Cars.com priced the typical family hauler at $37,000, then asked automakers to provide models at that price that best serve a family of four. Ford would not lend an Explorer during the model-year changeover but Cars.com secured a 2012 model from a broker. The cars went through 230 miles of highway travel, a day of round-robin driving and a day of family driving. Judges were Kristin Varela, Joe Wiesenfelder and David Thomas of Cars.com, James R. Healey with USA Today, Ben Davis of the PBS "MotorWeek" broadcast and the Koch family of Hoffman Estates: Tarek, Heather (both 38), McKenna, 8, and Bryson, 5.
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