Vans

Ford Econoline Vans To Be Replaced By Transit With EcoBoost V-6
Ford Econoline Vans To Be Replaced By Transit With EcoBoost V-6

Ford's Econoline Van might be an American icon, but its days are numbered. The automaker today announced plans that it will replace the venerable E-Series—the official name for what's better known by the U.S. public as the Econoline—with a version of its new full-size, rear-wheel-drive...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey: The Safest Vehicle On The Market?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the 2011 Honda Odyssey a Top Safety Pick, confirming its position as a safety leader among family vehicles. Although the Odyssey had already earned top 'good' ratings from the IIHS, the Institute only recently tested the model in its new roof...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
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»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
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»

2011 Nissan Quest
2011 Nissan Quest: First Drive

If you've been shopping for a new family minivan this year, you're probably confused--and you're forgiven. With changes to every minivan offered in the U.S. this year, shoppers are faced with completely new versions of the 2011 Toyota Sienna and 2011 Honda Odyssey, the highest-rated minivans at...Read More»

2011 Nissan Quest
2011 Nissan Quest: Do You Really Need Fold-Away Seats?

It's a year of change in the auto industry--as usual--but in the minivan market, it's as radical as it gets. Every minivan offered to American family car shoppers is new or revamped this year: the 2011 Toyota Sienna and 2011 Honda Odyssey are striking in their reinventions, the Chrysler minivans...Read More»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
2011 Chrysler Town & Country: First Drive

The usual flurry of new vehicles that comes each year is a confirmed blizzard at Chrysler. Everything's changing, mostly for the better. And though the most dramatic upheavals are taking place inside and outside the 2011 Dodge Charger and Durango, and the 2011 Chrysler 300 and 200 (nee Sebring)...Read More»

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan: First Drive

Along with most of the Chrysler lineup for 2011, this year's Grand Caravan pitches headlong into the rejuvenation fad. Not that it didn't need a tightening here, a mini-lift there, a spa weekend most everywhere (and mostly for its plasticky, creaky cabin), but the Grand Caravan's always been a...Read More»

2011 Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon
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»

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