Minivans

Next Generation Chrysler Minivans To Get AWD
Next Generation Chrysler Minivans To Get AWD

The last time you could walk into a Chrysler dealership and drive out in a minivan equipped with all-wheel drive was 2003. In 2004, AWD was discontinued on Chrysler minivans to make room for Stow ‘n Go folding seats, which increased the minivans’ functionality as a cargo hauler...Read More»

2002 Honda Odyssey
Recall Watch: Honda Widens Airbag Campaign

Honda is expanding an already large recall of some of its 2001-2003 vehicles for problems with airbags. Almost 826,000 Honda and Acura-brand vehicles have been recalled prior to the new action, Honda says. The expansion of the recall adds another 833,000 vehicles to the tally--while Honda is only...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
Third Row Seats: The 6 Smallest, Easiest-Parking Vehicles With Them

If you require seating for six or seven, you'll probably need a third row. But at the moment that you realize you need more than five seating positions, your entire range of vehicle possibilities becomes much more limited. Getting a third row often involves settling for a much larger vehicle that's...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
2011 Honda Odyssey Recalled For Windshield-Wiper Issue

Honda has announced that it will be recalling 33,341 Honda Odyssey minivans, all from the 2011 model year, to fix a potential issue with the windshield wipers. In cold-weather use, if the wiper system is turned on while the wipers themselves are still frozen to the windshield, the system’s...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey: The Safest Vehicle On The Market?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the 2011 Honda Odyssey a Top Safety Pick, confirming its position as a safety leader among family vehicles. Although the Odyssey had already earned top 'good' ratings from the IIHS, the Institute only recently tested the model in its new roof...Read More»

Volkswagen Bulli Concept
Is Volkswagen’s Bulli Concept Unveiled At 2011 Geneva Motor Show The New VW Microbus?

The VW bus, as some of the older crowd may recall with nostalgia may be reborn soon -- if the stars are in alignment and Volkswagen honchos follow through with a production model of the VW Bulli concept unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Actually, the VW Microbus was born in 1950 and was...Read More»

2002 Chrysler Minivan
Woman Gets 40-Mile, 100-MPH Ride On Minivan's Hood Thanks To Abusive Husband

You've just had a heated fight with your husband, who storms out of the house and into the family minivan. He's about to speed off. So you jump on the hood to stop him. Except he doesn't stop. That's the story one California woman has to tell today. A Manteca, CA woman who asked not to be...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
2012 Mazda5: A Smart Pick, But Lean Feature Set Might Limit Appeal

For most of the time that it's been on sale in the U.S. market—nearly five years—the Mazda5 has been an odd one out in the market—and a niche vehicle, despite its conventional minivan silhouette. As Mazda points out, compared to the Dodge Caravan, which kicked off the U.S. minivan...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
2012 Mazda Mazda5: First Drive

There's a certain charming simplicity about the 2012 Mazda5. Yes, it's a minivan. Yes, it's a little lower, sportier, and more fun to drive. And yes, it's configured for the needs of small families—simple, lean, and value-priced. You can easily open or close the non-power sliding doors with...Read More»

1997 Mazda MPV LX
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Lets Mazda Seatbelt Lawsuit Proceed, But What Does It Mean?

The United States Supreme Court today ruled that the family of a woman killed in an accident in 2002 would be allowed to proceed with its suit against Mazda despite Mazda's compliance with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulations on rear-seat safety belts. The federal ruling...Read More»

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T: The New Chrysler Man Van?

Just a few days away from the opening of the 2011 Chicago Auto Show (February 11-20) and smack in the middle of a brutal winter in many parts of the nation, Family Car Guide is struck by the look of the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T that debuts this week at the annual Windy City auto show...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey: One Of Few With Five-Star Overall Safety

The 2011 Honda Odyssey has a new, impressive bragging right for safety-minded family shoppers: It's the only minivan tested by the federal government's tougher ratings system. The new Odyssey has swept the NCAP Ratings with top five-star scores in frontal and side crash tests—including front...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen Routan Back for 2011

Defying some predictions from the rumor mill, the Volkswagen Routan minivan is coming back for the 2011 model year. Since it shares running gear with the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, the 2011 Routan gets similar updates, starting with the upgraded powertrain. This year, the...Read More»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Town & Country Tops List Of Models With Lowest Insurance Cost

Are insurance premiums breaking the family budget? It might be time to ditch that sport sedan and consider a minivan. Compared to some roadsters and sport sedans, the Chrysler Town & Country (as many other vans and crossovers) costs less than a third as much annually as several of the...Read More»

2008 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler, Dodge Minivans Recalled For Inadvertent Airbag Deployment

Chrysler last week initiated a safety-related recall of 367,350 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, all from the 2008 model year, for an issue with improper water drainage off the heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in these vehicles. The issue, which is caused by...Read More»

2011 Nissan Quest
2011 Nissan Quest: First Drive

If you've been shopping for a new family minivan this year, you're probably confused--and you're forgiven. With changes to every minivan offered in the U.S. this year, shoppers are faced with completely new versions of the 2011 Toyota Sienna and 2011 Honda Odyssey, the highest-rated minivans at...Read More»

2011 Nissan Quest
2011 Nissan Quest: Do You Really Need Fold-Away Seats?

It's a year of change in the auto industry--as usual--but in the minivan market, it's as radical as it gets. Every minivan offered to American family car shoppers is new or revamped this year: the 2011 Toyota Sienna and 2011 Honda Odyssey are striking in their reinventions, the Chrysler minivans...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda5
Fuel-Pump, Corrosion Issue Prompts 2009-2010 Mazda5 Recall

Mazda5 models from the 2009 and 2010 model years are being recalled due to a possible fuel-system problem that could lead to stalling and trouble restarting the engine. According to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), water might not have been cleared from a...Read More»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
2011 Chrysler Town & Country: First Drive

The usual flurry of new vehicles that comes each year is a confirmed blizzard at Chrysler. Everything's changing, mostly for the better. And though the most dramatic upheavals are taking place inside and outside the 2011 Dodge Charger and Durango, and the 2011 Chrysler 300 and 200 (nee Sebring)...Read More»

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