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 |  Feb 11 2012, 10:00 AM

We bet the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite is feeling pretty smart today – that’s because it was named by Parenting Magazine as one of the year’s “Smartest Family Cars.”

You’ll find the Odyssey featured in Parenting Magazine’s February issue as part of the publication’s first ever “Genius” issue. This issue is dedicated to helping parents discover their child’s unique genius potential.

“By recognizing today’s smartest cars, Parenting hopes to make it easy for families to use technology on the road, whether it’s for a quick run to the store or for an extended road trip vacation,” said Ana Connery, Editorial Director for The Parenting Group. “Our editors’ top picks have thought of everything so that parents don’t have to.”

Helping the Odyssey make it to the top of the list were a few handy family-friendly features. These include a Blind Spot Information System that uses radar sensors that can detect another vehicle located in a driver’s blind spot), and the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES), which comes with a 16.2-inch display that can screen two different programs side-by-side at the same time.

 |  Jan 22 2012, 11:07 AM

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In Parenting Magazine‘s first “Genius” issue, a new magazine committed to helping parents find ways to best help their children unlock their “genius” potential, the all-new Infiniti JX SUV was chosen as one of the “Smartest Family Cars Of 2012.”

Editorial Director for the Parenting Group Ana Connery said, “By recognizing today’s smartest cars, Parenting hopes to make it easy for families to use technology on the road, whether it’s for quick run to the store or for an extended road trip vacation. Our editors’ top picks have thought of everything so that parents don’t have to.”

The Infiniti JX, available at Infiniti dealerships by spring 2012, was selected for its many smart, high tech, and family-friendly attributes, including 360-degree external cameras and collision sensors that engage the brakes, actively assisting in accident avoidance. The JX also provides a Google Calendar sync to its infotainment system, so that parents could better manage their busy schedules.

Infiniti America Vice President Ben Poore said, “The Infiniti JX’s features were inspired by families who told us they wanted a luxury vehicle with features like the world’s first Backup Collision Intervention system, an Around View Monitor and not having to take out a child safety seat to get access to the 3rd Row. We’re proud that Parenting magazine recognized our desire to make hectic family lives a little more efficient and much more enjoyable.”

Among the list of “Smartest Family Cars of 2012″ is another Nissan product, the Quest minivan. Click here for the complete list of “Smartest Family Cars.”

GALLERY: 2013 Infiniti JX

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