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Driver's Notebook: More Family Love!


Article by Dennis Malcolm Byron

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Addressing family needs continues to be in high demand, so we made sure these three four-wheelers were on your radar. Whether going hybrid with two stellar options or seating up to eight members comfortably, consider one of these fine automobiles to keep everyone happy.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring

Answering your requests for more Honda coverage, our first 2020 driving experience from this automaker came in the form of an impressive hybrid compact SUV. Under the hood, the 2.0-liter, i-VTEC engine has its quartet of cylinders pump out an impressive 212 horsepower listing; the smooth maneuverability, all-wheel drive and Sport Mode option greatly enhanced the driving experience. The Touring model is generous with standard features, including Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation, a wireless phone charger, 19-inch wheels, roof rails, and a booming 330-watt premium audio system with nine speakers (with subwoofer). The ample cargo room and cushy interior add to the accolades of this brand-new crossover. Give it a spin!

Staring price: $35,950

Fuel economy: 40 city/35 highway

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2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

Staying with the hybrid theme, the Pacifica has garnered stellar rankings and for good reason; how about being the only hybrid in its class with plug-in capability with up to 520 miles of driving range? Fears of the traditional, unimaginative “minivan” prejudices are also erased with Pacifica’s sleek frame, Nappa leather-trimmed seats and an optional tri-pane panoramic sunroof for starters. Addressing entertainment, a plethora of high-tech enhancements including 4G LTE Wi-Fi, the Uconnect Theater with a 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, 10-inch HD touchscreens, Blu-ray, dual HDMI inputs, wireless headphones, multiple media hubs for USB connectivity, and even built-in games alongside other entertainment apps make every family trip of up to seven passengers a pampering experience.

Staring price: $45,845

Fuel economy: 82 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent)/30 gasoline only

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2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch

Remarkably spacious with three rows to seat up to eight passengers complete with a posh interior and no cutting corners on the infotainment (FordPass 4G Wi-Fi, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, rear entertainment), every family member is willingly piling in no matter the errand. The 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine packs 375 horses paired with responsive steering; a long list of safety features (enhanced active park assist, custom Co-Pilot360 suite, numerous airbags, SOS post-crash alert system); a towing package; and powered running boards. The “King Ranch” version comes with a list of standard features, including Del Rio leather seating throughout; exterior enhancements (signature badging, 22-inch painted wheels, roof rails); 360-degree camera with split view and roof rails. The Expedition is the epitome of the saying “Go big or go home” and comes highly recommended.

Staring price: $72,895

Fuel economy: 17 city/23 highway

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