Family Cars

2019 Subaru Ascent first drive: my other family crossover is a canoe
2019 Subaru Ascent first drive: my other family crossover is a canoe

Contrary to common understanding, Subaru did not create the tall-wagon-crossover-hatchback vehicle. Subaru just created six different reasons to buy the same one. Want a wagon? How about an Outback. Want a mid-size crossover? How about an Outback. Want an off-roader? You get the idea. DON'T MISS...Read More»

Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation
What kind of car is best for families? Our poll results

Some of you remember the 1970s. Back then, America had one family car: the station wagon. For decades, it had served as the only respectable means for parents and kids to travel together. Then, in the 1980s, someone got the bright idea to overhaul the customized vans once favored by the Symbionese...Read More»

2014 Kia Sorento
2014 Kia Sorento Video Road Test

The Kia Sorento was new just a couple of years ago--but for 2014 it's being re-engineered pretty extensively under the skin. Will the changes just bring it up to date--or is it ready now to tackle the best-selling seven-passenger crossovers? Kia says the Sorento is 80-percent new, but it doesn't...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
Why Wouldn't You Buy A Wagon? #YouTellUs

While wagons are popular in many parts of the world, consumers in the U.S. seem to dislike wagons. Instead, crossovers seem to be the more popular choice, but why? Today's question is: why wouldn't you buy a wagon? Crossovers are often hailed for their "car-like" driving qualities--but what's more...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, 2012 Hyundai Azera Earn Top Safety Ratings

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, and the 2012 Hyundai Azera—both recently redesigned family-size sedans—have earned top crash-test ratings across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Also taking into consideration their standard safety equipment, they've been...Read More»

2012 Kia Sedona
Kia Sedona Minivan Won't Return For 2013; 2014 Replacement Likely

If you like what you've been seeing from Kia as of late—we sure do, given the brand's sportier, more youthful look and feel, thanks in part from the design direction of Peter Schreyer and his crew—you might think that there must be a fresher version of the Sedona minivan just around the...Read More»

2012 Mazda CX-5
Ford Recall, 2012 Mazda CX-5, 2012 Audi A6: Car News Headlines

Ford is recalling over one million trucks due to a major fuel tank flaw. [TheCarConnection] Want to see the live reveal of the 2013 Lexus GS? Like Lexus on Facebook. [SocialCarNews] Top Gear says it can put whatever it wants into its films. [AllCarsElectric] Mazda has revealed the 2012 CX-5, which...Read More»

2011 Ford Flex
What's Your Favorite Non-Minivan Family Car? #YouTellUs

In the 1980s and 1990s, the minivan ruled the school carpool and the pickup lane at daycare centers across this great land. They were new, they were clever, they were American. And then SUVs came along, and they were much cooler, and newer, and even more American. That's when minivan sales started...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ
Report: Chevy's 2012 Impala Packs 302 Horsepower

It’s no secret that the 2012 Chevrolet Impala will be getting GM’s updated 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. What we didn’t know until General Motors Insider broke the story was how much horsepower that 3.6-liter engine would yield. According to the 2012...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport
Today's Car News from High Gear Media: May 9, 2011

Oh hai Monday. I see you've jacked up gas prices to $4 a gallon. The only way you'd be less likable is if you were twins. [TheCarConnection] There may be some brief relief from the rise in gas prices, in the near term. [TheCarConnection] But if you're looking for permanent relief to record-high gas...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 Chevrolet Impala 4-door Sedan LT Retail Angular Rear Exterior View
2012 Chevrolet Impala Goes 21st Century: New Power, Folding Back Seat

For 2012, the Chevrolet Impala will finally throw the pushrod V-6s and ancient four-speed automatics to the wayside. Chevy's large sedan—and the Malibu's more anonymous big brother—gets an upgrade to GM's 3.6-liter DOHC engine and a six-speed automatic, plus a number of appearance and...Read More»

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Preview

As Dodge continues to work its way through its updated 2011 lineup, we're beginning to see a trend in the new styling of the now truck-free brand, and it relies heavily on the split-crosshair grille. The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, unveiled this morning, is no different--though it is different from...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»

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»