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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Best Values in Family Cars, 2014

By Jessica L. Anderson






JewishWorldReview.com | The words "safety first" may seem cliched, but safety is the top factor we consider when we compile our list of family-friendly vehicles.

Our picks must get high scores in our annual rankings for overall value, performance and safety, plus they must earn a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Because six airbags, stability control and traction control are standard features on most vehicles now, we're raising the bar on safety equipment for our winners. They also have to offer either a forward-collision warning system or a rearview camera as standard or optional equipment.

Our selections range from sedans to crossovers with a nod to traditional family haulers, such as minivans and wagons. We list the entry-level trim so you have an idea of what it costs to get the model, and you can add options from there.

Honda Accord

Sticker price: $22,745 (LX, manual)
Invoice price: $20,890
Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $20,663
Resale value: 3-year: 59%; 5-year: 45%
MPG: City: 24; Hwy: 34

A Best New Model winner in 2013 (and winner of Best in Class four of the past six years), the Accord boasts stellar resale values, a roomy interior and a standard rearview camera. Standard features also include Pandora Internet radio, SMS text messaging and 16 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. Step up to the EX and you'll get Honda's innovative LaneWatch system, which shows a camera view of the passenger-side blind spot, to make highway exits a snap. Lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning are standard on EX-L trims.

Kia Optima

Sticker price: $22,300 (LX)
Invoice price: $21,379
Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $20,939
Resale value: 3-year: 48%; 5-year: 35%
MPG: City: 23; Hwy: 34

The Optima offers a superior blend of power and fuel efficiency, whether you pick the 192-horsepower base engine or the 274-horse turbocharged model, which gets extra kudos for having some of the highest resale values in its class. The Optima has a rearview camera that's available as an option on every trim level, and its trunk has 15 cubic feet of cargo space.

Ford Fusion

Sticker price: $22,795 (S)
Invoice price: $21,313
Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $21,254
Resale value: 3-year: 52%; 5-year: 39%
MPG: City: 22; Hwy: 34

Winner of a Best in Class award in our 2014 rankings, Ford's midsize sedan has sporty driving dynamics, a spacious interior and 16 cubic feet of cargo space. A collision-warning system is available on most models, and other options include rear inflatable seat belts (designed to soften the impact of a crash by spreading it over a larger portion of the torso), lane-departure warning with a "lane keeping" system, blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert (which warns you of approaching vehicles as you're backing up), and automatic high beams. TDI

Volkswagen Passat

Sticker price: $27,495 (SE, manual)
Invoice price: $26,402
Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $24,943
Resale value: 3-year: 50%; 5-year: 35%
MPG: City: 31; Hwy: 43

As the only diesel option among our top values in family sedans, the Passat enjoys the best mileage of the bunch. With the standard manual transmission, you can travel almost 800 miles on a single tank (automatic transmission is available, but mileage drops to 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway). Every TDI comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and a rearview camera.

Honda Odyssey

Sticker price: $29,655 (LX)
Invoice price: $27,196
Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $26,615
Resale value: 3-year: 53%; 5-year: 37%
MPG: City: 19; Hwy: 28

Our Best in Class minivan also gets the best fuel economy in its class. The Odyssey has the most cargo space (93 cubic feet behind the second row with the third-row seats folded flat) and a standard rearview camera. It's the only Top Safety Pick in the minivan brood, and it has an available collision-warning system. Spring for the top-of-the-line Touring Elite model ($45,280) and you get an integrated vacuum cleaner for taking care of messes on the go.

Subaru Outback

Sticker price: $24,320 (2.5i, manual)
Invoice price: $22,948
Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $22,330
Resale value: 3-year: 57%; 5-year: 41%
MPG: City: 22; Hwy: 29

Standard all-wheel drive makes the Outback wagon a perennial pick for adventurous families. It's grown taller over the years, giving you more ground clearance than most wagons. For 2014, the Outback builds on its reputation for reliability and roominess (it has 34 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row) and ups its game with enhanced features. For example, the all-weather package of heated seats and mirrors and windshield-wiper de-icer is now standard equipment. EyeSight, which incorporates adaptive cruise control (to automatically slow down if you get too close to the vehicle in front of you), pre-collision braking and lane-departure warning, is now available on all but the base models, as is a rearview camera.

Mazda CX-5

Sticker price: $22,225 (Sport, manual)
Invoice price: $21,614
Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $21,173
Resale value: 3-year: 53%; 5-year: 35%
MPG: City: 26; Hwy: 35

With the drivability of a sporty sedan and 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, the Mazda CX-5 is ideal for families with a couple of kids. Choices abound. Pick the base 2.0-liter engine (with 155 hp) or the new 2.5-liter (184 hp), and front- or all-wheel drive. Adaptive headlights and low-speed forward-collision warning are optional. The CX-5 won Best in Class for Small Crossovers in our 2014 car rankings.


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Subaru Forester

Sticker price: $22,820 (2.5i, manual)
Invoice price: $21,636
Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $21,313
Resale value: 3-year: 63%; 5-year: 43%
MPG: City: 22; Hwy: 29

Redesigned for 2014, the all-wheel-drive Forester won Best New Small Crossover. The new generation of the compact crossover is slightly larger than the previous model, giving it more legroom and a bump up in cargo space--34 cubic feet behind the second row. New features include anti-whiplash front seats, a driver's knee airbag and an optional collision-warning system.

Toyota Highlander

Sticker price: $30,075 (LE, 4 cylinder)
Invoice price: $27,533
Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $28,733
Resale value: 3-year: 64%; 5-year: 47%
MPG: City: 20; Hwy: 25

Toyota's Highlander is all new for 2014. It's available with a four- or six-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive, or with a six-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive (starting at $32,705), and mileage is similar for all three. Seating for eight is standard (second-row captain's chairs are an option), as is a rearview camera and eight airbags. A collision-warning system and a lane-departure alert are optional. You get 42 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row with the third row folded flat.

Acura MDX

Sticker price: $43,185
Invoice price: $40,081
Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $40,965
Resale value: 3-year: 55%; 5-year: 39%
MPG: City: 20; Hwy: 28

A redesign makes Acura's cushy crossover even more family-friendly this year. Fuel economy is improved, thanks to a new powertrain and the first front-wheel-drive model in the vehicle's lineup. LED lighting graces the MDX inside and out, acoustic glass keeps the cabin quiet, and a sliding second row of seats makes passenger space customizable, plus provides easy access to the third row. The MDX boasts more standard features than before, and it's safe, too; a rearview camera is standard, and options include forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.

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Jessica L. Anderson is Associate Editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance.



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