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 (101)

Top 10 Most-Improved Cars from the Past 15 Years

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If you read our series on the business of redesigns, you know that reimagining a car from the ground up can be a billion-dollar feat to implement the industry's latest technology, keep up with ever-improving competition and ultimately (hopefully) increase sales. They usually do just that: In Cars.com's analysis of 61 redesigns from 2009 to 2012, sales for the average remake saw an increase of 32.6% in the months following.

Why? Just look at their predecessors. Some undertakings replace a onetime star that lingered well past its freshness date (see the Volkswagen New Beetle), while others are the successor to a product doomed from the get-go (see the Dodge Caliber). Whatever you call it, the most improved overhauls can sometimes create butterflies out of automotive caterpillars. An important note: Sometimes the changes go beyond just interiors and drivetrains, and sometimes the car being replaced was so poor that the automaker gave the new version an all-new name.

The last time we named the most-improved cars, we considered models that showed progress through successive generations in the 2000s. This time, our editors nominated the most improved single redesigns from the past 15 years.

By Kelsey Mays | October 14, 2013 | Comments (13)

2014 Honda Odyssey Video

In high-school-hierarchy terms, being the undisputed king of minivans might be the cool equivalent of being president of the math club, Latin club and physics club. But according to Cars.com reviewer David Thomas, if you're a practical parent too busy to be overly image conscious, the Honda Odyssey is the minivan vanguard. The zippy, maneuverable 2014 Odyssey updates exterior styling, adds family-friendly tech features and improves fuel economy. But you've just got to get hip to that handy HondaVac available on the highest trim level — it might be extravagant, but it sure doesn't suck. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey; 2003 Acura MDX

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 318,000 model-year 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey minivans and approximately 56,000 model-year 2003 Acura MDX crossovers. 

The Problem: The supplemental restraint system (airbag system) could malfunction due to electrical interference. "Honda has received a small but increasing number of complaints in recent months of inadvertent airbag deployment in these vehicles," the automaker said in a statement. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue, however.

The Fix: Dealers will install an electrical noise filter adjacent to the SRS control unit for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda will notify owners starting in late October. Owners can visit www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or call 800-999-1009 (Honda) or 800-382-2238 (Acura) for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 19, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Honda Odyssey: Car Seat Check

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As Cars.com's 2013 Family Car of the Year award winner, Honda's minivan had better deliver in the car-seat department. It sure did in our Car Seat Check. For 2014, the Odyssey gets a light refresh and some pretty exciting equipment — the HondaVac in-van vacuum cleaner joins the topline trim.

Plenty of convenience features, loads of room and excellent Latch anchors continue to make the Odyssey one of the most family-friendly vehicles on the market; a third row with two sets of Latch anchors and a second row that fits three car seats are added bonuses.

By Jennifer Geiger | September 12, 2013 | Comments (3)

Suction Wars: The HondaVac Versus My DustBuster

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Kids are great. One thing they're definitely not, however, is tidy. My family spends much of the weekend on the road, logging lots of miles and meals in the car — add a 3-year-old to the mix and you can guarantee a mess or two. Each Sunday we return with a little more than we left with, usually extra sand in our shoes or the remnants of en-route snacks. The last thing I do before returning a test car is give it a good once-over with my DustBuster.

When Honda debuted the first in-van vacuum system in the 2014 Odyssey, I was eager to test if it would add a little convenience to my weekly car-cleaning ritual. But how does it hold up against my trusty Black & Decker DustBuster? I peppered all three rows of the Odyssey with sand and Cheerios to find out.

By Jennifer Geiger | September 11, 2013 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2013 Honda Odyssey and Pilot

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 270 model-year 2013 Honda Pilot SUVs (two- and all-wheel-drive models) and Odyssey minivans. 

The Problem: During manufacturing, the heat treatment process may not have been properly applied to engine components. This could cause a piston to suddenly fail, resulting in the engine stalling.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the engine short block for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda will notify owners starting Sept. 16. Owners also can call Honda at 800-999-1009 for more information.  

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Honda Odyssey Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

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The hits keep rolling for Honda's minivan. Cars.com's 2013 Family Car of the Year pick continues to rack up the accolades; today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that the 2014 Odyssey earned its top score, the Top Safety Pick+ award, and is the first minivan to do so.

In front, side, rear and rollover crashes, the Odyssey earned a score of Good; it was also the first minivan to undergo the agency's tough new small front overlap test, acing this crash as well.

The Odyssey was lightly updated for 2014 and although its exterior styling carries over unchanged, its structure has been updated, the IIHS said. New, more advanced high-strength steel door frames, floor pan and wheel wells make the passenger compartment more rigid, the agency reported. In its report, the IIHS also notes that the side curtain airbags extend farther forward for better head protection.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Names Top 10 Tailgaters

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It's already late summer, and increasingly your day revolves around trolling sports websites for the latest news on training camps, preseason college football power rankings, alma-mater rivalries and so on. Alabama or LSU? Steelers or Ravens?

The season of pigskin bliss is upon us, and the truly serious fans have tickets, and many of those serious ticket holders tailgate. Which brings us to Cars.com's annual Top 10 Tailgaters — our top picks for cars to hit the stadium lots and pregame 'til the brats run out.

As always, please tailgate responsibly, and check out our list below.

By Kelsey Mays | August 28, 2013 | Comments (4)

July's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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We'd like to think most auto executives drove to work this morning listening to The Cars' "Good Times Roll." June and July turned out the best seasonally adjusted auto sales since before the recession. In raw numbers, new-car sales saw the healthiest July since 2007.

The fastest sellers, unsurprisingly, were also some of the strongest. Recent redesigns of the 2014 Acura MDX (July sales up 29.5%), 2014 Lexus IS (sales up 58.6%) and 2014 Subaru Forester (sales up 52.5%) joined the updated 2014 Honda Odyssey (sales up 10.9%) among July's fastest-selling cars.

The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover topped the list, but the sybaritic SUV was redesigned a year ago. No matter: Each Rover stayed on dealer lots less than a week apiece, and July sales flew 111.3%.

Stranger still, the Audi Q5 has gone without a substantial redesign since it arrived in early 2009, yet it was the third fastest seller on the list — and it's been among the fastest-selling cars for nine of the past 10 months. Its Q7 sibling, meanwhile, has been on the roster for four straight months despite showing up in late 2006.

By Kelsey Mays | August 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

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