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The Class Of 2009: A Lost Generation Of Cars
The Class Of 2009: A Lost Generation Of Cars

We’d like to believe the economy is getting better, even if it isn’t doing so at the pace we’d like to see. For automakers, 2008 was a bad year, but 2009 will go down as the year that auto sales fell off the cliff. It still isn't what analysts consider recovered: sales are...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
War Horses: Five More Family SUVs For Your Off-Road Summer

We call them war horses--tough off-road SUVs with enough room for a family to make the great outdoor trek this summer. We've brought you the first five in our group (check them out here) of family haulers that are just as comfortable – and capable – off-road as on. Some, you might not...Read More»

2011 Jeep Wrangler Mojave
War Horses: Five Family SUVs For Your Off-Road Summer

Sometimes you just want to get away from it all, kick city life in your rearview and get out there in the pristine wilderness – or a reasonable facsimile. Just don’t expect to do it in any strictly-for-the road sedan or even a semi-capable crossover. Nope, for serious outdoor...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Insuring Family Cars Too High? Five Factors To Consider

No question the economy has caused some serious disruptions in family financial situations. Many families have made lifestyle changes they’d never have imagined doing just to survive. In a struggle to make ends meet, many are making decisions that could prove either costly or cost-efficient...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
Four For 30: Family Crossovers With 30-MPG Fuel Economy

Fluctuating prices at the pump don’t need to cause consumers angst with these fuel-efficient, five-passenger family crossovers that each get at least 30 mpg highway fuel economy. Chevrolet Equinox The compact 2011 Chevrolet Equinox (LS, FWD), with an EPA rating of 32 mpg highway fuel economy...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Four For 40: Family Sedans With 40-MPG Fuel Economy

As Americans make the switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, some of the best-selling sedans on the planet are getting a good boost--in gas mileage, and in sales. Compact-car favorites like the Ford Focus and Honda Civic are selling better than ever, and they're joined at the top of the sales...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
Sun Sippers: 6 Convertibles With The Best Gas Mileage

At the first hints of summer, after just a few sun-soaked days, it's tempting to put aside all your plans for a sensible new vehicle and instead go for one that tousles your hair a bit. Trouble is, in shopping for a convertible, it's easy to lose sight about what happens come fall, or what you're...Read More»

Parking lot
Skirting The Law: Disabled Parking Abuse On The Rise

In cash-strapped California, scofflaws parking illegally by using disabled parking placards when they’re perfectly able-bodied are in for a rude awakening. Sting operations are cracking down on the abuse in various high-traffic areas of cities, including Beverly Hills, Westwood (UCLA campus)...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Ten Gas-Saving Tips That Could Save You Big At The Pump

With summer travel on our minds, Americans are naturally concerned whether that family car trip is going to be cost-prohibitive in gasoline expense. Buying a fuel-efficient car or hybrid is one way to save on gas, but not everyone can do that. Here are 10 effective things you can do to reduce fuel...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»

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»

Traffic Jam
Top 10 Car-Honking Sins

Every driver on the road – and most of our passengers – has a story to tell about the loathsome use of car horns. Truth to tell, many of us are guilty of one or more horn-honking transgressions of our own. FamilyCarGuide thought it would be fun to take a somewhat irreverent look at some...Read More»

2008 Maybach 62S
The Most Embarrassing Cars Of All Time: The European Edition

Big mistakes, we make them all. Lame ideas, we have all had them and acted on them. Like the woman at my gym who looks like she spent the better part of her youth on a sun-tanning bed, while smoking two packs a day. Think spent and leathery and you’ll be close. Humans also make some really...Read More»

Gas pump
Most Americans Support 60 MPG Standard By 2025: Report

Findings from a national survey of 2,000 representative Americans by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), reveal that a “very large majority” (85 percent) are concerned about gas prices, 87 percent believe it’s important to reduce oil consumption and 85 percent say it’s...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Family Car Advice: Watch Out For Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive driving--call it road rage, if you want--isn't just a danger for the driver losing their temper. It's a problem for everyone they approach and pass, which is why it pays to watch out for aggressive drivers and to know what to do when you encounter one. What is aggressive driving? Being...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»

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»

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