Their writer has a preschooler and twin infants. Cars.com asked her to test drive cars that wouldn’t be considered “family cars,” so no crossovers, vans or SUV, and then pick her five favorites. The Taurus made the list because plenty of car seats can fit comfortably and there is plenty of room for those cargo needs that come with having kids.
The website has chosen this vehicle for its big redesign, new technology and use of high-strength aluminum. It will be competing against five other vehicles and the winner will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in January, 2015.
Cars.com says, “the big news about this redesign is that it is the first mass-produced pickup to use high strength aluminum for all the body panels and bed construction.”
With the new material there is a significant change in overall weight of the vehicle but it also drives and sounds different. A reduction in weight has allowed Ford to create an EcoBoost engine that has better fuel economy while still keeping towing and payload standards.
The Mitsubishi Mirage has been named the most affordable car of the year, according to cars.com. Affordable doesn’t just mean “lowest sticker price” in this case, as their researchers looked at five-year fuel prices and new MSRP to create this formula. Every car on the market was studied, with the only requirement being automatic transmission, USB, Bluetooth capabilities, tilt steering wheel and power locks and windows.
At a total cost of only $22,115, the Mirage came in first place, $1,800 less than the second-place vehicle, and more than $3,700 less than the list average.
The 2013 Honda Pilot is one of the best choices for a larger families. It’s one of the few vehicles that offers comfortable seating for up to 8 people, and with a backup camera now standard across the lineup, the Pilot is one of the most practical choices for those seeking a large SUV.
We’ve always found the Pilot to be one of the most underrated vehicles in Honda’s lineup. There isn’t a wasted millimeter of space in the Pilot. There’s room for 8 people to sit inside, and even taller passengers will fit comfortably in the back of a Pilot. Sometimes we look at 3-row models and think “who would fit in that third row,” but we don’t think that’s the case in the 2013 Honda Pilot.
While the Pilot is relatively the same as previous models, a backup camera is now standard on all 2013 Honda Pilot models. This is a big step forward, because we know it can be hard to fit a larger SUV into a tight space. Those problems are now a thing of the past.
Watch Waikem Honda salesman Dustin Shahan’s walk around of the 2013 Honda Pilot: