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Fave Family Cars Get Even Better

Here's our third and final installment from car blogger Marc Bertucco:

Yesterday, if you listened carefully, you might have heard the chirp-chirping of the cars of the New York International Auto Show being locked by key-fob as they took their final bow. Before Parenting walked away with only dreams of shiny new cars in our driveways, we spent time with familiar family favorites that are keeping it fresh with notable changes from previous model years.

If you live someplace where it snows or rains with any regularity, then chances are you either are the owner of an all-wheel-drive Subaru or know someone who is. The 2010 Outback re-embraces it’s outdoor adventure heritage with new styling that is more trail-ready hiking boot than city-savvy clog.

The new Outback combines 8.7 inches of ground clearance (higher than many popular SUVs) with almost 4 more inches of rear-seat legroom to ensure that it will be easier than ever to get kids and car seats in and out. Plus, more legroom means your favorite karate kids will have a harder time landing kicks to the back of the front seats!

For conscientious consumers of all things Green, Toyota’s Prius remains on the cutting edge with a new razor sharp design that not only slices through the air more efficiently than a Ferrari F430, but remains a mid-size sedan that swallows families and gear with ease.

Own a piece of the Green dream. Solar panels behind a sliding glass moonroof power a fan that circulates air when the car is parked keeping interior temperatures from getting Death Valley-hot.


Finally, Hyundai is fast becoming the car company you can’t afford to ignore. Vehicles like the luxurious Genesis and smooth-driving Sonata have earned rave reviews for value and performance. But really, Parenting loves that Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels has been helping kids fight cancer for over 10 years to the tune of 12.4 million dollars.

This year, Sante Fe SUVs (with a very special paint job) are touring the country visiting 30 children’s hospitals to deliver 1.3 million dollars to researchers fighting the good fight.

Every handprint tells a story.