2015 Nissan Murano Review

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"The redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano is a quiet, comfortable, roomy five-seat SUV that's perfectly executed for empty-nesters or others who prize a spacious cabin and cargo area, but who have no desire for a third row," says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Car Seat Check

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The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is having a good year. It was recently named Cars.com's Best Pickup Truck of 2015. This midsize pickup truck is built on an all-new platform and has a redesigned exterior and interior. The Colorado comes in extended- or crew-cab models; we tested a Colorado crew cab, which seats five.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (2)

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Video

Cars.com reviewer David Thomas says shoppers looking for a well-rounded family car should look no further than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. In fact, Cars.com just named Hyundai's crossover the Best New Car for Small Families. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Acura RDX to Debut in Chicago

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is still displaying the industry's newest vehicles, but Honda is already making news for its plans for the next auto show; the automaker will unveil the new Pilot alongside an updated Acura RDX from its luxury arm at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Details on the new version of Honda's largest SUV are slim, but the automaker says the eight-passenger 'ute will offer "new technology, advanced safety, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced family utility and versatility." The stocky, blocky family hauler should also get a total exterior makeover. Honda says the new model represents a dramatic shift in design, and the teaser image hints at the 2016 version's sloping roofline and more angular body. It looks like the rear three-quarters of the new Pilot borrows styling from Honda’s smaller SUVs, the CR-V and HR-V.

The 2016 Pilot will meet the public at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12 and go on sale this summer. Acura will also show off an updated RDX in Chicago. The automaker promises that the new compact crossover will be safer and more luxurious as well as offer styling and performance enhancements. Check back with us on Feb. 12 for more details.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2015 | Comments (6)

2015 Mazda CX-9 Video

Mazda's three-row crossover hasn't changed much in the last several years, but Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the CX-9 is aging fairly well with a comfortable, high-quality interior and precise handling. Room could be an issue for families, however, with subpar storage space for small items and a small cargo area behind the third row. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 20, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 GMC Yukon XL: Car Seat Check

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When families shop for a three-row SUV, many parents worry that they'll have to sacrifice cargo-hauling ability for a usable third row. Not so with the 2015 GMC Yukon XL. Both the Yukon XL and the somewhat smaller Yukon were redesigned for 2015 and feature a new exterior look with a more comfortable interior. The Yukon XL measures 224.3 inches long, making it 20.4 inches longer than the Yukon. That extra length translates to a roomier third row: The Yukon XL has 34.5 inches of legroom while the Yukon has 24.8 inches. Our test car had optional captain's chairs in the second row and could seat seven passengers total. The Yukon XL can haul up to nine people when equipped with bench seats in all three rows.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 20, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Lincoln MKC: Car Seat Check

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It appeared with actor Matthew McConaughey in Lincoln's heavily discussed and parodied TV ads, but the 2015 Lincoln MKC should have been the star of the commercial. Based on its sibling, the Ford Escape, this five-passenger compact luxury crossover is good looking both inside and out. Did it perform in our Car Seat Check as well as McConaughey did in "True Detective"?

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona: Car Seat Check

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After years as one of the most uncompetitive and underwhelming minivans in the class, Kia's Sedona is completely revised for 2015 as a boldly styled, comfortable, capable family hauler. By definition, minivans are purpose-built family vehicles, so they should have no problem accommodating a slew of child-safety seats. The 2015 Sedona isn't an exception except when it comes to the third row, where space is tight and the seat belt buckle worked against our booster seat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona Real-World Cargo Space

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The minivan segment hasn't received much love in recent years; image-conscious consumers who'd rather buy SUVs mean many minivans in the segment haven't been redesigned in some time. That hasn't stopped Kia from reviving its Sedona for 2015, now with crossover-SUV-infused styling and that hard-to-beat cargo functionality of a minivan. Inside the Sedona's 142 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume are some trick features.

Related: Five Things That Might Make You Spend $40K on a Kia Sedona Minivan

Cars.com reviewer Kristen Varela writes in her first drive of the Sedona, "Kia's Slide-N-Stow second-row seats do a nifty jig to fold, slide up and lock against the front seats when more cargo space or third-row access is needed; this process is easy and can be done single-handed, though I still think Chrysler's Stow 'n Go seats take the cake."

Then there's the Sedona's nifty power liftgate that brings a new twist to the hands-free power tailgate.

"With Kia's power liftgate (standard on the upper three trims), you stand within the 1-foot detection-range around the minivan's rear with the key fob in your pocket or purse. The Sedona will beep for 3 seconds, letting you know you're within range, and then it will beep faster to alert you that the liftgate is opening. You step out of the way, load up all your stuff and then once your hands are free, press a button to close the liftgate. The height of the open liftgate is easily programmable by simply pulling it down manually," Varela said.

See how well common cargo items fit in the Sedona below.

By Joe Bruzek | December 26, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class: Car Seat Check

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A midsize SUV, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class transports smaller families in style. For 2015, this five-seater is available with a V-6 engine (ML350), a turbo-diesel four-cylinder (ML250 Bluetec) and a twin-turbo V-6 (ML400). For our test, we had the ML400 at our Chicago offices.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three narrow car seats might work.

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By Jennifer Newman | December 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

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