The best family car for today’s driving world has high-tech safety features, plenty of space, entertainment-enhancing and comfort-boosting amenities, and fuel-sipping gas mileage to help families save money at the pump.
So, where can drivers find such an ideal vehicle? Not just one but several family-friendly automobiles exist among the members of the Honda brand. Ready to meet them?
The CR-V is an ideal family vehicle for various reasons, including those listed above. In addition, the CR-V offers prime safety assets, having been named a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety** and having received the highest safety rating of 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.*** By comparison, rival vehicles like the 2016 Ford Escape and the 2016 Jeep Cherokee did not make the IIHS safety list for the 2016 model year and only received 4 stars for crashworthiness from the NHTSA.
Outstanding family-friendly amenities offered onboard the CR-V include an available power tailgate to help moms and dads with their arms full gain easy access to that impressive cargo space; a standard conversation mirror, so parents can keep a close eye on little ones riding in the backseat; an available dual-zone automatic climate control system to help end feuds over the vehicle’s interior temperature; and infotainment features like Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Pandora compatibility, available SiriusXM Radio, and available HD radio to help keep kids and teens entertained.
Accord drivers will save big at the pump with an impressive EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway (in models equipped with a CVT).*
In terms of roominess, the Accord provides seating for five and up to 103.2 cubic space of passenger volume for car occupants to stretch out in. The Accord further offers up to 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than the 2016 Toyota Camry and the 2016 Nissan Altima, which each offers only 15.4 cubic feet of trunk volume.
The Accord models have been chosen as 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designees** and have also received 5-Star Safety Ratings from the NHTSA*** for their outstanding performance in crash tests.
Ideal family features found in the Accord include child-proof door locks; the LATCH system (lower anchors and tethers for children); and standard Smart Entry in the four highest trim levels, so parents with arms full of sleeping children or groceries can unlock the doors or trunk with hands-free ease.
With seating for five passengers, the HR-V offers up to a comfortable 100.1 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo volume.
The HR-V has earned a 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA*** for its exceptional performance in crash tests. In comparison, competing vehicles like the 2016 Nissan Juke and the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport each received only 4 stars.
The HR-V’s outstanding family features include convenient standard Smart Entry in all but the base trim; passenger-assist grips in both the front and rear to help elderly or disabled family members get in and out more easily; rear-seat heater ducts to keep backseat passengers just as comfortable as those up front; and a host of prime audio features to keep passengers young and old entertained on long trips, including Bluetooth Streaming Audio, MP3 and Windows Media Audio playback capability, available HD radio, available SiriusXM Radio, and Pandora capability (offered standard in all but the base trim).
The Odyssey offers gas mileage that is more like that of a car than a minivan, delivering an EPA-estimated 19 city mpg and 28 highway mpg,* which defeats rivals like the 2016 Kia Sedona, which provides just up to 18 city mpg and up to 25 highway mpg, and the 2016 Toyota Sienna, which also achieves only 18 city mpg and 25 highway mpg.
The Odyssey additionally excels in terms of roominess, providing seating for up to eight passengers and up to an incredible 172.6 cubic feet of passenger volume. Cargo volume onboard the Odyssey is also off the charts with 148.5 cubic feet when the rear seats are lowered.
In terms of safety, the Odyssey is a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick***** and has earned a 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA*** for its exemplary performance in crash tests.
Among the many outstanding family-friendly features found in the Odyssey, drivers and passengers will enjoy an available Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System to keep kids entertained; available HondaVAC built-in vacuum cleaner for quick post-trip cleanup of messes and spills; passenger-assist grips to help older or disabled loved ones get in and out more easily; and a conversation mirror that allows parents to monitor children sitting in the rear seats.
Spaciousness is a big highlight onboard the Pilot, which provides seating for up to eight, up to 153.1 cubic feet of passenger volume, and up to 109.0 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Pilot also has safety dialed in, with a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS** and a 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA.*** In contrast, rival vehicles like the 2016 Ford Explorer and the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee were not listed on the IIHS safety list for the 2016 model year.
Some of the ideal family amenities offered onboard the Pilot include an available rear entertainment system with available Blu-ray capability; up to 15 beverage holders so every passenger—child and adult alike—has a convenient place to set drinks, adding up to fewer arguments and fewer spills; a conversation mirror to help drivers keep an eye on children seated in back; and an available tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration to help achieve an optimum level of comfort for everybody onboard—not just those riding up front.
The Civic’s spaciousness of up to 97.8 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space deftly defeats that of many rival vehicles, such as the 2016 Ford Focus Sedan, which features just 90.0 cubic feet of passenger volume and 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, and the 2016 Toyota Corolla, which offers only up to 97.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and 13.0 cubic feet of trunk space.
The Civic has achieved some of the highest available safety ratings in the industry, boasting a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS** and a 5-Star Safety Rating in every NHTSA crash test category.***
Family-friendly amenities offered in the Civic include the LATCH system (lower anchors and tethers for children); standard Smart Entry in all but the base trim; rear-seat heater ducts to keep kids and other family members warm in the back seat; an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System to help drivers safely find their destinations—even when boisterous children are onboard; and cutting-edge driver-assist features that include an available Lane Keeping Assist System, available Adaptive Cruise Control, and Honda LaneWatch (offered standard in all but the base trim) to boost safety.