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Minivan Buyer's Guide

By Jason Allan on December 12, 2014 11:03 AM
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Toyota SiennaHonda OdysseyKia SedonaDodge Grand CaravanChrysler Town & CountryNissan Quest

The Best Family Cars Money Can Buy

There are plenty of great family cars out there, but none offer anything close to the purpose-built practicality of the minivan. The sliding doors, easy-access third-row seat, robust rear-seat entertainment options and more cup holders than seatbelts combine in a package that makes loading and unloading easier, while making the drive more enjoyable for all.

Keep reading to get up to speed on the segment, then explore your six minivan options below.

What's New? What's Next?

The Kia Sedona is all-new for 2015 and the 2015 Toyota Sienna boasts a revised interior, improved driving dynamics and more. 

12 Best Family Cars

The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna both made our list of 12 Best Family Cars of 2014, but they're not the only 3-row options on the list.

Key Features

Chilled compartments to keep drinks cold, Blu-ray players, ultra-widescreen monitors that can display two movies side-by-side, power outlets and HDMI ports to connect video game consoles are some of the cool features that distinguish today's minivans.

Value Standouts

The Toyota Sienna took home our most recent Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award in the minivan category, while the Dodge Grand Caravan is the category's reigning 5-Year Cost to Own Award champ.

  • Chrysler Town & Country
    2015 Chrysler Town & Country
  • Dodge Grand Caravan
    2015 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Honda Odyssey
    2015 Honda Odyssey
  • Kia Sedona
    2015 Kia Sedona
  • Nissan Quest
    2014 Nissan Quest
  • Toyota Sienna
    2015 Toyota Sienna

Minivan Alternatives

Families that need three rows but don't want a minivan often end up in a midsize SUV. For still more options, our most recent list of 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles includes one entry that starts under $21,000.


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