Suburban Dad

Suburban Dad: Taking My Daughter to College in a 2012 Nissan Quest

By Patrick Olsen on September 3, 2012

It's a rite of passage for many families: driving your kid off to college. For our daughter, this meant a 1,500-mile trip from the Chicago suburbs to upstate New York. Assisting us on this trip w... Read More
Living with MyFord Touch on a 3,500-Mile Road Trip

By Patrick Olsen on August 22, 2012

Ask Ford's reps about MyFord Touch and they say if you live with the system, you'll love it. They say that 80% of Ford owners with the system would recommend it to others. My family and I lived ... Read More
A 3,445-Mile Road Trip in the 2013 Ford Flex

By Patrick Olsen on August 21, 2012

It was an ambitious roadmap for a summer vacation: Go from Chicago to the Twin Cities, across Minnesota and through Bismarck, N.D., down to Rapid City, S.D., to see Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Hor... Read More
Suburban Dad: 2011 Chevy Traverse vs. 2010 Ford Flex

By Suburban Dad on October 8, 2010

If you’re a family on a budget (and mine certainly is), you might think a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Ford Flex is too much three-row crossover for you. As you might have read, I drove a fully l... Read More
2011 Kia Sorento: Suburban Dad

By Suburban Dad on October 6, 2010

Compared with the previous generation, I fell in love with the redesigned 2011 Kia Sorento. I thought its predecessor looked great — very trucklike — but it was kind of gutless. The new model does... Read More
Suburban Dad: 2010 Ford Flex EcoBoost Gas Mileage

By Suburban Dad on July 14, 2010

The Flex performed pretty well on our cross country move, given that we had two adults and a car full of cargo. Its EPA rating is 16/22 mpg city/highway. The 2011 Flex EcoBoost is rated at 16/21... Read More
Suburban Dad: 2010 Ford Flex vs. 2008 Ford Flex

By Suburban Dad on July 13, 2010

The biggest difference between the Flex I drove cross-country in 2008 and the one in 2010 is the optional EcoBoost engine. While I didn’t find the Flex to be a laggard in ’08, the added power... Read More
Suburban Dad: The Great Drive Midwest

By Suburban Dad on July 12, 2010

This summer I didn’t pack up the family for a cross-country, multiple test-car excursion. If you don’t recall my past summer cross-country excursions with family in tow — I’m still trying to fo... Read More
Suburban Dad: 2010 Mazda3 vs. 2002 Mazda Protege

By Suburban Dad on June 11, 2010

While the new Mazda3 has lots of advantages over my own ’02 Protegé, there are just enough changes for the worse that I wouldn’t pick that car today if I were looking for a second car for my fam... Read More
Does Today's Dad Need More Power?

By Suburban Dad on September 25, 2009

Over the last few weeks, I was able to get into two crossovers with upgraded engines. While both offered more horsepower, I wasn’t completely floored by either, and it begs the question of wheth... Read More