While it may not be our first pick, the Dodge Grand Caravan is America's best-selling minivan and can be attributed with starting the segment as a whole. That's not to say the Grand Caravan hasn't lost ground to its competitors in recent years but nevertheless, it's still the least expensive to keep running over the course of five years. It doesn't hurt that the Grand Caravan offers a wide variety of options and configurable seating, too.
Inside, the Grand Caravan sees a redesign for the latest model year but it still lacks the cutting-edge technology that main competitors like the Honda Odyssey offer. However, features like a power lift gate, alarm and a rearview camera are now standard on the R/T trim and help the Grand Caravan keep pace with the aforementioned competition. Standard features on the base Grand Caravan include 16-inch steel wheels, dual-zone climate control and Stow n' Go rear seats.
Under the hood lurks Chrysler Group's highly touted 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine which is mated to a silky-smooth 6-speed automatic transmission. While the V6 is quick to pour on the power, fuel economy figures suffer with an EPA rating of 17 city/25 highway.
Over the course of five years, it will cost you $40,725 to keep the base model Grand Caravan up and running. It's the least amount of money to spend over the course of five years for all 2014 models in this segment.
Fresh off a redesign, the Honda Odyssey is the segment's most family-friendly vehicle. It even has an available built-in vacuum cleaner.
Another stalwart competitor in the segment, the Toyota Sienna can seat seven passengers with space to spare. Of the aforementioned competition, the Sienna offers the most cargo space.