Honda Accord and Odyssey Named in ‘10 Best Family Cars of 2018’

June 18th, 2018 by

Father and son with 2018 Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Accord and 2018 Honda Odyssey have been recognized as two of the “10 Best Family Cars of 2018” by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com1. The 10 finalists were selected from 300 contenders based on family-minded features such as safety ratings and car seat installation. Other considerations included driving dynamics, comfort, price, and fuel efficiency. The awards are a testament to Honda’s ability to unite form and function with practical vehicles that are also stylish and innovative.

2018 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord received a complete redesign for 2018, with generous updates cementing its status as a family favorite. The combination of a sleek new look, increased interior space, and a rich feature set make it a great choice for families. “The ride is more comfy, too, with back support in the front seats. Spray-foam insulation throughout the interior helps keep out external noise, making it easier to have a conversation with passengers,” remarks Parents. “Backseat passengers also have a bit more space.” The Accord is packed with technology to keep families safe, informed, and comfortable. Advanced Honda Sensing active safety and driver-assistive features such as Collision Mitigation Braking System2, Road Departure Mitigation System3, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow4, and Lane Keeping Assist System5 are standard on all Accord trims. The Accord also offers standard dual-zone automatic climate control, and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines6. Plus, the Accord offers agile driving dynamics and turbo engines available in 1.5- and 2.0-liter varieties.

2018 Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey was redesigned for 2018 with families in mind, with innovative touches making everyday trips easier and more efficient. “The rear-row head restraints are adjustable in several ways, making car seats easier to install,” says Abbie Patterson, certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. EX and above trim levels offer Magic Slide 2nd-row seats, which allow the seats to be pushed apart to give passengers more personal space, or pushed together to allow easier access to the 3rd row. Parents of young children will appreciate the inclusion of the CabinTalk in-car PA system on EX-L Navi/RES trims and above, as well as the industry-first CabinWatch rear seat monitor on Touring and Elite trims. CabinWatch transmits a live video feed of the rear rows to the infotainment display in the front row, which can help parents more safely keep tabs on what’s happening behind them. Plus, the Odyssey doesn’t compromise on power or handling just because it’s a minivan. Its engine is 15 percent more powerful than the one in the previous generation; “…it won’t feel sluggish if you need to quickly merge onto the highway,” says Brent Romans, editor at Edmunds.

For more information about the “10 Best Family Cars of 2018,” visit the Parents magazine article. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our current inventory of Honda Accord models or Honda Odyssey models, then visit us at Rairdon’s Honda of Burien for a vehicle demonstration. Our friendly, knowledgeable sales professionals are ready to help find the perfect Honda model for you.

1) To determine winners of its Best Family Cars awards, Parents magazine and Edmunds chose the winners from among 300 vehicles by considering safety ratings, car seat installation and other family-friendly features, as well as overall vehicle attributes such as driving dynamics, comfort, price and fuel efficiency.

2) CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

3) Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

4) ACC with Low-Speed Follow cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed, and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather, or on winding roads. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

5) LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

6) Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rearview camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle.