15 Best Family Cars of 2015

As a winner last year, it's no surprise that the 2015 Honda Odyssey finds itself once again on our list of the Best Family Cars. It goes beyond just being a minivan, of course. There a lot of minivans out there, all with sliding doors, seating for a big family, and plenty of cargo space, but few do it in a package as well thought out as the 2015 Honda Odyssey.

Take the seats, for example. There are eight of them in all Odyssey models save the least expensive LX. Furthermore, they offer unmatched seating flexibility. You can put three child booster seats in the second row thanks to a Wide Mode that lets you separate the outboard seats a little. You can also add two more LATCH-enabled seats in the third row, meaning a total of five boosters with LATCH can be used simultaneously, although getting to the rear seat is impossible with boosters in the second row. Beyond that, there's a wide-screen rear-seat entertainment system with Dolby 5.1 Surround and HDMI inputs, Honda's LaneWatch side-view camera, and an available built-in vacuum cleaner.

But even if you ignore the available accessories, the Honda Odyssey simply nails it when it comes to everyday ease of use. The seats are all comfortable and easy to access, and the third row is unmatched. There's also a ton of cargo space behind that third row, and the cargo well isn't filled with seat hardware waiting to snag bags or get crusted with spilled snacks. The 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine isn't the most powerful in its class, but we never asked for more power, and with its 6-speed automatic transmission, the Odyssey delivers best-in-class highway fuel economy. Maybe best of all, the Odyssey drives small, with good steering and suspension belying the vehicle's overall size.

While we wish for a quieter ride on the road, and for more attractive styling, there's nothing about the 2015 Honda Odyssey that's a deal killer. At every price point, the Honda Odyssey may be the best family car you can buy.

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