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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8: Recall Alert
2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8: Recall Alert

Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Chrysler 300 SRT8 and Dodge Charger SRT8 sedans over concerns about a potential defect involving the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists...Read More»

U.S. lawmakers to get tougher on teen drivers
New Study Looks At How High-Functioning Autistic Teens Approach Driving

A new study finds that two-thirds of American teens of driving age, 15- to 18-years old, with a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD) currently drive or are planning to drive. The research also revealed that these teens have common characteristics. The study, the first of its kind...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius C launch, Detroit Auto Show
2012 Toyota Prius C: 50-MPG Small Hybrid, $19K

Toyota used the occasion of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show to introduce the fourth member of the Prius family: the 2012 Prius C hybrid hatchback. Key attributes of the new small Prius hybrid that may make it a compelling commuter car, or second or third family car, are its 50-mpg combined fuel economy...Read More»

2013 Acura ILX Concept, Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2012
2013 Acura ILX Concept, 2013 RDX Crossover Concept: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Honda’s luxury brand, Acura, generated quite a bit of interest with several concept vehicles unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Two of them fit nicely in the luxury family vehicle consideration list as one is a sedan and the other is a crossover. 2013 Acura ILX Concept With the reveal of...Read More»

Project Ignition
Project Ignition Teen Safety Leaders Share Their Perspective With DOT

For the student representatives from 10 Project Ignition National Leader Schools, January 9, 2012 was a day they’ll not soon forget. That’s the day they spent at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. sharing how they and their classmates are positively impacting teen...Read More»

2013 Buick Encore
2013 Buick Encore: All-New Compact Luxury Crossover

What began as a progressive reveal using Buick’s Facebook fan page is now complete with the debut of the 2013 Buick Encore compact luxury crossover at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Entering into a hotly-competitive field, Buick’s all-new five-passenger Encore is after family buyers who...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Cadillac ATS: All-New Compact Luxury Sedan

When Cadillac took the wraps off its all-new compact luxury sedan, the 2013 Cadillac ATS, Sunday night at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the occasion signaled game-on for the domestic automaker’s anticipated challenge to the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C Class. Although this may seem like...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
Family Car Guide’s Must-See Family Vehicles: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Visitors to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (Jan. 14-21 at Cobo Hall) have many exciting new products and displays to grab their attention, but we’ve singled out a few of our top choices for a list of must-see family vehicles at this year’s show. 2013 Ford Fusion The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion...Read More»

winter driving  -  by flickr user Hey Paul
How To Survive A Snow Storm In Your Car

It’s every driver’s nightmare, and if you’re planning to travel alone or with the family at any time during the winter months, the potential of getting trapped and buried under deep snow should lead you to take precautions. But there’s more that’s involved in surviving...Read More»

2013 Mazda CX-5 crossover
2013 Mazda CX-5 Compact SUV Gets EPA-Rated 35 MPG Hwy

Mazda just received some welcome news, in the form of an EPA-rated 35 mpg highway fuel economy numbers for its redesigned 2013 CX-5 compact crossover SUV. As our sister publication GreenCarReports points out (via Autoblog), this is higher than Mazda itself predicted back in November. And it’s...Read More»

2002 Ford Escape XLS Value
Ford Recalls 2001-2002 Escape Crossover

Ford is conducting a voluntary safety recall involving certain 2001-2002 model year Ford Escape compact SUVs equipped with anti-lock brake systems (ABS) over concerns that the brake master cylinder reservoir cap could leak brake fluid. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion: Redesigned Mid-Size Family Sedan

As new model introductions go, the reveal at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show of the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan shows just how competitive the family car segment has become. With the new Fusion, Ford is the first automaker to offer a sedan with gasoline, hybrid and plug-in powertrains...Read More»

2004 Ford Freestar - front
2004-2005 Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey: Recall Alert

Ford is recalling certain 2004-2005 model year Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans over concerns that the torque converter output shaft may fail. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 205,896...Read More»

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2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3: Quick Drive

The 2012 Mazdaspeed3 hatchback continues to uphold Mazda's reputation as the builder of cars that drivers want and need to own. A plain-wrapper five-door front-wheel-drive hatch, the Speed3 only gives away the promise of incredible fun behind the wheel when one sees the extended rear spoiler and...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart launch at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2012
2013 Dodge Dart: All-New Compact Sedan

Little more than a month after announcing the name and some teaser shots of its all-new compact sedan, Chrysler’s 2013 Dodge Dart shows off the real deal at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. As we reported previously, this may be Chrysler’s most important car in decades. The fact that the...Read More»

Chrysler's DriveUconnect website for Uconnect owners
Chrysler Launches New Uconnect User Guide Website

Smartphone connectivity, navigation systems, Pandora and Stitcher and a multitude of other high-tech devices and applications may be all the rage, but they do require a certain amount of education and, well, common sense when used in a vehicle. As families search for ways to become smarter about...Read More»

Family Car Guide On Google Currents
Family Car Guide Is Now On Google Currents

We here at Family Car Guide know you are always seeking new ways to get the latest insights for making a smart pick on your next family vehicle. Today we are happy to announce a new way to take Family Car Guide on the go with you: Google Currents. That's right, Family Car Guide is now available on...Read More»

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Recall Alert

Mitsubishi is recalling certain 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport compact crossover SUVs over concerns about a defective turn signal. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the potential number of affected units at 21. Affected vehicles were manufactured...Read More»

2012 Buick Verano
IIHS Announces More Top Safety Picks

While the news may have gotten lost in the holiday lull, there are a total of 18 newly-announced winners of Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Our previous story covered the high number of family vehicles in the full list of 115 vehicles earning Top...Read More»