SUVs/Wagons

Third Row Seats: The 6 Smallest, Easiest-Parking Vehicles With Them
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»

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Recall Alert: Nissan Pathfinder, Infiniti QX4

Nissan is issuing a recall for nearly 200,000 sport-utility vehicles sold in the U.S. under both its Nissan and Infiniti brands. The vehicles affected include 195,991 copies of the 1996-2004 Nissan Pathfinder and the 1997-2003 Infiniti QX4. Only vehicles sold or currently registered in...Read More»

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Toyota Recalling Some RAV4, Highlander Models For Airbag Issue

Toyota has announced that it will recall some 2007 and 2008 RAV4 models, along with some 2008 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models, to replace a potentially defective airbag sensor assembly. The issue concerns the vehicles' roll-sensing side-curtain airbag system; the failure of one of...Read More»

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Preview: 2011 New York Auto Show

One of the not-so-secret weapons lurking in the Jeep arsenal gets launched at the 2011 New York Auto Show--the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, the version with Chrysler's headiest HEMI V-8 tucked under the hood. More Jeep Cherokee Coverage: MotorAuthority from NY | Cherokee Diesel? | Cherokee Spy...Read More»

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2011 Kia Sportage SX: First Drive

When we first drove the 2011 Kia Sportage EX we said that it's one of the most svelte crossovers on the market. After being on sale for over a year there is no question that the statement is as true today as it was then. Though you can only get so far on your good looks. Upon taking a closer look...Read More»

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2011 Kia Sportage EX: Driven

At first glance, there's a lot to like about the 2011 Kia Sportage. With its 'hot hatch on steroids' look, it's one of the most svelte crossovers from the outside. An impressive feature set and sporty, richly detailed cabin round out what feels like a very desirable package. Start the Sportage EX's...Read More»

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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»

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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»

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2011 Lincoln MKX: Driven

Crossover vehicles are so often touted as catch-all solutions for busy families that you can lapse into blind assumptions when shopping. As we learned recently, when we took on a new 2011 Lincoln MKX for a weeklong test, not every crossover fits every family task, and they can be packaged quite...Read More»

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2011 Ford Explorer: First Drive

Reinvention has become something of a specialty among the domestic automakers. GM's kicked its reputation as being electric-car killers with the 2011 Volt, and Chrysler's axed battalions of quality demons from its lineup with the likes of the new Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's Ford...Read More»

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Recall Roundup: Kia Optima, Honda CR-V Investigated

Two popular family vehicles are being investigated for potential defects that could lead to safety recalls. The Detroit News reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is studying whether transmissions in the 2007 Kia Optima, and the electrical systems in the 2006 Honda...Read More»

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited: Driven

The Grand Cherokee's popularity with families was always a little puzzling. Decidedly old-tech in some respects, and clumsy-feeling on a curvy road, the old Grand was in many trims very compromised on the road in favor of the rare off-roading it might someday see. In recent years, Chrysler seemed...Read More»

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TCC's Best Car to Buy 2011 Nominees: SUVs and Crossovers

When SUVs truly ruled the American new-car roost, only a handful of names could be picked out of the best-seller list: Grand Cherokee, Explorer, and the outliers. A decade or so later, it's crossovers that dominate the sales charts, and this year's list of nominees for TheCarConnection's Best Car...Read More»

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Nissan Recall Affects Nearly 750,000 Cars

A massive recall at Nissan and Infiniti--the automaker's third-largest recall ever--affects nearly 750,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. Nissan says the 2004-2006 Nissan Armada pickup and Titan sport-utility vehicle, as well as the same-year models of the Infiniti QX56, are being recalled for an issue...Read More»

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2011 Buick Enclave: Driven

When the Enclave crossover was introduced for 2008, it not only replaced the half-hearted Rainier and Rendezvous but gave the brand a smooth, class-leading vehicle; it could be seen as the first of a new generation of Buicks. Oh, how times have changed. Normally, three years isn't a big deal; but...Read More»

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2011 Nissan Murano: Fresh Face, New Trims, Higher Prices

Nissan has announced specs, details, and pricing for its 2011 Murano, and there are indeed a few noteworthy changes versus the 2010 model. The 2011 Murano gets just a few front and rear enhancements: a new grille, reshaped front lower fascia, and new 18-inch wheels on S, SV, and SL models. Of those...Read More»

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2011 Honda CR-V: Special Edition Added, Family Goodness Intact

Honda's CR-V crossover enters what's likely its final model year before a redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V, with no significant changes—only a new Special Edition (SE) model added to the lineup. Although The Car Connection has not yet driven the 2011 CR-V, our editors have put various CR-V models...Read More»

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North American Car and Truck of the Year: The Short List

The North American Car and Truck of the Year nominees were named earlier this year--and now, the short list of contenders have been culled from the long list. The NACOTY organizing committee reports that General Motors and Nissan dominate the car list with three models each. Four European models...Read More»

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2011 Toyota Highlander and Hybrid: First Look

After a global debut at the Moscow auto show, the 2011 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid are making their way back home to the U.S. with new faces, new tails and other updates. For the Highlander Hybrid, there's a meaningful increase in power. The gas-electric crossover's petroleum-drinking...Read More»

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