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2011 Ford Transit Connect: Dressed-Up For Family Duty
2011 Ford Transit Connect: Dressed-Up For Family Duty

So far, Ford has focused on commercial customers—electricians, plumbers, flower shops, and the like—for its Transit Connect. But there's a lot of potential in the Transit Connect's package for family use as well. For that, at the Los Angeles Auto Show this past week, Ford revealed a new...Read More»

2011 Coda Sedan, final production version
Today in Car News: Electric Car Adopters, China and Survolt

Americans are ready to buy electric cars--but that pesky pricetag gets in the way. [NielsenWire] Should you pay attention to these automotive brands? There are only ten of them--but aren't there only 38 brands total anyway? [CNNMoney] Longtime Jaguar managing director Mike O'Driscoll will retire...Read More»

2012 Ford C-Max
2012 Ford C-Max: First Drive

In the world of the 64-ounce Big Gulp, the sizzling buffet and the Expedition EL, can a size-medium MPV make a big noise? Drive the 2012 Ford C-Max, and you'll hope so. Minivans are a gang of four: the Chrysler twins, the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey dominate the niche, and for families...Read More»

2012 Ford C-Max
2012 Ford C-Max: Live Photos and Video, Plus a Magic Seat

The 2012 Ford C-Max may still be more than a year from showrooms in America, but the new seven-seat MPV took to the hills of Provence last weekend at the hands of High Gear Media. We're back from driving the C-Max and its European cousin, the C-Max--it's a long story, but the European MPV we get...Read More»

2012 Ford C-Max
Ford Bets on Minivans Getting Small with 2012 C-Max

Can a small minivan make it big in America? That's the question facing Ford as it preps a new seven-seat family car for sale next year. The 2012 Ford C-Max has the flexibility of a larger minivan, but unlike the remaining Big Four minivans--Sienna, Odyssey, Grand Caravan and Town & Country--the...Read More»

2012 Ford C-Max
2012 Ford C-Max: Preview and Photo Gallery

The 2012 Ford C-Max doesn't show up in Ford dealers until late next year, but this week High Gear Media is going for a test drive in the new seven-passenger MPV in France, as a family-friendly follow-up to the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Ford actually builds two vehicles dubbed C-Max in Europe, but only...Read More»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
2011 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan: First Look

We've bemoaned the details that keep Chrysler's minivan from being in the top tier of family haulers--a plasticky interior being first among them. Today, Chrysler's hitting Facebook with the first photos of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, which gets a new interior--from the looks of...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
First Drive: 2011 Honda Odyssey

Minivans are great for family duty, but their appliance-like ubiquity has come to be detested by certain types of parents. Of course, most of these people who reject simply reject minivans, and probably mutter something about how they wouldn't be caught dead in one, probably don't know that most...Read More»

Honda Element Dog-Friendly package
Tested: 2010 Honda Element, Dog-Friendly Package

We've always thought of the Honda Element as one of the best vehicles for dog owners. Thanks to its tall cabin, easy-clean cargo floor, and versatile seating arrangement, it's long been a favorite among active folks with dogs. For 2010, Honda finally took advantage of the Element's usefulness—or...Read More»

2010 Kia Rondo
Kia Rondo Discontinued: Rest In Peaceful Cabinosity

One of the most space-efficient vehicles on the market, the Kia Rondo, won't be back for 2011. So confirms Kia on its official U.S. website, where it uses the saying that "all good things must come to an end." Truthfully, you probably remember the weird, new-agey 'Rondoism' ad campaign—with...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Routan S
TLC Sends The Volkswagen Routan On A Brady Family Vacation

Remember those Brady Bunch vacation episodes -- the ones always done as two-parters, where the entire family sets out for some remote destination and ends up crushed by a demonic surfboard? Well, Volkswagen and TLC have taken all that grooviness, packed it in a Routan minivan, and sent it hurtling...Read More»

2011 Nissan Quest minivan teaser
2011 Nissan Quest: New Images, L.A. Show Debut Confirmed

The 2011 Nissan Quest isn't quite here -- we're looking toward a first drive early next year -- but today Nissan released these illustrations of the new minivan. This spring, we confirmed that the new minivan won't be radically different under the skin, as it is on the outside. Though Nissan's...Read More»

Screencap from 'Frenemies', a miniseries sponsored by the Toyota Sienna
You Have A Frenemy Request From The Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna minivan has proven popular with consumers, and Toyota has deployed a number of ad campaigns to sell it. The latest -- "Mommy Like, Daddy Like" -- has been a mixed bag: some of the creative has been well-executed and engaging, while other elements seemed...well, a little lazy. Now...Read More»

MV-1 Wheelchair-Accessible Mobility Vehicle
Video: MV-1, The 'First Mobility Vehicle', Launches Nationwide Tour

As July 4 approaches, it's probably a good idea for Americans to take a step back and consider what their country is really about. Freedom? Sure, but it's also about mobility: social, economic, and physical. For people with disabilities, that last one can be difficult to achieve, but the Miami...Read More»

Dodge Caravan R/T concept
Chrysler Brings A 'Man Van' To Take On The Swagger Wagons

Minivans are many things: functional, convenient, and sometimes easy on the eyes. But they don't always inspire pride in their owners, and they don't exactly scream "Master of my Domain" -- particularly when men are behind the wheel. In fact, countless commercials have light of the fact that for...Read More»

2010 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Recalls Minivans for Fire Risk

Chrysler's popular minivans are the subject of a new recall that follows two other recent recalls by the domestic automaker. The 2008-2009 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are being recalled for a problem with wiring. In some vehicles from those model years--the vehicles in...Read More»

2010 Honda Odyssey
2010 Honda Odyssey: Lowest Cost To Insure Among Minivans

The 2010 Honda Odyssey has the highest entry price of the mainstream minivans, yet it costs the least to insure. This tidbit comes as just another reminder that the cost of a model—even the cost of fixing that model—doesn't matter nearly as much as the profile of the typical driver for that...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Frugal Shopper: For Cost-Conscious Commuters, Sedans Make Sense

We've recently reported that there are a lot of deals to be had on new vehicles this season—especially on SUVs and trucks. But the flip side is that the costs of vehicle ownership are up significantly this year, and those very same aspects that are making some SUVs looking like such a steal at...Read More»

2010 Nissan Cube 5dr Wagon I4 CVT 1.8 S Angular Front Exterior View
The 2010 Nissan Cube is the Perfect Car for Really Tall Families

The 2010 Nissan Cube is that rare sort of car that has styling so unique it practically forces you to do a double take the first time you see one. Its tall, square greenhouse mixes with asymmetrical detailing to create a vehicle that wouldn’t look out of place in Toontown from the movie “Who...Read More»

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