The latest vehicles that are being pumped up as ideal for families include hybrid gas sippers, tiny SUVs, redesigned work vans, and even pickup trucks. You’ll often see them described as “people movers” and “family haulers.” What they won’t be called—not officially anyway—are “minivans.”
Every year around this time, retailers go into fire sale mode when certain clothes and toys haven’t sold as expected. Automakers basically do the same thing, only with discounts on a much larger scale. Facing an oversupply of 2012 pickups unsold on dealership lots, GM is knocking prices down by as much as $9,000.
Ford’s F series truck, America’s best-selling vehicle for three decades running, has been successful largely because of its reputation for strength and durability. As the ads have said over and over, the truck is famously built …