Minivan Buyer's Guide

By Editors on January 5, 2017 7:02 PM

The Best Family Cars Money Can Buy

There are plenty of great family cars out there, but none offers 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.

Get up to speed on the segment and explore your six minivan options below.

Chrysler Pacifica

All-new for 2017, the stylish Chrysler Pacifica combines premium features with plenty of practicality.

Explore Pacifica

Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan is the minivan that started it all, way back in 1983.

Explore Grand Caravan

Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is arguably the best family car out there.

Explore Odyssey

Kia Sedona

The Kia Sedona, totally redesigned last year, offers competitive refinement and features.

Explore Sedona

Nissan Quest

The most distinctly styled entry in the segment, Nissan's minivan backs up its bold look with an interior fit for a luxury SUV.

Explore Quest

Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna became a minivan favorite for its combination of practicality, reliability and resale value.

Explore Sienna


Award Winners

The Honda Odyssey is now a two-time winner of KBB's Minivan Best Buy award, the Toyota Sienna claimed the Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award, and both perennial standouts, plus the Kia Sedona, made our list of the 16 Best Family Cars of 2016.

Key Features

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

What's New/Next

Last year, the Kia Sedona was completely redesigned, while the Toyota Sienna received a revised interior, improved driving dynamics and more. Even though the Chrysler Town & Country is still on the market, its replacement, the all-new 2017 Pacifica, has arrived.

For 2018, the Honda Odyssey receives a major makeover, with new styling, extensive interior refinement, and new family-friendly storage and convenience features. The new Odyssey is expected to arrive in showrooms this spring. 

Minivan Alternatives

If your family needs three rows but isn't yet sold on making the jump to a minivan, your next logical step should be a visit to our Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide.

First Look: 2018 Honda Odyssey


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