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Greenest Family Cars

Finding a car that suits your family’s needs is one thing, but if you’re environmentally-conscious, your search might extend beyond comfort, cargo space and available options. We use data from the Environmental Protection Agency to find the vehicles that can haul your family, but are less harsh on the environment. If you want to befriend Mother Earth and teach your kids to do the same, find out which cars make the list in Greenest Family Cars. In Pictures ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, Green Cars, Family Cars, Best Cars for Families

Best Cars for Carpooling

If you’re a parent who carpools, you know that it can be more stressful than hauling just your kids to soccer practice. To make your car pool days easier, we found vehicles that are ideal for carpooling, as well as features that help make it less stressful when you’ve got a car full of antsy kids. Third-row seats, second-row captain’s chairs, DVD systems, sufficient cargo space and backup cameras are all helpful features in a family vehicle ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, Family Cars, Best Cars for Families

Cars of Summer: The Toyota Sienna Goes Shopping

For most people, summer is driving season. AAA estimates that 35 million people will hit the road this Fourth of July weekend. Even if you're not heading out with the crowds, summer means day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine. This summer, U.S. News is putting the cars we test through their summer paces and giving you tips and advice for making the most of your summer ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Toyota Sienna, Minivans, Cargo Space, Family Cars

GMC Terrain: Family Friendliness Depends on Trim

I had a test GMC Terrain this week. The base Terrain is a family-friendly crossover, but the test car, with its $1,295 rear seat DVD player seemed purpose-built for someone with kids. Not having any kids of my own, I asked Jonathan Smith, a producer at NHPR, and his family (including his five- and nine-year-old sons) to take the $38,895 test GMC Terrain AWD SLT-2 for the weekend. Here’s what he thought: Jonathan: The Terrain has a ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, GMC Terrain, Affordable Compact SUVs, Family Cars

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