Got kids? Get a Honda. The Honda Odyssey and Honda Accord were recently named U.S. News and World Reports Best Minivan and Best Midsize Sedan for families. The annual award for Best Car for Families in a particular segment analyzes the professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume, and the availability of family-friendly features in 129 new cars, SUVs, and minivans. The vehicle with the highest composite score in its segment is awarded that segment’s Best Car for Families.
The Honda Odyssey beat out the Chrysler Pacifica and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to take home the award for Best Minivan for Families, while the Honda Accord beat out the Toyota Camry and the Toyota Camry Hybrid. This marks the ninth year in a row the Honda Odyssey has won its Best Car title and makes Honda the winningest brand with 26 total vehicle awards, ten more than the next closest brand.
Let’s take a look at what makes these two Hondas two of 2019’s best vehicles for families.
Included in the Honda Odyssey is a special telematic feature that sends alert messages to your phone if it is driven past a certain time of night, above a certain speed, or outside of a geographic area you set. This is a great feature for parents with young drivers and for parents whose caregivers use their vehicle as it provides real-time information on the vehicle’s whereabouts.
Long considered the gold standard for minivans, the 2019 Honda Odyssey includes a third-row Magic Seat that folds into the floor to create an expansive, flat cargo area.
When compared to other midsize sedans, the Honda Accord offers ample passenger space and more cargo volume—16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is .7 cubic feet more than its closest rival the Ford Fusion that clocks in at 16 cubic feet.
Both the Honda Odyssey and Honda Accord received top-notch crash test scores, earning the Top Safety Pick designation by the IIHS.
Standard safety features on Honda Odyssey and Accord models, include: side-impact and curtain airbags, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard on all models. And Honda Sensing, Honda’s suite of advanced driver assistive technologies, is standard equipment on all Honda Accord trim levels and standard on Honda Odyssey EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite trims.
Hands-Free Cargo Door
The Odyssey’s hands-free cargo door is a huge plus for families, it makes loading and unloading items infinitely easier, which is especially beneficial if one arm and hip are already dedicated to holding a child.
Stop by our Tracy Honda dealership today to test drive an award-winning Honda. Better yet, bring the whole family and get their take. With features like DVD headrest monitors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, panoramic roofs, climate control, mobile hot spot capability, and more, every member of your family is sure to find a feature in the Honda Odyssey and Honda Accord that speaks to them. Come meet with a member of our Tracy Honda sales team, take a Honda test drive, and experience why time and time again Hondas are awarded the Best Car for Families.
*View U.S. News Best Car at www.usnews.com/cars.