Do You Need an All-Wheel Drive Minivan?

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The main mission of a minivan is to haul people, more so than even the more popular SUVs that account for more than 30 percent of new-vehicle sales.

Yet, whereas more than half of SUVs are equipped with all- or four-wheel drive, Toyota stands alone among minivan manufacturers in offering all-wheel drive, which is installed on about 17 percent of Siennas sold in the U.S. In contrast, about 60 percent of Toyota Highlander SUVs are equipped with all-wheel drive.

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That percentage apparently is enough to satisfy the bean counters at Toyota, which has the all-wheel-drive minivan niche all to itself; the Sienna's main rivals seem to be in no hurry to try to crash that party.

By Rick Popely | February 5, 2014 | Comments (8)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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UPDATE 10/15/2013:
Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.

In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.

The newest vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.

As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:

By Jennifer Newman | October 15, 2013 | Comments (92)

Which New Cars Have Under-Floor Storage?

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By Rick Popely | September 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Once again there are scant changes to our list of most-read reviews: The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is still at No. 1, followed by the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, respectively. The lone newcomer to the roster this week was the 2014 Acura RLX. The luxury midsize/full-size sedan that so confounded Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder makes its list debut at No. 4. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

4. 2014 Acura RLX
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 BMW 3 Series

7. 2014 Acura MDX
8. 2013 Ford Escape
9. 2013 Nissan Altima
10. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

By Matt Schmitz | July 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 712,000 Chrysler Vehicles

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Chrysler is voluntarily recalling an estimated 712,084 vehicles in four separate actions due to problems with various safety features, the automaker announced this week. It's more bad news for the automaker after its decision last month — following a recall request by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — to inspect and repair 2.7 million Jeep SUVs due to a fuel-system problem that could lead to fires.

The largest of the new recalls affects 442,000 model-year 2011-13 Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger sedans, as well as 2011-13 Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2011-12 Dodge Nitro SUVs. The active head restraint function, designed to mitigate neck injuries by automatically moving forward during rear-impact collisions, may contain faulty microcontrollers that could prevent the system from functioning properly. Chrysler said it is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

By Matt Schmitz | July 5, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Not only did the No. 1 placeholder go unchanged on this week's list of most-read reviews — that, of course, belongs to long-term top-spot tenant the 2013 Toyota RAV4 — but the entire top six slots were identical to the previous week. In fact, the only thing substantially different this week was the return of the 2013 Nissan Altima at No. 7 after it dropped out of sight for a week. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
4. 2014 Subaru Forester

5. 2014 Acura MDX
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2013 Nissan Altima

8. 2013 BMW 3 Series
9. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
10. 2013 Honda Accord
By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2013 Toyota RAV4 appears to have settled comfortably back into the No. 1 spot on our list of most-read reviews, where it has spent the majority of the first half of 2013 notwithstanding some brief absences. Further down the line were list debuts from the 2013 Toyota Camry and the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, at Nos. 7 and 9, respectively, and the return of the 2013 BMW 3 Series at No. 10. Here’s what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country

3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2014 Acura MDX
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2013 Toyota Camry

8. 2013 Honda Accord
9. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
10. 2013 BMW 3 Series
By Matt Schmitz | June 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Down but seemingly never out, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 spent last week at No. 3 only to reclaim the top spot on our list of most-read reviews this week, sending one-week champ the 2014 Acura MDX plummeting all the way down to No. 10. Another most-read-reviews regular, the 2014 Subaru Forester, returned to the list at No. 3 after abruptly disappearing last week. Here’s what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

7. 2013 Nissan Altima

8. 2013 Honda Accord

9. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro

10. 2014 Acura MDX

By Matt Schmitz | June 16, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Perhaps the 2013 Toyota RAV4 has the magic combo of a lavender-pants-suited Kaley Cuoco and her little dog, too, to thank for conjuring its continued domination on our list of most-read reviews. The ad campaign, prominently featured during this year's Super Bowl — starring Cuoco, of TV's "The Big Bang Theory," as a doggy-toting, wish-granting genie — no doubt is also being credited in part with the crossover's substantial sales increase this year. Want to know what else was popular this week? Your wish is our command:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Subaru Forester
3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
4. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2013 Nissan Altima
7. 2013 BMW 3 Series
8. 2013 Toyota Avalon
9. 2013 Dodge Dart
10. 2013 Honda Accord
By Matt Schmitz | June 2, 2013 | Comments (3)

Can a Minivan Be Stylish?

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A minivan is many things to the families who own one. It's a school bus, playroom, weekend road warrior and living room on wheels — but can it also be stylish? Before you answer no, consider the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country S.

The automaker working to turn its image from humdrum to hip with the "Imported from Detroit" slogan and star-studded advertising is also trying to inject some mojo into its minivan. Chrysler gives the Town & Country S a dose of attitude inside and out with a sport suspension, black chrome grille, a black step pad, 17-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets and blacked-out headlights. Inside, it's more black-on-black: leather seats with gray contrast stitching, glossy black plastic trim on the instrument panel and steering wheel, a black headliner and a black center console.

I'm a fan of the Town & Country, but fully admit a minivan is one of the most style-cramping vehicles you can buy. What type of moms and dads would go for a blinged-out, blacked-out version?

By Jennifer Geiger | May 29, 2013 | Comments (9)

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