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Every Minivan Ranked from Worst to Best
Unexciting but oh-so-useful, minivans offer an amazing blend of practicality, efficiency, and comfort.
You might think lowly of minivans or find them to be vehicular avatars for giving up, but they’re arguably among the most useful vehicles you can buy next to a full-size pickup truck. Whether they’re hauling people or cargo, minivans do so efficiently and comfortably. Unlike many three-row crossovers and SUVs—the minivans’ number-one alternative in most customers’ minds—vans offer roomy environs for every passenger, with plenty of space left over for their stuff. And the segment continues to evolve, with minivan-makers providing ever-more interior bins and cubbies, plus clever new features such as front-to-rear-seat intercom setups, built-in vacuum cleaners, and more. Read on to see how we rate these versatile boxes (of which there aren’t many), starting with the worst and ending with the best.
Yes, your eyes are seeing this page correctly: Dodge still builds the Grand Caravan. Chrysler stopped selling the Grand Caravan’s twin, the Town & Country, in 2016, replacing it with the thoroughly modern Pacifica found later in this roundup. Dodge kept the old model, however;, which has been on sale in basically the same form since 2008. In a testament to just how down Dodge and Chrysler are with minivans, however, the aging Grand Caravan isn’t nearly as backwater in the segment as you might expect. Sure, it places last in our rankings, but only because the other vans on this list are newer and slightly more refined. They’re also way pricier. For well under $30,000, Dodge will sell you a Grand Caravan with a 283-hp V-6 powering the front wheels via a six-speed automatic, seating for seven, and Chrysler’s clever Stow ‘n Go folding second-row seats that can disappear into the floor.
Minivans tend to be boxy, and Kia’s Sedona owns it, cutting a smart profile and appearing, dare we say, snazzy. There is room for up to eight passengers inside, all of whom will appreciate the van’s smooth ride. An update for 2019 freshened the Kia inside and out, bringing a new eight-speed automatic transmission, a switch from a single optional rear video screen to dual displays mounted to the backs of the front seats, and an available wireless phone charger.
Appealing to a wide range of families, the Toyota Sienna is like the Camry of minivans. It is roomy, comfortable, and high-quality transport for you and up to seven of your friends. Toyota even offers the Sienna in sporty SE guise (pictured here), which brings an aggressive-looking front-end design, dark-finish wheels, and a body kit. Buyers can choose between front- or—a segment exclusive—all-wheel drive; every Sienna is powered by a 296-hp 3.5-liter V-6 working through an eight-speed automatic transmission. An intercom allows front-seat occupants to address the third row, and a Blu-ray entertainment display keeps the kids in line. Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite of active-safety features is standard across the line and includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking, and forward collision warning.
Quiet, comfortable, flexible, and packed with tons of modern technology, the Honda Odyssey has a formidable family-friendly legacy. All-new for 2018, the upscale-feeling Odyssey runs neck-and-neck with Chrysler’s also-excellent Pacifica. A 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 drives the front wheels through a nine-speed automatic; Touring and Elite trims get a 10-speed, an onboard vacuum cleaner, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and a digital rear-seat monitor. Automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist are standard starting on the midrange EX trim, and second-row seats are reconfigurable in all but the base LX.
Chrysler invented the modern minivan, and it flexed its know-how when resurrecting the Pacifica name for the Town & Country’s replacement in 2016. The automaker’s slick Stow ‘n Go second-row seats, which fold into large cubbies in the floor when not needed, are standard on every Pacifica save for the plug-in hybrid model, which uses that space for batteries capable of delivering up to 33 miles of gas-free driving. Regular models are powered by a 287-hp V-6 with a nine-speed automatic. With excellent road manners, attractive design inside and out, and more than 100 standard and available features including a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning, the Pacifica is tough to beat. No wonder it we’ve awarded it one of our 10Best Trucks and SUVs two years running.