If your new family needs a new family vehicle, and you don’t want to break the bank, the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V might be the perfect starter SUV for you to consider. Well-equipped at every level, this subcompact starts around $20,000, and you’ll have to work pretty hard to get it up over $25,000. Plus, there’s really no need unless you’re absolutely addicted to leather.

Honda answers the small family SUV call

All things being equal (which they’re not), we’d probably end up recommending a used Honda CR-V -- for the added size and power alone -- to a young family with $20,000-$25,000 worth of purchasing power. That said, many folks want a new vehicle. Heck, we want a new vehicle, and in the subcompact SUV arena, you won’t find much that’s newer -- or better -- than the Honda HR-V.

With the HR-V, you get to ride higher than in a passenger car, you get to haul a lot of your kids’ stuff around with you, you get surprisingly roomy 2nd-row seating, and you get a Honda. All good things. Plus, there’s the availability of all-wheel drive and one of the smoothest continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVT) we’ve ever seen (a 6-speed manual transmission is also available). That CVT automatic does a really good job of helping the HR-V’s 141-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine get to work at low and medium speeds -- and achieve 35 mpg on the highway.

The essence of the new HR-V is that it serves a small family best in the city. The view out is easy so you always know what’s going on around you, and the subcompact SUV is a cinch to park in tight spaces.

So what else is new?

With the 2016 HR-V, Honda has done a terrific job of making a small SUV look clean from the outside and welcoming on the inside. The interior materials and touchpoints convey a more upscale sense than you might expect, and the design is strong and modern.

Finally, have you ever noticed that the car pulled over on the shoulder is never a Honda? Well, the company’s reputation for building quality, reliability and a good, long lifespan -- as well as strong resale value -- into its vehicles is exactly what every new family needs.

More Honda HR-V

Build and price your own 2016 Honda HR-V, and read our in-depth review of Honda’s all-new subcompact SUV to delve deeper into the HR-V’s value and flexibility as a family car. And be sure to check out our Compact SUV Buyer’s Guide to see what other choices await you.

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