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 |  Mar 30 2014, 8:23 PM

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Car enthusiasts worldwide love AutoGuide‘s videos, and this past week we had plenty to share.

For shoppers interested in a three-row crossover, we compiled our comparison test to determine which offers the best bang for the buck. In addition, we took a deeper look at the all-new Chrysler 200S while sports car enthusiasts wanted to see out first drive of the BMW M235i.

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 |  Mar 26 2014, 11:32 AM

The Kings of the Big Family Haulers


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Until the mid-1980s, those with large families usually bought station wagons with a who-cares-about-safety rearward facing third row of seats. But then the minivan was introduced and everything changed. For the next fifteen years, troops of kids were transported here and there in these pragmatic boxes on wheels. As is often the case though, consumer taste’s changed.

Today the three-row station wagons rival the mountain gorilla on the critically endangered species list while the minivan has become more passé than bridge clubs. Now there is a new king of big family transport – the three-row crossover utility vehicle (CUV).

And the Crossover Takes Over

After a brief foray with three-row body-on-frame SUVs in the early 2000s, the vast majority of auto manufacturers have settled on unibody crossovers to handle passenger duties of six or more. Last year, more than 1.7 million of these CUVs were sold in the U.S. compared to less than 525,000 minivans.

With nearly two million annual sales up for grabs, manufacturers are constantly tweaking their products to entice customers. Over the last year alone, all-new versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander hit the market while the Kia Sorento and Dodge Durango received significant updates. To see which CUV is the best value for the money, we gathered these five crossovers along with three older models; the large Chevrolet Traverse, the best-selling Ford Explorer and the eight-passenger Honda Pilot. Which one emerged as the victor in this stacked field? Read on to find out.

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 |  Mar 10 2014, 9:23 AM

AutoGuideNow Mar 10Three row crossovers are on the menu here at AutoGuide.com this week and we’re testing a whopping eight of them in succession. Which one will emerge as the best? You’ll find out soon enough!

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