Crossovers continue to dominate in the “mass appeal” category, but there’s something endearing, something novel even, about the family car. Growing especially popular with younger, smaller families, sedans and hatchbacks are slowly trending back upward, bringing with them old-fashioned trunks, high-end fuel economy, and coveted affordable prices. Whether you’re bringing home your first baby – congrats! – teaching your only child to drive, or raising a little brood of little-yous, it’d be a crime to overlook the family car.
But how do you choose the right car for your small family? Let our Valley Honda Dealers lend a hand! Here are the top three 2019 Honda cars that make raising kiddos a bit easier.
2019 Honda Fit – Hatchback
Returning 36 mpg (hwy) and with an MSRP just north of $16,000, the 2019 Honda Fit is one of the most affordable family hatchbacks on the market. And while the new Fit may look small, don’t let its cover fool you—there’s plenty of space inside for parents and twins. (There’s a reason it’s named “Fit.”)
Compared against competitor hatchbacks, specs for the 2019 Honda Fit put it squarely at the top. The Fit’s 95.7-cubic-foot interior beats the Toyota Yaris (85.1 cu. ft.), Ford Fiesta Hatchback (85.1 cu. ft.), and Kia Rio (89.9 cu. ft.). Additional better-than-rival specs of the Fit include 39.5 inches of front headroom, a staggering 39.3 inches of rear legroom, and 52.7 inches of max cargo volume. As far as 5-door family hatchbacks go, the new Honda Fit is the most spacious—by far.
Smaller yet nearly as versatile as the Honda HR-V or CR-V, the ’19 Fit hatchback is packed with ingenuity—and it all starts with the 2nd-Row Magic Seat. Essentially an amped-up 60/40-split rear bench, the 2nd-Row Magic Seat can be configured in four unique modes: Tall, Long, Utility, and Refresh.
- Tall Mode – Take out the headrests, fold up the seat cushions, and your Fit provides four feet of vertical space – perfect for wagons, LED TVs, and strollers.
- Long Mode – Put both the passenger-side front and rear seats down to transport longer items like foldable ladders, fenceposts or lumber.
- Utility Mode – In this mode, with all rear seats folded down, your Honda Fit opens up 52.7 cubic feet of space for bikes, loveseats, and ottomans.
- Refresh Mode – With the front seats reclined fully, the Fit makes for the ideal lunchtime napping spot.
What about safety? Like all Honda models, the new Fit LX hatch comes standard with ABS, TPMS, Daytime Running Lights, a multi-angle rearview camera, SmartVent front airbags, and easy-to-manage LATCH. The full Honda Sensing suite is also available on select Honda Fit trims with CVT; Honda Sensing includes a whole lot of safety features, such as Lane Departure Warning, a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control, to name a few. Auto High-Beam Headlights and LaneWatch are optional driver-assist features, as well. This helped the new Honda Fit earn a perfect 5-star NHTSA safety score.
While it may appear like a sporty hatchback – it is – the new Honda Fit is certainly a great fit for smaller families in need of a reliable car. Head to a Honda dealership near you to discover the magic of the 2019 Honda Fit.
2019 Honda Civic – Sedan
Available in five trims, priced below $20,000, and returning up to 36 mpg (hwy), the new Civic car is just as nice as you remember. There’s no debating that the 2019 Honda Civic remains one of the best family sedans in America, which is proven by its recent KBB 2019 Best Buy Award win and 5-star NHTSA safety grade.
When you compare the new Civic to rivals in the family car segment, Honda’s sedan stands out in a class all its own.
Cargo space in the Civic totals 15.1 cu. ft., which is significantly more than rivals like the Corolla (13 cu. ft.), VW Jetta (14.1 cu. ft.), and Chevy Cruze (14.8 cu. ft.). The 2019 Honda Civic also offers 97.8 cubic feet of cabin room, which is markedly better than competitors. Plus, the Civic has more front and rear room for heads, shoulders, knees, and toes. (If that doesn’t go hand-in-hand with the idea of “family,” we don’t know what does.)
Of the numerous reasons why it’s a top family car, the Civic’s most notable features include:
- Seating for five actual human adults
- Heated front and rear seats
- A very convenient center console with sliding cup holders and a deep storage compartment
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- An optional 174-hp turbo-4 engine
- Standard Honda Sensing (CMBS, RDM, ACC, LKAS)
- An electric parking brake (eBrake)
- Heated side-view mirrors
- Automatic dimming rearview mirror
- Navigation with Voice Recognition
- Auto LED headlights
If you’re looking for a new family car in Arizona, the Civic should clearly be at the top of your list. Request a quote or visit your nearest Valley Honda Dealers to test drive this critically acclaimed family sedan this spring.
2019 Honda Insight – Hybrid
The new Insight hybrid car ticks off all the boxes for families.
Great fuel economy? Check – the 2019 Insight returns a combined 52 mpg thanks to its two-motor hybrid system and 1.5L Atkinson 4-cylinder engine. And with the Insight’s regenerative braking and Shift-By-Wire (ECON) technology, expect to skip a few more Arizona gas stations.
Safe as all get-out? Check – the Insight has a perfect 5-star overall safety rating, made it on the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ list, and comes standard with Honda Sensing. Better yet, the Insight also offers an innovative Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, a robust LATCH system throughout the second row, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Family-friendly price? Check – as far as hybrid family cars go, the 2019 Insight is one of the most budget-friendly thanks to its $22,930 starting MSRP. Additionally, parents can rest assured that their Insight purchase is a good investment, as all new Insight hybrids come with a formidable 8-year Limited Hybrid Battery Warranty.
Impressive versatility? Check – for parents, the Insight offers a great deal of tech to help with those day-to-day tasks, including USB charging ports, remote engine start, an 8.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen, and navigation with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic. Kids in the back will appreciate integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software, the one-touch power moonroof, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and the 450W 10-speaker audio system, which makes all those Disney tunes sound that much more Disney-tastic.
As perhaps the best hybrid car for families, the 2019 Honda Insight has clearly made a name for itself, winning the Green Car of the Year award and a place on the North American Car of the Year finalist list. And it’s available for sale and lease right now at our Arizona Honda dealerships! Come check it out, and bring the whole family, too.
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