Minivans offer the best combination of cargo and people space with usually good fuel economy and abundant convenience features to appease all members of the family. Some shoppers are minivan averse, not wanting to embrace the “soccer mom” and “carpooler” image, and therefore buy SUVs or other vehicles. They are simply missing out. If transporting family and friends is your top priority but you also need interior versatility to carry cargo, there is no better all-purpose vehicle than a minivan.
Ten years ago when an SUV or pickup was involved in a crash with a car or minivan of the same weight, the result was often deadly to occupants of the car or minivan. Now with changes to vehicle structures, SUVs aren’t nearly as dangerous as they were before, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Federal investigators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have opened a preliminary investigation into possibly faulty car jacks that came with Ford-made minivans. The agency's Office of Defects Investigation and Ford Motor Co. has received six reports of the mechanical jacks collapsing during use.
As a result of Chrysler Corp. divorce from Mercedes-Benz, Ddoge lost the Sprinter commercial van leaving a hole in automaker's portfolio. Enter new partner Fiat with a solution, the Fiat Doblo.
Consumer Reports is on record as loving the right-sized Mazda5. It’s affordable, efficient, comfortable, easy to use, reliable, surprisingly roomy, and unexpectedly fun to drive. Needless to say, it scores very highly in our tests. So it’s no surprise that when friends come asking us what to buy, we often recommend the mini minivan. Looking at the Mazda5’s sales numbers, however, it’s clear that few buyers are heeding our advice. Sometimes it seems like Americans buy cars by the square foot.
With the redesigned Quest, Nissan has created the most luxurious minivan on the market. Our testing is now complete, with a review, ratings, full track report, and video available online. We found that the Quest pampers with a plush and quiet interior, a smooth compliant ride, and a powerful drivetrain.
Minivans make a lot of sense. This is not news, I know, but it is worth a reminder as cultural trends have removed the “man” from minivan, along with the “cool,” a long time ago.
Headed out on a road trip this summer? If you are looking to ditch your old car before that big trip, check out our list of the top 10 vehicles for family travel. The list includes models that have done well in safety tests, in our reliability ratings and covers a variety of cars, from small SUVs to luxury sedans, at a range of prices. We've focused on cars that are comfortable, quiet, ride well, and have plenty of space for both people and luggage, yet attain reasonable fuel economy.
There was a time, back in the '90s, when Chrysler's minivans were competitive, ranking near the top of our rankings. So when we tested the redesigned model in 2008, we were disappointed with its below-par handling, braking, fuel economy, and fit and finish.
Let's put the good news right up front: We've logged over 30,000 miles on our latest AWD Toyota Sienna, equipped with run-flat tires, and we still have decent tire life left. Tire wear had been a noted owner concern with the previous model. (See our tire buying ad
Father’s Day is just around the corner—what will your dad be driving? While a new car would be quite the generous gift, many families do use holidays as an opportunity to make major purchases. Should your father need new wheels, we have compiled some suggestions based on budget, needs, and personality.
At a press conference today, Ford announced its next-generation plug-in hybrid will be based on the upcoming C-Max small van. Further, the C-Max in the United States will seat five and will be sold with just two powertrain choices: a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid.
Concerns over airbag safety continues to plague Japanese automaker, Honda. The company announced it was adding another 833,000 vehicles to earlier recalls involving driver's air bags that deploy with too much force during collisions.
New Yorkers waiting to hail a replacement for the city’s fleet of aging and now discontinued Ford Crown Victoria taxis found out today what new shape to start looking for when in need of a ride.
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