Minivans and SUVs

Minivans and SUVs

Parenting is hard, and your choice of family transport doesn’t need to compound whatever problems are likely to crop up during the course of a day or week. Yet American moms and dads regularly choose vehicles that are less than ideal for the task of hauling a brood and living suburban life, all because they think that minivans aren’t cool.* Let me tell you something: Minivans are cool. Certainly not for their image, as demonstrated by J.D. Power research data, 1 which reveals … http://spb-sovtrans.ru

Volvo, minivan

Volvo, minivan

Volvo s flagship XC90 is a large, luxurious land yacht. With seating for seven, a stately interior and the world s best SUV safety rating, it s like a comfy three-room apartment on wheels. In other words, it s a minivan — with all of the amenities, but none of the embarrassment, of driving that much-lampooned soccer mom-mobile. Don t get me wrong. Some of my best friends are soccer moms. I love minivans and have owned several. My daughters childhoods were no longer nor more violent …

Minivan Travel

Minivan Travel

Thanks for inviting us, Steve. We’re huge fans of Think Save Retire and your Airstream dream! When Daniel and I quit our jobs at the beginning of 2016, we knew we wanted to spend at least a couple years traveling the world, including taking a long road trip around North America. We evaluated the whole spectrum of vehicle options – everything from throwing a tent in the back of a sedan to buying a big RV or trailer. Much to the amusement of our friends and family, we ultimately …

Minivan vacuum

Minivan vacuum

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Turn minivan into Camper

Turn minivan into Camper

Earlier this year, I was awarded a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to spend four months driving around the United States documenting nocturnal culture with my partner and collaborator, Kevin Weidner (who helped me write this piece), and our two dogs (check out my piece on late-night Vegas). Because the grant mostly covered fuel and food, and because we needed to cover a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time, one of our first tasks was to figure out a reliable …

Ford Aerostar minivan

Ford Aerostar minivan

Despite an ever-increasing bureaucracy and rapidly tightening emissions regulations, California still seems to have some of the most exciting automobiles a person could possibly imagine. Like, for example, this one: a 1994 Ford Aerostar that s been turned into a pickup truck. With Dodge Neon hubcaps. We ll start from the start. For those of you who aren t aware, a Ford Aerostar is a minivan. And not just any minivan: an anteater-shaped minivan with standard rear-wheel drive that …

Ford C-Max minivan

Ford C-Max minivan

Three Rows, but Only Two Full-Size The C-Max officially holds seven passengers, but the seating configuration is best described as five-plus-two. The two most rearward seats lack headroom for adults—although they would be adequate for short trips—but smaller children should fit fine. Keeping the third row folded keeps cargo capacity reasonable, as the van accommodates 25 cubic feet behind the second row; only three cubic feet remain in seven-passenger mode. Fold every seat, and …

Minivan cargo Dimensions

Minivan cargo Dimensions

CARS.COM — When Acura redesigned its popular MDX crossover for 2014, press materials specified 90.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo room, a significant increase over the prior MDX s 83.5 cubic feet. Still, something didn t quite add up. The new MDX was 2 inches longer from bumper to bumper, but height and width had decreased 1.5 and 1.3 inches, respectively. How had cargo room increased 8.9 percent? Acura explained: Maximum cargo room was actually 68.4 cubic feet, not 90.9 cubic feet …

Minivan automatic sliding doors

Minivan automatic sliding doors

To let owners take full advantage of their massive cargo capacities, the best vans with remote doors provide particularly easy interior access. Folks no longer have to fuss with yanking those big sliding doors around, but can instead press a single key-fob button and allow electric motors to handle the task. The technology is helpful for minivan families with young children, too, since kids can sometimes struggle with opening and closing vehicle doors, and especially sliding-style …

Minivan fuel efficiency

Minivan fuel efficiency

A minivan may be the most fuel efficient automotive method to move people and cargo from point A to point B. Even within the minivan category, there are efficiency winners and losers. If you re in the market for a minivan, fuel efficiency is probably on your list of important factors in your buying decision. Here s a list of the top five most fuel-efficient 2010 minivans, according to the EPA. 2010 Mazda5. Photo (c) Mazda 2.3 liter inline 4-cylinder, 5-speed manual transmission: …

Highest ratings minivans

Highest ratings minivans

Source: IIHS The Nissan Quest minivan during the IIHS safety test Zuby added that IIHS engineers had to use a crow bar to free the dummy s right foot. When asked about the crash test results and comments from IIHS, Nissan spokesman Steve Yeager said, Nissan will continue to review these and other results from IIHS testing as we seek opportunities for improvements. Yeager points out the Quest has received good ratings from the IIHS for other crash tests including front moderate …

Windstar minivans

Windstar minivans

Introduced in the mid-1990s, the front-wheel-drive Ford Windstar minivan campaigned with an emphasis on, and reputation for, safety. And in the hotly contested family minivan market of the time, that was an especially solid piece of ground to be on. As long as buyers didn t need to haul adults in back on a regular basis - or find it necessary to remove the heavy third-row bench seat from the van often for additional cargo room - the Windstar generally served a family s needs just …

TV for minivan

TV for minivan

Last summer my wife and I had the mini-van debate. We liked the size of the vehicles, the ability for the kids to sit in their own bucket chairs, and to eventually jam an entire soccer team should we pull the short straw to drive for the out-of-town game. But there was one stopper that had me pulling the plug, putting my foot down, and vetoing the mini-van – video screens for the backseat. Sorry to go old man on you, but if you put tv screens in your car, you’ve absolutely ruined …

Ford minivan name

Ford minivan name

The Ford Transit Connect is the automaker’s small cargo van and passenger wagon that slots below the full-size Ford Transit (which replaced the dated E-Series van). The passenger variant of the Transit Connect is practical, but smaller and less premium compared to full-size entries in the minivan segment. History Although the first-generation Ford Transit Connect hit European streets in the early 2s, the small delivery van didn’t arrive in the U.S. until its mid-cycle refresh …

Most spacious minivan

Most spacious minivan

EPA Fuel Economy 22 mpg combined Maximum Cargo Capacity 148.5 cu.ft. Available Total Seating 8 Drivetrain Warranty 5 yr./ 6 mi. Available Drivetrains Front Wheel Drive Government Crash Rating 5 Stars Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Honda Odyssey: For everyday family use, there s no better vehicle than a minivan, and as minivans go, there s little better than the 2016 Honda Odyssey. It has seating for eight passengers as standard, and you can also remove the second row s middle …