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Honda sweeps Best Family Cars for sedan and minivan

2014 Honda Odyssey

The newly redesigned Honda Odyssey is a hit with families.

Confirming something that many families have already discovered, Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com just announced that the Honda Odyssey and Honda Accord have been named Best Family Cars for 2014.

Here’s the news release:

The 2014 Honda Accord (www.automobiles.honda.com/Accord) and 2014 Odyssey minivan (www.automobiles.honda.com/Odyssey) have both been named to the 10 Best Family Cars list compiled by the experts at Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. The two family-friendly Honda vehicles – each earning the highest possible rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – were selected out of hundreds of models for excelling in the key areas of safety, convenience features, performance and value.

“The Accord and Odyssey lead their segments in the areas that matter most to the family buyer – safety ratings, fuel efficiency, value and innovative features,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. “As the top vehicles in their segments in sales to individual buyers, we know families appreciate the hard work we’ve put into making these vehicles value and performance leaders.”

The Accord features sophisticated styling, fuel-efficient powertrains and advanced technology features like the available LaneWatch display and a standard multi-view rearview camera.

The Accord features sophisticated styling, fuel-efficient powertrains and advanced technology features like the available LaneWatch display and a standard multi-view rearview camera.

The Accord was recognized as one of the top sedans for families by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com for the second straight year. The Accord features sophisticated styling, fuel-efficient powertrains and advanced technology features like the available LaneWatch™ display and a standard multi-view rearview camera. With safety a top shopping consideration for families, the Accord shined by earning the highest possible rating of  TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and nabbing the best possible rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing with a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score.1

The Odyssey was also recognized as one of the best minivans for families on the 10 Best Family Cars annual list. As the top-selling minivan to individual retail car buyers in the U.S.2, the Odyssey continues to lead its class in the areas that families look for when selecting a vehicle like fuel efficiency, safety, interior spaciousness and driving experience. The Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest possible rating of IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+3, and the Odyssey has earned the best possible overall safety rating from NHTSA with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score1. Additionally, the Odyssey is rated at a remarkable 28 mpg4 highway, the highest EPA fuel economy rating of any eight-passenger minivan.

For more information about Parents magazine and Edmunds.com’s list of the 10 Best Family Cars for 2014, please visitwww.parents.com and www.edmunds.com. The full list will be featured in the July 2014 issue of Parents magazine.

1Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs).
2Based on IHS Automotive, Polk new-vehicle retail registration data through the end of December 2013.
3The Odyssey was the only minivan to qualify as a 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ as of March 1, 2014 and the Odyssey has earned the best possible overall safety rating from NHTSA with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score.
4Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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June 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

Many new models signify a turnaround for the auto industry — and good news for families

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Just as Dickens described, the global automotive industry, which has suffered through the economic apocalypse of recent years, is entering 2012 with a positive outlook and a plan for a much brighter future.

The compact crossover Buick Encore is just one of 47 new or redesigned models due out in 2012.

Over the past three months, automakers have filled two major auto shows — in Los Angeles and Detroit — with many more new and improved models than in previous years. An excellent wrap-up story about last week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit by New York Times Auto Writer Lawrence Ulrich, points out that the dog days of the auto industry are now in the rear view mirror.

The number of new-models introduced at the 2012 Detroit auto show suggest a growing recovery from a downturn that felled some brands entirely and caused other automakers to scale back new-model development or delay production plans. As consumers return to showrooms in coming years — many by necessity, with the median age of the American car near record highs — they’ll be tempted by an explosion of new models.

Subtracting models lost when brands like Pontiac were shuttered, the industry’s net gain in new models was just four in 2010 and 13 in 2011, according to LMC Automotive, a research firm. Looking ahead, LMC projects a turnaround in which consumers will see net gains of 47 new or redesigned models in 2012, 66 in 2013 and 47 more in 2014.

Ulrich also provides a round-up of all the new models at the Detroit show.

The Family Car attended both the LA and Detroit shows. Click below to view quick video overviews from each show:

2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show

2012 North American International Auto Show

January 17, 2012 at 6:41 am Leave a comment

Acura TSX – a wild wagon

There’s something about the 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon that makes you want to get out of town and head for the hills. The TSX’s spunky inline four cylinder engine combines with a low center of gravity to produce a vehicle with sports-car-like qualities that demands to be driven.The low-to-the-road statue of the TSX helps the car stick to the pavement in tight-turn situations, and the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel just add to the fun.

But this is one sports car that you don’t have to save just for weekend getaways. The cargo area versatility of the TSX wagon makes it perfect for handling the daily duties of active families.

January 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

Hybrids are happening: Plenty of family-friendly fuel-sippers are rolling into garages

Today’s economic environment makes it mandatory for families to keep a close eye on expenses. Parents are finding all sorts of ways to cut costs and keep the budget under control. But one of the largest, big-ticket expense items on your budget is hardly ever seen and never appreciated, yet it gobbles up a good one-sixth (1/6) of a families’ monthly expenses.

The budget busting culprit: transportation — more specifically, fuel. We need fuel to get from here to there, every day of our active lives. That’s why many families are taking a close look at vehicles that consume the least amount of fuel without sacrificing the other needs of a family, such as safety, space and functionality.

Auto manufacturers are heeding the call for more fuel-efficient vehicles by rolling out a host of hybrid models that use a combination of gas and electric motors to cut down on fuel intake and increase gas mileage.

Here’s a look at some of the top family-friendly hybrids on the market today.

The Toyota Prius (50 mpg) is still the leader of the pack when it comes to hybrid technology. In addition to its upgraded third-generation design, which offers a solar roof to power the climate control system, Toyota is also rolling a plug-in Prius that supplements the electrical power with household electricity, allowing the vehicle to run in electric-only mode for the first few miles. And look for a Prius V wagon in the near future, giving families an additional 60 percent more cargo space than the current Prius.

Honda’s Insight (41 mpg) is designed with a similar egg-shape look of the Prius and is the most affordable hybrid on sale in the U.S., starting at $18,000. Honda’s undercover hybrid, the Civic hybrid (42 mpg) remains a premium family-friendly hybrid, adding even better fuel economy in 2011. Honda also offers the Civic GX, a natural gas compression vehicle that requires not a drop of gasoline and has zero emissions.

A newcomer to the hybrid market this year is the Hyundai Sonata hybrid, a sleek four-door that rates an average of 35-40 mpg. Ford offers a trio of new hybrids to supplement its small SUV Escape hybrid model (32 mpg): the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ hybrids all achieve mileage of 41 mpg in city driving, 36 mpg on the highway.

Speaking of SUVs, the Toyota Highlander (28 mpg) is the only hybrid offering third row seats, and the Lexus RX450h provides luxury living while topping 32 mpg it city driving.

Read the full story here.

For an updated list of hybrid vehicles on the market, click here.

December 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment


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