15 Best Family Cars of 2015

Families come in all sizes, and so do the cars that can shuttle them with exceptional practicality. For smaller households and buyers on a budget, the 2015 Honda Civic happily obliges.

While it's obvious that you won't be fitting a clan of eight in a Civic, Honda's venerable 5-passenger compact sedan is a viable family car all the same. And the attributes that make the Civic shine in general become all the more meaningful for busy families.

Easy to Drive, a Cinch to Park

If you've ever been frustrated trying to maneuver a large vehicle in a parking lot, the Honda's size will feel utterly refreshing. The Civic's tidy dimensions make it a cinch to slip into tight spots, yet the interior itself doesn't feel cramped. Meanwhile, safety features like a standard rearview camera and the available LaneWatch side-view camera system add an extra helping of confidence. On the road, "the Honda Civic isn't unique in that it tries to be all things to all buyers. However, the fact that it comes so close to achieving that goal is pretty remarkable," we note in our full review of the 2015 Civic.

Low-cost Ownership and Operation

In addition to being easy to operate, the Civic is highly efficient, with highway fuel economy rated up to 41 mpg. For families desiring to spend even less money and time at the gas station, the Civic Hybrid is good for up to 47 mpg, while the natural gas version is an appealing alternative that can grant single-occupant access to carpool lanes thanks to its lower emissions.

Last but certainly not least is the low cost of ownership associated with every Honda Civic. With a sub-$20,000 starting price, the Civic enables young families to get into a new car yet still afford to save for college tuition. And given the Civic's track record of reliability, it will likely still be ticking when the kid is ready for university.

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