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2012 Mazda CX-5 Compact Crossover: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
2012 Mazda CX-5 Compact Crossover: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

It would be easy to get lost in the shuffle of all the concept cars and debuts of exotic-looking vehicles at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, but one item of significance – at least, to American families looking for a stylish and fuel-efficient five-passenger crossover – is the reveal of...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2012 Family Cars With Hill-Hold Assist

Drivers who live in hilly areas or on streets with steep inclines learn fairly quickly that it takes a certain amount of skill to safely park and be able to start up again without rolling backward. No more need to turn the wheels into the curb or put blocks behind the rear wheels, as long as you...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011-2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan: Recall Alert

Volkswagen is recalling certain 2011-2012 model year Jetta sedan models over concerns that tailpipe extensions that could burn people. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 30,294. Affected vehicles were...Read More»

2003 Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester, Subaru Impreza, Saab 9-2X: Recall Alert

Subaru is conducting a major recall of nearly 300,000 vehicles originally sold or currently registered in Northeast or Midwestern states to replace potentially rusty brackets on the underside of the vehicles. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy
2010-2011 Subaru Legacy, Outback: Recall Alert

Subaru is recalling certain 2010-2011 Legacy and Outback models over concerns of overheating in the windshield wiper motor assembly bottom cover. A notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists the number of potential affected units at 195,000. Affected vehicles were...Read More»

2010 Honda Pilot Touring
2009-2011 Honda Pilot: Recall Alert

Honda is recalling certain 2009-2011 Honda Pilot SUVs over concerns about a seat belt flaw. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists the number of potential affected units at 310,773. Affected vehicles were manufactured from March 13, 2008 through August 30...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Five Vehicles You Can Safely Substitute For A Station Wagon

Looking for the perfect family vehicle that’s not a station wagon, not a full-size SUV, minivan or sedan? We’ve got five to consider, including three hatchbacks and two small crossovers. What they’ve all got in common is versatility, plenty of room for passengers and cargo, and a...Read More»

2011 Dodge Journey
Play Hide And Seek – And Maybe Win A New Dodge Journey

Playing a popular children’s game may seem like a strange way to promote the 2012 Dodge Journey, but when you think about it, who doesn’t love hide and seek? The real payoff here, however, is the chance to win one of three 2012 Journeys in Chrysler’s new promotion which begins...Read More»

2012 Audi A6
2012 Audi A6 Earns Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just named the redesigned 2012 Audi A6 large luxury sedan a Top Safety Pick. The A6 earned its status as a result of good performance in all four of the IIHS’s safety evaluations (front, side, rollover and rear crash tests). In the...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat Earns Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just named the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Passat mid-size sedan a Top Safety Pick. The Passat earned its status as a result of good performance in all four of the IIHS’s safety evaluations (front, side, rollover and rear crash tests)...Read More»

2012 Buick Verano
2012 Buick Verano Priced From $23,470

The 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan is the third new Buick in the past three years, as well as the brand’s first compact sedan since the unloved Skylark. Now it has a third trick up its sleeve to entice buyers interested in a Chevy Cruze-sized premium small car: a starting price of...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Family Sedans Under $20,000

Looking for a way to maximize your purchasing power and still come away with a comfortable, stylish family sedan--one that knows how to get out of its own way on the road, one that saves a few bucks on fuel, and costs less than $20,000? We’ve checked out the new 2012 models and found several...Read More»

2006 Honda CR-V
2006 Honda CR-V, 2011 Honda CR-Z: Recall Alert

Honda is conducting two separate voluntary recalls of nearly 86,000 vehicles, set to begin in late September. The recalls involve 80,111 2006 Honda CR-V vehicles and 5,626 2011 Honda CR-Zs. In the larger of the two recalls, the issue is the power window master switch in certain 2006 Honda CR-V...Read More»

2005 BMW 3-Series 325i
2002-2005 BMW 3-Series: Recall Alert

In the second BMW recall this week, the automaker is now recalling certain model year 2002-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi vehicles over potential malfunction of the rear lights. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger Get 31 MPG Highway

The fuel economy race is on in earnest and family car buyers considering products offering increased mileage have two more reasons to look at domestic automaker Chrysler: the 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Why? They’re the two models Chrysler is fitting first with its new ZF eight-speed...Read More»

2009 BMW X5 xDrive 35d
2009 BMW X5 Diesel: Recall Alert

BMW is recalling certain 2009 model year X5 xDrive 35d sport utility vehicles over concerns about a potentially faulty fuel-filter heater. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 2,120. Affected vehicles were...Read More»

2012 Honda Pilot
2012 Honda Pilot Preview

Promising “sleeker” front end design, the 2012 Honda Pilot eight-passenger three-row mid-size family SUV on sale now also offers improved fuel economy and upgraded interior features. While we previously covered the Pilot’s refresh, now the specifics are in. As we anticipated...Read More»

Zipcar will add the 2012 Ford Focus to its college car-sharing locations
Ford Promotes Its Cars To College Students With Zipcar Deal

It’s no secret that Ford is pulling out all the stops in an effort to entice younger buyers into its new products with test-drive promotions, including social media such as Facebook. Now, in a two-year agreement with Zipcar, Ford will be the largest single provider of vehicles to more than...Read More»

The 2012 Nissan Maxima. Image: Nissan
2012 Nissan Maxima Priced From $31,750: Same As Last Year

In the scheme of things, the announcement from Nissan that the 2012 Maxima would not have a price increase could be easily overlooked. It shouldn’t be, since families looking to stretch their dollars may find the fact that the automaker held the line on its flagship sedan rather reassuring...Read More»

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