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Family minivan meets SUV style

The upcoming Kia Sedona minivan looks ready to tackle more than just a steep parking lot.

The updated minivan broke cover this week in Korea, ahead of its anticipated debut in the U.S. next week. The Kia Carnival, as it’s known in other markets around the world, features a distinctly tougher look liberally borrowed from Kia’s mega-seller Telluride and related Hyundai Palisade crossovers.

We don’t know much about the new Sedona, including what might be under the hood or how much it will cost when it goes on sale. Kia also didn’t share any pictures of the updated interior, but

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The 2020 Honda CR-V fits the family without much flair

The 2020 Honda CR-V fills a lot of needs: It’s well packaged, comfortable, safe, and spacious.

Those are all key traits for a small crossover, but the Mazda CX-5 has sharper moves, and the Toyota RAV4 has a more adventurous look.

With a TCC Rating of 6.5 out of 10, the 2020 Honda CR-V wins big with comfortable front seats, plenty of room no matter where you are seated, great cargo space, and easy-to-use controls. But the paint looks thin, the infotainment system is acceptable at best, and it lacks that creative packaging you’ll find in other Honda products.

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2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid makes family life easier

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited requires an open plug and an open mind. That is the main difference for owners between the gas-only Pacifica minivan—or any other three-row family vehicle—and the Pacifica Hybrid. The other difference is owners won’t need to plan a stop at the gas station in their weekly list of errands, even if they forget to plug it in the garage. 

Now in its fourth year, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid features minor cosmetic upgrades compared to last year, including a new Red S appearance package that paints the upholstery red instead of black. My tester

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The best 2020 crossover SUVs for towing are true family haulers

Towing is no longer a job only for pickup trucks. Lugging the boat and all the family toys is a family thing and there plenty of SUVs up for the task. Even though pickup trucks keep making inroads into family vehicle territory, the SUVs listed here can fit a family in more comfort and tow more than 5,000 pounds.  

If you envision the family toys growing alongside the family and expect to tow more than the small pop-up camper, fishing boat, jet skis or dirt bikes, then you’ll need a vehicle that can exceed that towing benchmark of 5,000 pounds. 

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