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Lincoln, Lexus, Jaguar – First, Second, Third in J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study
Lincoln, Lexus, Jaguar – First, Second, Third in J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study

There’s good news, more good news, and a shade of concerning news for family car buyers in the results from the latest annual vehicle dependability survey from J.D. Power and Associates. Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln brand topped Toyota Motor Company’s Lexus division for the best...Read More»

2011 Toyota Camry LE
Pay-As-You-Drive Car Insurance: Big Savings, No Privacy?

Why should good drivers have to pay to subsidize the bad driving behavior of the other guys? Surveys show that most Americans – 95 percent – believe they are good drivers. So that really bad driving behavior is from the five percent out there. Why not shave off up to 30 percent in car...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Ten Gas-Saving Tips For Road Warriors (And Family Trips)

If concerns about rising fuel prices are getting you down, you’re not alone. Driving in America is all about personal freedom, and we’re not likely to give that up anytime soon. But higher prices at the pump are causing many to re-think how, when, and where they drive. On the other...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Traverse
GM, Honda, MINI: Five New Additions To IIHS 2011 Top Safety Picks

Anytime family cars receive top safety accolades is good news for consumers looking for safe family transportation choices. As part of continuing testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has added five vehicles to its list of 2011 Top Safety Picks. The additions include a trio of...Read More»

2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe
Plan On Drinking? Maybe A Service Like BeMyDD Is In Your Future

While the concept of a designated driver isn’t a new one, making a business out of keeping drinking drivers off the road by providing them a chauffeured service is a bit novel. A news report out of San Antonio caught our eye, so we thought we’d expand a bit on the idea here. And, no, we...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Japanese Earthquake Halts Production Of Some Small Cars, Popular Hybrids For U.S. Market

While the world watches unfolding events surrounding rescue and recovery operations in Japan following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami March 11, we here at Family Car Guide encourage everyone to donate to the Japanese disaster relief efforts by the American Red Cross via the...Read More»

2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h: New Hybrid Consideration For Small Family Car

As hybrids go, the all-new five-passenger 2011 Lexus CT 200h has a lot to like – especially the 42 mpg (combined) fuel economy and better-than-expected handling. It’s certainly no sports car, but it does acquit itself quite well in Sport mode (more about that later). With the entry of...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Toyota, Lexus Big Winners In Intellichoice 2011 Best Overall Value Of The Year Awards

Intellichoice, part of the Motor Trend Market Group, recently announced its 2011 Best Overall Value of the Year Awards. Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus dominate the list with 11 wins (seven for Toyota and four for Lexus) in 21 categories. Why is it important to look at overall value when shopping...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
Why Now May be a Good Time To Lease The Family Car

To lease or not to lease, that’s a good question. For many months, the answer has likely been a resounding 'No' for many American families. That’s because good lease deals were few and far between, and with the economic uncertainty, many people simply put off the prospect of looking at...Read More»

2011 BMW X5 M Sport Package
Four 2011 500-HP Luxury SUVs: Performance Comes With A Price

For the well-heeled families – or those who aspire to be – FamilyCarGuide presents a fierce foursome of 500-horsepower luxury SUVs capable of doing just about whatever you want. The only downsides are possibly two: stratospheric purchase price and low fuel economy. But if performance in...Read More»

2011 Lexus ES 350
Lexus, MINI Snag Top Spots In J.D. Power And Associates 2011 U.S. Customer Service Index Study

Luxury brand Lexus and mass-market brand MINI are the top winners in the J.D. Power and Associates' (JDPA) 2011 U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI) Study. The study looks at owner satisfaction for visits to dealers’ service departments for maintenance and repair work during the first three...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata First Drive
Mid-Size Car Match-Up: 2011 Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion

Consumers in the market for a great-looking mid-size sedan that’s highly fuel-efficient have a lot of good choices. Here at FamilyCarGuide, we’ve selected two redesigned 2011 sedans and one all-new last year for our mid-size car match-up: 2011 Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and Ford Fusion...Read More»

Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers
Saudi Prince Says Women Should Be Allowed To Drive

It sounds ridiculously anachronistic here in America, but in many Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, women aren't allowed to drive. Today, a Saudi prince, Alwaleed bin Talal, spoke out on the matter, saying the ban should be lifted. Bin Talal's reasoning isn't rooted in human rights or...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius V
Toyota Prius Hybrid Wagon Coming Soon to U.S. Market

While it may be remarkably similar to the Prius V concept vehicle shown at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January, the production version of the new Toyota Prius hybrid wagon – as yet unnamed – will be heading to the U.S. sometime after the model launches in...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Top 10 Things Never to Say to Your Dad When He is Driving

Driving requires a lot of concentration, especially with all the other distracted drivers on the road, increased traffic, and the tendency for some of us to wait until the last minute to get going where we need to be. Considering that some teens still ride with one or both parents for a lot of the...Read More»

2011 Nissan ESFLOW Concept
Twelve Hot Concept Cars: 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Enticing to look at, even better to ponder driving, these twelve concept cars from the 2011 Geneva Motor Show are more than enough to stave off the winter doldrums. A fun guess is when or if any of them will ever make it to production, or whether they’re tantalizing hints at what’s...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Five 2011 Affordable Mid-Size Family Sedans for Six-Footers

Tall drivers with families need a car that’s both roomy and comfortable. For many Americans, that also means looking for an affordable sedan, probably a mid-size. Keeping in mind the tall driver’s requirements for adequate headroom and legroom, here are five 2011 affordable mid-size...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Best 2011 Affordable Small Cars for Six Footers

Six-foot drivers looking for an affordable small car that is also comfortable enough to accommodate their needs for head room and leg room have several good choices in these 2011 – and one 2012 -- models. And, should your passengers also be on the tallish side, some of these picks are equally...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
Family Cars Rule: Kiplinger’s 2011 Best New Car Values - New Models

If you’re looking for a great value on a new family vehicle – and want a new model – Kiplinger has 11 suggestions that might make a good choice. The publication’s 2011 Best New Car Values: New Models includes eight foreign and three domestic picks in 11 different categories...Read More»

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