In a world where the average transaction price of a new car is more than $30,000, it’s good to meet a small -- but roomy enough -- sedan that a family can buy new for well under that. At its base level, the new-for-2016 Honda Civic starts under $20,000, and even at that stage, the list of standard equipment is generous. A backup camera, Bluetooth, cruise control, and automatic climate control are among the benefits included in every 2016 Civic sedan. Quality, reliability and excellent resale value have always been big parts of the Civic's value equation. Now that it offers even more and better features, Honda's compact car has pulled further ahead of the pack.

The first rule for being a great family car: Be a great car.

The all-new Civic sedan is about to start winning all sorts of comparison tests. From the outside, it looks fresh from about any angle. The interior plays for the same contemporary school as the exterior, and uses space smartly. The rear seats are surprisingly roomy, though you’ll give up some baby-seat convenience due to the Honda’s compact-car dimensions. And at 15.1 cubic inches, the Civic’s trunk will hold plenty of your family’s cargo.

For the sake of driving, we’d recommend spending the $23,000 it’ll take to own a Civic EX-T. That model features a 174-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). While the 2.0-liter four in less expensive Civics is a perfectly serviceable powerplant, there is an elegance to the way the 1.5 works with Honda’s superb CVT adding ease and “aaah” back into acceleration and passing in the small car. You get full EPA fuel-economy bragging rights with the more powerful 1.5-liter 4-cylinder as well: 31 mpg city/42 mpg highway.

Want more safety? Here it is.

Moving into the front row of compact car safety, Honda offers the $1,000 “Honda Sensing” package at every trim level for the new Civic. Buy it. Honda Sensing includes an enlightened suite of safety/convenience features that are rare -- almost non-existent -- in compact cars. These features include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and frontal crash warning system.

Peace of mind is another standard feature that comes with every Civic. Honda’s essential game plan includes high quality, reliability and durability -- all of which contribute to the Civic’s popularity, and, in the long-term, its high resale value when the time comes to sell.

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Build and price your own 2016 Honda Civic sedan, and read our in-depth review to learn more about why we think that the new Civic is the best way to build a compact family sedan. To learn about more choices in the Civic’s size and price range, have a look at our Compact Car Buyer’s Guide.

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