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Four Hondas Land On KBB’s “Best Family Cars of 2017” List

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2017 Honda Pilot Elite

The 2017 Honda Pilot Elite

Awards season continues to be kind to Honda. The Japanese automaker managed four spots on the Kelley Blue Book list of “Best Family Cars of 2017.” The experts at found spots on their annual list for the 2017 Honda CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey.

In making the selections of best family vehicles, Kelley Blue Book editors focused on the key areas of safety, value, reputation, driving manners, comfort and convenience, cargo versatility, technology, and fit of various rear-facing and forward-facing child safety car seats.

The CR-V and HR-V both landed in the “Best 2-Row SUVs for Families” category, which was rounded out by the 2017 Subaru Outback and Kia Sportage. The totally redesigned CR-V was recognized as being the best-selling SUV in the country, while the HR-V was praised as the most affordable entry on the list.

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“For families on the smaller side or those looking for an inexpensive crossover SUV, the 2017 Honda HR-V can’t be beat,” editors wrote. “Practical, reliable, efficient and a stellar value, Honda’s subcompact crossover SUV is a big draw for young families.”

The 2017 Honda Pilot, meanwhile, joined the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, and Chevy Tahoe in the “Best 3-Row SUVs for Families” category. The Pilot, which was also’s Midsize SUV Best Buy of 2017, was praised for its “minivan-like” family-friendly features.

In the actual “Best Minivans” category, the 2017 Honda Odyssey shared space with the Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Pacifica, and Kia Sedona.

Even though it is an outgoing model, editors singled out the 2017 Odyssey as worthy of praise, writing, “there are plenty of good features that make even this senior member of the class a good buy, starting with benchmarks like a fold-into-the-floor third row, comfortable seating and surprise and delight bits like the HondaVac on-board vacuum cleaner.”

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