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Best Car Features You Never Knew You Wanted

Andrew Chen  | Jun 24, 2020

From adaptive cruise control to massaging seats, here are the best car features you never knew you wanted from AutoNation Drive editors.


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Family-friendly: best cars for families

American families go big and rarely go home these days, no more so than their choices in what to keep in their driveway. From safety to seating, hybrid cars to SUVs, there are a lot of choices to make when it comes to picking a car that's right for your family.

Keeping everyone connected, entertained, safe, and sane is a big job for today's vehicles. We train our expert eyes to curating the best research for finding your family car.


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Exterior view of the 2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Hyundai Venue Review

Where the new Venue really looks the most promising is in its market versatility, where it further blurs the lines between hatchbacks like the Kia Soul and crossovers like the Nissan Kicks. 

Jeffrey N. Ross | Oct 21, 2020


See the body of the 2020 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e

2020 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e Review

The 2020 model year brought infotainment and interior adjustments to the popular Toyota Prius line.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 30, 2020


See the body of the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Review

See what happened when Toyota decided to let the performance specialists at the Toyota Racing Development team take aim at the Avalon.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 29, 2020


See the exterior of the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review

Toyota rolled out yet another fuel-efficient vehicle, and its latest addition to the party is the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid.

Jeffrey N. Ross | Sep 17, 2019


Exterior view of the 2020 Lexus ES 300h

2020 Lexus ES 300h Review

If you're missing the days of a good, old-fashioned highway cruiser, then the 2020 Lexus ES 300h is the car for you.

Jeffrey N. Ross | Aug 26, 2020


Exterior view of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Review

Cars like the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line exist to show that life isn't always better with added ground clearance.

Jeffrey N. Ross | Aug 19, 2020


Exterior view of the 2020 Honda Accord 2.0T Touring

2020 Honda Accord 2.0T Touring Review

The 2020 Honda Accord 2.0T Touring is a popular sedan winning over the crossover crowd.

Omar Rana | Aug 06, 2020


See the body of the 2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Altima Review

The 2020 Nissan Altima takes design cues from the Vmotion 2.0 concept car shown at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

Derek Shiekhi | Mar 02, 2020


See the body of the 2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Nissan Maxima Review

Nissan's storied flagship sedan, also known as the "4-Door Sports Car," leaps into the 2020 model year with more performance and more safety features for all five grade levels: S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum.

Andrew Chen | Feb 29, 2020


See the body of the 2019 Nissan Maxima SL

2019 Nissan Maxima SL Review

The fact is the Nissan Maxima is an outstanding vehicle that delivers performance, comfort, and economy at a price that's pretty easy to live with.

Mike Musto | Oct 31, 2019


See the exterior of the 2019 Nissan Rogue SL FWD

2019 Nissan Rogue SL FWD Review

The current Nissan Rogue continues to keep pace with the best of the compact crossover segment such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V

Jeffrey N. Ross | Oct 25, 2019


Exterior view of the 2019 Honda Civic Type R

2019 Honda Civic Type R Review

The Honda Civic Type R comes to the United States during the height of the pocket rocket popularity.

Omar Rana | Oct 23, 2019


See the body of the 2017 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition

2017 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition Review

After a complete redesign in 2016, the Nissan Maxima roared into the 2017 model year with more visual enhancements and standard technology like Apple CarPlay.

Andrew Chen | Oct 22, 2019


See the exterior of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 4Motion

2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 4Motion Review

Volkswagen dips its toes into the luxury waters with the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 4Motion.

AutoNation Drive | Oct 15, 2019


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See the exterior of the  2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited

2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited Review

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited offers 3rd row seating and luxurious interiors to compete with the biggest names on the market.

Jeffrey N. Ross  | Aug 19, 2020


See the body of the 2020 Buick Enclave Avenir

2020 Buick Enclave Avenir Review

Honoring the Buick lines of the past while pointing toward the future of luxury SUVs, Buick unveiled the 2020 Buick Enclave Avenir.

Derek Shiekhi | Aug 07, 2020


See the body of the 2020 Acura RDX

2020 Acura RDX Review

The 2020 Acura RDX carries over unchanged for the 2020 model year. To get a closer look at Acura's compact CUV, we spent a week with the 2020 Acura RDX decked out with the stylish and sporty A-Spec package.

Jeffrey N. Ross  | Apr 15, 2019


See the body of the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review

Nissan introduced an all-new options package for two- and four-wheel-drive Pathfinder SV and SL models.

Derek Shiekhi | Mar 02, 2020


See the exterior of the 2019 Dodge Durango SRT

2019 Dodge Durango SRT Review

A drive in the Dodge Durango RST moved one AutoNation editor to poetics, perhaps a rarity for a muscle SUV. Read about this cool SUV on the blog.

Derek Shiekhi | Nov 11, 2019


See the body of the 2019 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

2019 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD Review

The 2019 Nissan Murano Platinum is one of the most surprising crossovers on the market.

Mike Musto | Nov 01, 2019


See the exterior of the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Review

For the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder, that was accomplished with the all-new Rock Creek Edition combining a more rugged appearance with trendy blacked-out exterior styling.

Jeffrey N. Ross | Oct 29, 2019


See the exterior of the 2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V Review

The Honda CR-V just celebrated its 20th birthday last year with a ground-up redesign, with an all-new fifth-generation Honda CR-V released for the 2018 model year.

Jeffrey N. Ross  | Oct 24, 2019


See the body of the 2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4 Review

The new RAV4 is bigger, roomier, and more stylish than its predecessors, and the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is also more efficient.

Jeffrey N. Ross  | Oct 21, 2020


See the exterior of the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T AWD

2018 Dodge Durango R/T AWD Review

The proportions are right on the money when it comes to the 2018 Dodge Durango. Discover more great features of this well-appointed luxury midsize SUV.

Mike Musto | Oct 18, 2019


See the exterior of the 2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR-V Review

With nearly 60 cubic feet of cargo space with Honda's trick rear Magic Seat folded down, the 2016 Honda HR-V is an extremely versatile subcompact crossover SUV.

AutoNation Drive | Aug 30, 2019


See the exterior of the 2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade

2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade Review

The all-new Sienna offers a stylish package for families looking to move beyond the "soccer mom" vibe of yore.

Jeffrey N. Ross | Aug 12, 2019


See the exterior of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is back. It comes to us not as a full-size or off-road inspired SUV, but a mid-size crossover designed for the modern world. 

Mike Musto | Nov 06, 2019


See the exterior of the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Review

In this video we're going to take a closer look at the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer. It's a sleek and modern mid-size crossover that isn't just practical - it's also fun to drive. 

AutoNation Drive | Video


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See the exterior of the 2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade

2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade Review

The all-new Sienna offers a stylish package for families looking to move beyond the "soccer mom" vibe of yore.

Jeffrey N. Ross | Aug 12, 2019


See the exterior of the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited Review

Chrysler continues to perfect one of its best inventions: the modern minivan. See what the hype is all about in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited.

Jeffrey N. Ross | Aug 11, 2019


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What's the best SUV for families?

According to the automotive press, you would do a lot worse than choosing one of the following for your family car:

Whether you need 2nd-row or 3rd-row seating, these SUVs pack a lot of features for the price. Other top contenders for families among the SUV segment include the Chevrolet Traverse, the Toyota Rav4, and the Subaru Forester.

How to pick a family-friendly car

It's more than just a matter of safety, these days. Picking a family car has, in many ways, never been easier. Modern safety technology, from lane keeping assist to keyless entry, offers parents a piece of mind so that they can focus on the road. But what's top of mind for families is technology - keeping everyone connected.

Check out our round-up of best infotainment systems to see which vehicles offer the best plug and play options for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Or, read our guide to heated and cooled seats so that you know you're tackling those early-morning school drop-offs without a shiver in sight.