The CR-V is no stranger to Kelley Blue Book kudos, regularly earning accolades for everything from its enviable resale value to its overall excellence with the prestigious Best Buy Award. Its latest honor here — and third year in a row as a Best Family Car — is another tribute to the CR-V’s versatility and practicality.

When Small is Big

While a compact SUV may seem at odds as a hauler for families, which are in the habit of growing in size and number, the CR-V is the compact crossover with a can-do attitude. First, it makes excellent use of space. As one of the roomiest small SUVs available, this Honda’s cargo capacity must be seen to be believed. Better yet, utilize it. The CR-V’s rear hatch swallows a surprising amount of stuff, while its low load floor makes it easy when lifting bulky items.

The second row is spacious enough to accommodate a pair of child seats, two adults or a full set of pre-adolescent triplets. When not ferrying family members, the rear seats fold with the pull of a lever to nearly double cargo capacity to 70.9 cubic feet.

Enjoyable, Efficient and Safe

Thankfully, this small family car doesn’t forsake Mom or Dad. Whoever is driving will enjoy the CR-V’s excellent blend of comfort, power, efficiency and good visibility. Throw in a smattering of cubbies, storage compartments and cup holders, and you have an SUV whose name is synonymous with “practical.”

Safety is paramount for any family, and the 2016 CR-V offers numerous ways to protect passengers. Beyond standard features like a backup camera, stability and traction control and a bevy of airbags, top-line Touring trims of this compact crossover SUV come with the Honda Sensing suite that includes automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning and road-departure mitigation. The nifty LaneWatch camera system that displays what’s happening in the vehicle’s rear-right blind-spot is another valuable feature that comes on EX trim and above.

While the CR-V’s 5-passenger capacity won’t work for larger families, many others will be pleasantly surprised at just how much capability and practicality this Honda packs. The CR-V’s smaller size and lighter weight also mean easy maneuverability and a fuel economy rating of up to 33 mpg. The CR-V’s starting price of just over $24,000, meanwhile, won’t jeopardize the college savings account.

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