Top 5 Minivans to Buy


Minivans are still popular among people with big families. Their hauling capabilities for passengers and cargo are beyond compare. They have room for seven or eight people. Furthermore, they have loads of conveniences and technology to keep passengers happy and can be very affordable. They even get fairly decent mileage. Here are the answers to questions you might have about which minivans are good to buy.

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Is the Grand Caravan a decent minivan for a family of six?

The Dodge Grand Caravan is not a very good minivan, but it is the least expensive and has room for seven. The main problem with the Grand Caravan is that it hasn't had a major update in ten years. It is extremely outdated in pretty much every way. It does have Stow 'n Go seats that make it easy to utilize the 140.3 cubic feet of cargo space, though. It also has cargo bins under the seats for storage that can be used with the seats in place. The infotainment system is a Uconnect system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen. A back-seat system to entertain passengers is an available option. The Grand Caravan is fuel efficient. It gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Safety features on the base trim are limited to a rearview camera. An upgrade to the top model, the GT, will be necessary to get the $1,400 optional Safety Sphere Group. It includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and rear parking sensors. There are four trims available with suggested MSRP's ranging from $28,695 to $34,395.

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Is there room for eight in the Kia Sedona?

The Sedona has room for seven or eight, depending on the seating configuration. There's a removable center seat in the second row of seats. The Sedona is considered a good minivan with plenty of room for passengers, although it doesn't have as much cargo room as others on the list. It only has a total of 142 cubic feet. The Sedona has Slide-N-Stow second-row seating, too, making it much easier to utilize the space. The Sedona gets 17 to 18 mpg in the city and 22 to 25 mpg on the highway. It is one of the most affordable minivans, though, with suggested MSRP of $27,000 to $42,000. The infotainment system includes a 5-, 7- or 8-inch touchscreen, depending on the trim level. Even the base trim gets a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio and a rearview camera. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in the higher trims. Hi-tech safety features like forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are available for higher trim levels.

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Is the Toyota Sienna a front-wheel-drive minivan?

Front-wheel drive is standard on the Toyota Sienna; however, all-wheel drive is available. In fact, the Sienna is the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. It also happens to be one of the top five 2018 minivans to buy. Other vans like the Pacifica and Odyssey are slightly better vans, but the Sienna is still a very good van. It is slightly more expensive. Suggested MSRP ranges from $30,850 to $48,715. AWD Sienna models have room for seven while FWD models have room for eight. This minivan gets 18 to 19 mpg in the city and 24 to 27 mpg on the highway. It has a total of 150 cubic feet of available cargo space. Toyota made lots of improvements to the Sienna for 2018. The standard infotainment system now includes a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation, smartphone connectivity and five USB ports. Toyota's Safety Sense P active-assist safety system is also standard. It includes lane keep assist, a pre-collision system that detects pedestrians, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control.

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Is the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid a good hybrid van to buy?

Yes, in fact, U.S. News and World Report considers it the best hybrid available and it was given Car and Driver's 10Best and Editors' Choice awards. It is extremely fuel efficient. With a fully-charged battery, the van will go 33 miles on battery power alone. That works out to 84 mpge. This van is fuel efficient even when driving with the gas engine alone, though, getting a combined 32 mpg. It takes 14 hours to fully charge the batteries with a 120-volt outlet. The Pacifica has a total of 140.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The second row of seats in the gas-powered Pacifica folds flat. It doesn't fold flat in the hybrid because of the space used up by the batteries. There are three available Pacifica hybrid trims that range in price from $39,995 to $44,995. The base trim, the Touring Plus, is the best deal. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and rear parking sensors. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, front parking sensors, automatic emergency braking and active park assist come standard on the Limited model. The Uconnect infotainment system comes standard in the Pacifica. It includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio.

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Is there room for eight people in the Honda Odyssey?

Yes, there is room for up to eight people in the 2018 Honda Odyssey. This is such a great van that U.S. News & World Report dubbed it the #1 van for 2018 and it has been given Car and Driver's Editors' Choice award. It was given a complete overhaul for this year. Changes include a more powerful engine, more cargo room, new hi-tech infotainment and safety features and stain-resistant upholstery. The one big drawback is that the second row of seats doesn't fold flat. They have to be removed to utilize the full 158 cubic feet of cargo space. There are 92 cubic feet of room behind the back seats, though. In spite of the more powerful 280-hp 3.5-L V6 engine, the Odyssey gets 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The infotainment system includes a 5-inch display, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity with hands-free text messaging capabilities and a seven-speaker audio system. Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a back-seat Blu-ray system, navigation system, wireless phone charger and a moonroof are available options. There are six trims available with prices ranging from $29,990 to $46,770. The EX trim is the best deal. MSRP is $33,960, and it comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a good selection of active-assist safety features.

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