Best Minivans of 2018 | CarMax

Minivans are still one of the best ways to move a lot of people, things, or people and things, all at once. They combine comfortable seating, third-row space, and family-friendly features in a practical package. Many minivans today offer some of the best technology features to offer. If it's cargo space, passenger capacity, or something for a growing family, these used minivans are worth a look.

To help narrow down your search, we've created a list of the 10 best minivans for 2019, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

  1. Ford Transit Connect
  2. Ford Transit 350
  3. Mazda Mazda5
  4. Nissan Quest
  5. Kia Sedona
  6. Chrysler Pacifica
  7. Chrysler Town and Country
  8. Toyota Sienna
  9. Honda Odyssey
  10. Dodge Grand Caravan


Ford Transit Connect

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The Ford Transit Connect came to North America in 2009 as the Ford Transit Connect. Based on the Ford Focus car platform, the Ford Transit Connect shares many of the same driving characteristics. While the first generation ran until 2012, the refreshed and updated second generation runs from 2013 to the present—with two new engine options becoming available in 2019.

2013 and newer Ford Transit Connects are available in three trims: XL, XLT, and Titanium. Standard equipment on top-trim Titanium models includes:

  • AM/FM Radio with CD player
  • Reverse camera
  • Leather seating
  • USB charging ports

Standard on 2013 through 2018 Ford Transit Connect vans is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine which makes 161 horsepower. For 2019 and newer model years, a 2.0L four-cylinder engine making 150 horsepower and 144 lb.-ft. of torque comes standard.


Ford Transit 350

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Ford combines decades of design into the latest Ford Transit 350. Now in its fourth generation (2013 to present), the Ford Transit 350 has been available in North America since the 2015 model year. 2015 and later Ford Transit 350 vans are available in two trims, XL and XLT, with three engine options. Standard features on 2017 and later models include:

  • Manual front and rear air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows and locks
  • Rearview camera

2017 and later Ford Transit 350 wagons are available with a standard 3.7L V6 engine outputting 275 horsepower, 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 engine or 3.2L turbodiesel five-cylinder engine are available.


Mazda Mazda5

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The Mazda Mazda5 was discontinued in the US for the 2015 model year but still proves to be a popular model on our lots. Production began in 1999 on the first-generation Mazda Mazda5 and finished with its third generation (2010–2015). These third-generation Mazda5s feature car-like handling and are available in the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims.

2010 to 2015 Mazda5 features include:

  • Standard fully-automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth® connectivity on Touring and Grand Touring trims
  • Six-speaker audio system as standard
  • Satellite radio available on Grand Touring trim

The third generation of the Mazda5 is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission.


Nissan Quest

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What began as a joint agreement between Ford and Nissan, the Nissan Quest eventually came into its own as a unique vehicle by its third generation (2004–2010). The fourth and last generation of the Nissan Quest was available from 2011 through 2017 before being discontinued in the 2017 model year. The 2011 and newer Nissan Quest is the only van on our list to be powered by a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

2011 to 2017 models are available in S, SV, SL, and Platinum trims with features including:

  • Second- and third-row air conditioning on all trims
  • Bluetooth connectivity is available on SV and higher trims
  • Second- and third-row sunshades are standard on all trims
  • A Bose® audio system with an in-dash DVD entertainment system is available on the Platinum trim

All 2011 through 2017 Nissan Quests are powered by a 3.5L V6 making 260 horsepower and 240 torque. The Nissan Quest features a deep rear well that offers 11.4 cubic feet of storage, regardless of whether the seats are up or down. This makes it great for storing groceries and sports equipment.


Kia Sedona

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Kia has been making the Sedona in the US since the 1999 model year, spanning three generations. The third-generation (2015 to present) features a 3.3L V6 engine and six-speed transmission. The five trims you can choose from are L, LX, EX, SX, and Limited.

All 2015 and later Kia Sedonas trims include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • A satellite radio
  • USB charging ports
  • A backup warning system

The 2015 and newer Kia Sedona is available in either seven- or eight-passenger seating configurations.


Chrysler Pacifica

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The Chrysler Pacifica began its life as an SUV from 2004 to 2008 and was introduced for the 2017 model year as the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Filled with all sorts of practical features, the second-row seats disappear almost entirely when laid flat thanks to Chrysler's exclusive Stow 'N Go® system. There are five standard trims and a hybrid version available in two trims. You can choose from either a seven-passenger or eight-passenger layout.

The 2017 and later Chrysler Pacifica is available in LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited trims. Some feature highlights are:

  • A built-in vacuum on the Limited trim powered by Rigid® called Stow 'N Vac
  • A dual-screen Blu-ray™ rear-seat entertainment system featuring built-in games—available with either the Touring-L Plus or Limited trims
  • Choose from a standard five-inch touchscreen or available 8.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Advanced driver aids, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and forward-collision warning

While the 2017 and newer Chrysler Pacifica is only available in front-wheel drive, it does give you the choice of standard or hybrid drivetrain. Conventional drivetrains feature a 3.6L V6 engine making 287 horsepower and mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission./p>


Chrysler Town and Country

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The Chrysler Town and Country minivan was in production for an impressive 27 model years before finally being discontinued for the 2016 model year. The fifth, and last, generation spans model years 2008 through 2016. The fifth generation was refreshed for 2011 and remained relatively unchanged until 2016. Considered a luxury minivan, the 2016 Town and Country is available in six trims: LX, Touring, S, Touring-L, Limited, and Limited Platinum.

Depending on the model year, some of the following features are available:

  • Standard Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system in 2012 and newer models
  • The exclusive Stow 'N Go fold-flat second-row seating is available as standard in 2011 and later models
  • Standard power-sliding side doors on 2011 and newer models
  • Nappa leather seats on the Limited Platinum trim for model year 2015 and later

2011 and newer Chrysler Town and Country minivans are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine which makes 283 horsepower and 260 torque.


Toyota Sienna

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While the third-generation (2011 to present) Toyota Sienna has been in production since the 2011 model year, it did receive a design refresh in 2015 and again in 2018. The Toyota Sienna is the only minivan on our list with all-wheel drive (available on Siennas with a V6 engine). Depending on the trim, the Toyota Sienna can carry seven or eight passengers.

The 2015 and later Toyota Sienna is available in LE, SE, XLE, and Limited trims. Features include:

  • A 16.4-inch rear-screen entertainment system, only on the Limited trim
  • A standard rearview camera on 2011 and newer models
  • For 2017 and later models, advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and forward collision alerts
  • Entune™ premium audio is available on 2012 and newer models

As part of a 2017 model year refresh, the Toyota Sienna received an upgraded engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The 3.5L V6 engine now produces 296 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. There are 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.


Honda Odyssey

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Honda's entry into the minivan market has been in its fifth generation since the 2018 model year and the previous fourth generation ran from 2011 until the 2017 model year. Both vans had interesting features, like the Honda Vac on Elite trims in 2014 and newer models.

You'll find the 2017 Honda Odyssey sporting the LX, EX, SE, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite trims. Fifth-generation 2018 and newer Honda Odysseys replace the Touring Elite trim with the Elite trim. Notable features on 2017 and newer models are:

  • Rearview camera as standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • An available integrated vacuum on Touring Elite trims. Available on Touring and higher trims for 2018 and newer models
  • Driver aids like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, front collision alert, and lane departure warning as standard on 2018 and newer models

2017 Honda Odysseys are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine, making 245 horsepower and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. 2018 and newer LX, EX, SE, and EX-L models have a 3.5L V6 putting out 290 horsepower and mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. 2018 and later Honda Odyssey Touring and Elite trims include a 10-speed transmission.


Dodge Grand Caravan

Best Minivans: Dodge Grand Caravan | CarMax

The Dodge Grand Caravan was one of the original minivans, breaking out into the market in 1984. This impressive van spans five generations of models. Dodge refreshed the fifth generation in 2011 and the Grand Caravan has remained mostly the same since. 2017 and later Dodge Grand Caravans feature the exclusive Stow ‘N Go second-row seats, capable of quickly folding flat.

You can buy the 2017 and later Dodge Grand Caravan in four trims: SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT. Standard features include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity.
  • A single-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system available on all model trims
  • A 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 28-GB internal hard drive is standard on all trims
  • A rearview camera

Power comes from a 3.6L V6 engine, which makes 283 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

At CarMax, we have more than 50,000 vehicles in our inventory, giving you plenty of exciting options to choose from. If you are in the market for a great minivan to carry around your precious cargo, you can start shopping here or check out these related articles to help you refine your search.

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