Honda fit is great for small families!
2010 Honda Fit Base Electric
My Honda fit gets good gas mileage, and is very reliable. I haven't had major problems for expensive fixes. It has decent get-up-and-go (for acceleration / going uphill) but it's not amazing. It's automatic but has no cruise control. There's also no convenient place to put my phone. The seats adjust well for me as a short driver. My hatchback lock broke (the only problem I've experienced) and is too expensive to replace. It's a hassle now but I loved the hatchback before. The car is small but can hold a surprising amount of stuff.