Family

2012 Nissan Quest Priced From $27,750
2012 Nissan Quest Priced From $27,750

Families in the market for a reasonably-priced new minivan may find a lot to like in the seven-passenger 2012 Nissan Quest, which the automaker has priced from $27,750. This year’s Quest is available in four different models: S, SV, SL, and top-of-the-line LE. Each is powered by the...Read More»

Statistics on children and heat stroke, via Ward's Auto
Should NHTSA Mandate Technology To Prevent Child Heat Stroke Deaths In Cars?

A recent article in WardsAuto.com by Drew Winter caused a bit of a stir with its title, “The Nanny State Eyes Nanny Cars.” The gist of the story is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after its July 2011 roundtable in Washington, D.C. on child hyperthermia...Read More»

Project Ignition
Project Ignition Students Take The Lead During National Teen Driver Safety Week

During National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 16-22, 2011, the students of Project Ignition are organizing powerful awareness and engagement activities across the United States. According to claims data from State Farm, October is the most dangerous month of the year for teen driver crashes as...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Front Exterior View
2011-2012 Mercedes-Benz Diesel Vehicles: Recall Alert

Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain 2011-2012 vehicles equipped with clean diesel engines over concerns about a fuel leak. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected vehicles at 6,872. The safety recall involves 2011...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»

U.S. lawmakers to get tougher on teen drivers
First Month Of Driving Riskiest For Teens, AAA Says

Highlighting the importance of continuing parental involvement in teens’ transition to solo driving, a new study from the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation finds that teens are 50 percent more likely to crash during their first month of unsupervised driving than after a year’s worth of...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
What’s Behind Automaker Price Cuts On Some 2012 Models?

In a tight economy, families are searching for ways to stretch the dollar. Automakers know that one way to entice buyers in such times is to drop the prices on certain vehicles. But are those price cuts really deals or do consumers need to look at what’s behind the price tag? As noted in our...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2009-2011 Hyundai Santa Fe, Veracruz And Kia Sorento: Recall Alert

Curt Manufacturing, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is conducting a safety recall on certain 2009-2011 Hyundai Santa Fe and Veracruz and Kia Sorento crossover SUVs over concerns about a tow package wiring harness defect. Separate notices on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site...Read More»

booster seat with good fit  -  IIHS
Child Booster Seats: Which Are Best, Which To Avoid?

Protecting your child in the family car should always be a top parental priority and this includes the transition from infant to convertible to booster child safety seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just released new evaluations of booster seats that should be required...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300
False Advertising From Ford And Chrysler? Or Much Ado About Nothing?

It could be a tempest in a teapot or just the latest in the slings and arrows tossed about by this group or that, but Made in the USA Foundation, a California-based advocacy group, claims that Ford and Chrysler are guilty of false advertising and has filed claims with the Federal Trade Commission...Read More»

The 2012 Nissan Maxima. Image: Nissan
Nissan Vows To Restore Consumer Confidence In Its Product Quality

Feeling the sting from low quality scores in recent J.D. Power and Associates surveys, Nissan Motor Co. is amping up plans to do something to restore consumer confidence in its products. Specifically, Nissan will concentrate its efforts on two key areas: perceived quality and so-called “soft...Read More»

2012 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler’s New Product Plans: Reduce Duplication Among Brands

Streamlining product lines is nothing new among automakers, but Chrysler’s plans for future products may catch some consumers by surprise. The idea is to reduce duplication across brands, eliminate customer confusion and, obviously, increase sales. What’s on tap for Chrysler Group in...Read More»

2013 Lexus GS 350
2012-2013 Family Cars With The Best Sound Systems

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could take our awesome home theater-surround sound system with us on the road, especially if we’re frequently traveling or carry the family along? Sure, it costs a little more for the best in-car sound systems direct from the factory, but isn’t the pure...Read More»

2012 Volvo XC90
2012 Seven-Passenger Family Vehicles

Families with a need to carry seven passengers all at one time have several vehicle types to choose from: SUVs, crossovers and minivans. But just because you need a vehicle that can carry seven doesn’t mean that you need to buy one that is extraordinarily expensive. In fact, there are many...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Genesis Prada
2014 Hyundai Genesis, Equus To Get Ten-Speed Automatic?

It was pretty much destined to happen. With luxury automakers climbing on the increased gear ratio bandwagon, giving us seven-, eight- and nine-speed transmissions, Hyundai is upping the ante even further with their in-house development of a ten-speed automatic for future luxury models. As...Read More»

2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
GM To Help With Gas Gauge Repair Cost On 2005-2007 SUVs

Owners of model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy and Saab 9-7 SUVs who have faulty gas gauges will get some help from General Motors to pay for the repairs. GM has agreed to pay for half the cost to fix malfunctioning fuel sensors in select vehicles. The problem of...Read More»

2011 Toyota Avalon
Car Buying Tips For Savvy Older Drivers

No disrespect here, but older drivers can sometimes use a little help in figuring out the whole car-buying process, and being happy with the results. With that in mind, we offer the following tips to the oldsters among us on how to navigate buying a car. (1) Do your research. You wouldn’t...Read More»

Texting while driving
Driver Reaction Time Doubles With Texting: Study

Most of us probably already recognize that texting while driving is a dangerous behavior. Still, many drivers continue to do so, despite safety warnings about distracted driving. New research, however, shows that texting behind the wheel doubles driver reaction time. The study, reported by Reuters...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Equinox
2014 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Getting Eco eAssist Hybrid System?

Families looking for a high-mileage compact crossover from Chevy or GMC may be in luck if reports prove true that the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain will receive the mild-hybrid system called “eAssist” in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and “Eco” in the 2013...Read More»

The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.