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 |  Apr 04 2014, 11:02 AM

Ask AutoGuide No. 42

Ask AutoGuide No. 42

Apparently family values matter. Conservative politicians tap-dance around these issues, pundits prognosticate about their demise and segments of the driving population make them a central issue when it’s time to purchase a new vehicle. Not surprisingly they play a starring role in this week’s installment of Ask AutoGuide.

Nadine is a 37-year-old mother of three. She’s in the market for a family-friendly vehicle that can endure the abuse handed out by her growing brood of little ones.

Ruggedness, power and space are important, but so is seating capacity. How do you efficiently transport a whole mess of kiddies? While simple and extremely cost effective dragging them along in a trawler net isn’t feasible; they need to be properly restrained in a manner that won’t cause them harm (read: rope burn).

She mentioned an interest in the Honda Odyssey miniature van along with its integrated vacuum cleaner. This means she’s not intimidated by a high price tag, because one of these puppies with a suction device is north of 45 grand. Aside from this family-focused option, what are some other alternatives? Well, she’s come to the right place because we’ve got a whole mess of suggestions. And by that we mean two other possibilities that might serve her. Please continue…