As your family grows, you will find yourself needing a vehicle large enough to transport your children and all of the gear required for clubs and sports. That leaves most buyers with two choices: buy an SUV or a minivan. The fuel economy of an SUV can be atrocious, and many consumers perceive minivans as being very basic vehicles, making a choice difficult. What if there was another choice? What if you could have luxury and decent fuel economy in one package? Enter the luxury minivan.
The Nissan Quest is often overshadowed by its better-known competitors from Honda and Toyota, but it is; nonetheless, a great option for knowledgeable buyers. The Nissan Quest offers styling that will allow you to stand out in a crowd of minivans and has earned top safety marks from the NHTSA and the IIHS. A 2016 Nissan Quest can be equipped with an extensive list of features that include: blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry, push-button ignition, power-sliding rear doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, xenon headlights, a blind-spot warning system, a 360-degree top-down camera system with moving-object detection, fold-flat third row seats with power return, and a rear DVD system with an eleven inch monitor. These great features are capped off with fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway. Unfortunately, 2016 was the final model year of the Nissan Quest, but many units are still available on dealer's lots. A 2016 Nissan Quest retailed between $28,765 and $37,075 depending on the trim level and options chosen; however, many dealers are offering price breaks as we advance deeper into 2017.
Toyota introduced the Sienna for the 1998 model year, making it one of the oldest minivans around. Luckily, a steady stream of updates and improvements make the 2017 Toyota Sienna a great option for many buyers. Chief among the features that help the Sienna stand out is that it is the only minivan in the North American market that can be equipped with all-wheel drive(AWD). Depending on the trim level, the 2017 Toyota Sienna can be equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, power-sliding rear doors, a power liftgate, the Driver Easy Speak system that carries the driver's voice through the rear speakers, xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, and a forward collision warning system. A 2017 Toyota Sienna equipped with front-wheel drive, and can achieve 27 mpg on the highway; however, opting for AWD will lower that to 24 mpg. A 2017 Toyota Sienna retails between $29,750 and $46,350 depending on the trim level and options that you add.
The Kia Sedona has become a great alternative to the luxury minivans from Honda and Toyota. The Sedona offers a lower price and a higher feature content. The Sedona scores bonus points for its quick acceleration and exceptionally quiet ride. Among the equipment you can find in a 2017 Kia Sedona are automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive xenon headlights, an acoustically insulated windshield, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, a lane departure warning system, and a surround-view camera system. The 2017 Sedona is capable of 24 mpg on the highway and received top safety ratings from the NHTSA and the IIHS. A Kia Sedona ranges between $34,500 and $41,900, depending on the options and trim level selected.
The Honda Odyssey is one of the top-selling luxury minivans in North America. The Odyssey offers great styling, a strong engine line-up, and is backed by the legendary durability of the Honda name. The Odyssey can be equipped with an advanced navigation system, a rear-seat entertainment system, parking sensors, a lane departure warning system, and blind spot monitoring. The Honda Odyssey has earned 5-Stars from the NHTSA and a Good rating from the IIHS. On top of its excellent safety ratings, the Odyssey is capable of 25 mpg on the highway. Depending on the trim level and options you choose, a Honda Odyssey can cost between $29,275 to $44,750.
Why Buy a Luxury Minivan?
Many of the top rated minivans are ripe with the same luxuries and technology that you will find in the highest priced SUVs, but for quite a bit less money. There are many advantages to owning a luxury minivan. First and foremost, today's minivans have earned the highest ratings from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration(NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS) to help guarantee the safety of your children during a trip. Second, a minivan can offer seating for up to eight passengers. Lastly, a minivan offers a more car-like driving experience than an SUV, making one easier to drive in congested traffic and to maneuver in crowded parking areas. With all of those advantages in mind, let's have a look at the five top rated luxury minivans.
The Chrysler Pacifica van replaces the outdated Town and Country minivan. The Pacifica offers great styling and many of the interior comfort and tech features that you will find in Chrysler's best luxury cars. Among the features that you can find in the Pacifica are a dual-screen rear entertainment system, automatic emergency braking, a built-in vacuum cleaner, and an automated parallel and perpendicular parking system. The Pacifica received the NHTSA's top rating of 5-Stars and the IIHS's top rating of Good in all categories. As a bonus, the Pacifica is capable of 28 mpg on the highway. The Chrysler Pacifica ranges from $28,595 to $37,895, depending on the trim level you select and the features you opt to have.