I would love to trade in my gas-guzzling Suburban for a cool, gas sipping hybrid. But I have three kids, lots of gear and now, as the roadtrip warrior, I need a car that’s comfortable for those long-haul roadtrips. And, when I’m not traveling, I need a car for running errands that I can drive easily along these narrow New England roads and park in the tiny parking spaces (when I can find a vacant one).

On my trip to southern California, Volvo provided me with a complimentary trial of a wagon/sport utility crossover, and Nissan brought me a cute little Cube and then an SUV to try.

Watch this MomTV.com video of my family trying to cram into the Volvo XC70 while comedienne Kerry Pomarolli and her little one slide in gracefully.