Top Boxes: Every Minivan Ranked from Worst to Best

It’s a running joke in the Car and Driver offices that, were logic the sole factor in vehicle purchases, manufacturers would only need to offer maybe four or five types of vehicles, say, a compact hatchback, a pickup truck, a mid-size station wagon, a large SUV, and, yes, a minivan. These cars would suit the needs of the vast majority of the population in terms of frugality or hauling people and/or cargo most of the time, and all the ego-driven sporty vehicles and supercars would be cast aside. ---Yet there’s some truth there, especially regarding the minivan. Whereas many drivers see the purchase of a minivan as a sign of giving up, of sacrificing fun on the altar of practicality, there’s still plenty of goodness to be found in the segment. While none are truly fun to drive in the mold of a sports sedan, some offer decent dynamics to go with the incredibly clever features for which the species is now known, including bins galore, built-in vacuum cleaners, and much more. Read on to see how we rate these versatile boxes.If a no-nonsense family hauler is what you’re after, there are few options better than the Grand Caravan. It skips most of the luxuries of the just-launched Chrysler Pacifica, with which it shares a showroom, in favor of a simpler, budget-minded approach.A 283-hp 3.6-liter V-6 powers the front wheels through a six-speed automatic. The roomy cabin seats seven and has Chrysler’s clever Stow ’n Go folding second row of seats; well-weighted steering inspires confidence and even adds a little fun. REVIEWS, PRICING, MORE ››Snazzy, sporty, and striking aren’t words you associate with minivans—but the ambitious folks at Kia have managed to bake a little of each into the Sedona. With room for eight, storage for family necessities, and a long list of standard and optional safety features, the Sedona is a compelling choice for value-minded shoppers.Powered by a 276-hp V-6 with a six-speed transmission and boasting a smooth ride, the Sedona also injects a little fun into daily kid-ferrying duties. REVIEWS, PRICING, MORE ››It’s the Camry of minivans: The Sienna appeals to a wide range of families looking for roomy, comfortable, and high-quality transport—and it succeeds. A 296-hp 3.5-liter V-6 paired to an eight-speed automatic drives the front or—in a segment exclusive—all four wheels, a bonus when the weather turns nasty.An intercom allows front-seat occupants to address the third row, and a Blu-Ray entertainment display keeps the kids in line. Unfortunately, amusement isn’t on the menu for enthusiasts. REVIEWS, PRICING, MORE ››Quiet, comfortable, flexible, and packed with tons of modern technology, the Honda Odyssey has a formidable family-friendly legacy. 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. REVIEWS, PRICING, MORE ››The Pacifica arrives to reclaim Chrysler’s minivan throne—and a 2018 10Best award. As a family hauler, safety is key: there are more than 100 standard and available features including a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision alert.Stow ’n Go seats are standard; the top model has a built-in vacuum. There’s a 287-hp V-6 with a nine-speed automatic—we saw 31 mpg in our highway testing—and a plug-in hybrid (a minivan exclusive) with an EPA-rated 84 MPGe combined. REVIEWS, PRICING, MORE ››

 

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