdated...Read More»

2012 Cadillac SRX
Twenty-One 2012 Vehicles Earn NHTSA Five-Star Safety Ratings

In the all-important safety arena, getting high crash test marks from the two major safety rating organizations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) counts a lot with consumers, especially family car buyers. Under the...Read More»

2012 Dodge Avenger
2012 Mid-Size Family Vehicles: Three Under $20,000

In our previous story 2012 Family Vehicles: 20 Under $20,000, only three mid-size models met the $20,000 requirement, including destination charge. Others barely missed the target, coming in at a hundred to several hundred over the price point, including such popular mid-size sedans as the 2012...Read More»

2011 Nissan Sentra
2010-2011 Nissan Sentra: Recall-Alert

Nissan is recalling certain 2010-2011 model year Sentra compact sedans equipped with MR20 engines over a potential battery terminal issue that may cause the engine to stall and not restart. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential...Read More»

2012 Kia Forte
2012 Compact Sedans: Five Under $20,000

As a follow-up to 2012 Family Vehicles: 20 Under $20,000, today we’re comparing what buyers get for the money in the base model of five main compact sedan competitors: Kia Forte, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze. By way of comparison, it’s first instructive...Read More»

2011 Nissan Juke
2011 Nissan Juke: Recall-Alert

Nissan is recalling certain 2011 Nissan Juke compact cars over concerns that they could stall without warning. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 28,294. Affected vehicles were manufactured April 9, 2010, the...Read More»

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