Fit your family's needs with these vantastic minivans.
Minivans have a lot of advantages to offer. Minivans combine interior room for passengers and cargo with family-friendly standard features that make traveling much more comfortable and convenient. You can also find some advanced technology to keep everyone connected and entertained on journeys both long and short. Some models even include added luxuries, like premium leather upholstery, in-cabin entertainment systems, and ventilated seats, that make even the most mundane drives feel like an adventure. You’ll feel like you’ve reached nirvana when you get behind the wheel of one of these top family cruisers.
Looking for a great family vehicle? Check out this list of the 10 best minivans for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019.
Kicking off our list of the best minivans is the Mazda Mazda5—a six-passenger compact minivan that was discontinued in 2015. This model is a great option for smaller families that need three rows of seating and dual sliding rear doors but can do without the frills of a larger minivan. The Mazda5's smaller size and agile vaneuverability also make it suitable for urban commuting.
The 2015 model is available in three trims (Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring) and includes the following standard features:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Cloth upholstery and carpet floor mats
- Automatic climate control with second-row cool-air vents
- Remote keyless illuminated entry system
Cargo capacity on the 2015 Mazda5 is generous with 44.4 cubic feet of volume when the third row is folded down.
The Ford Transit 350 is commonly known as a cargo van but this model is also relevant as a passenger wagon, which is ideal for commercial fleets or big families. Depending on the wheelbase that you choose, 2017–2019 Transit 350 vans offer passenger-packing seating up to 15 passengers across five rows. The interior also offers incredible versatility with the ability to customize the van's seating arrangements to maximize how best you load your passengers and their cargo.
The 2017 Transit 350 XLT trim comes standard with:
- 16-inch black steel wheels with silver-styled covers
- Front and rear air conditioning
- Cloth upholstery
- Two-way manual driver and front-passenger seats with manual recline
Cargo volume on the 15-passenger 2017 Transit 350 with the long wheelbase and high roof is cavernous at a maximum of 349.6 cubic feet of stowage behind the first row.
The Quest was discontinued in 2016, but don't let that deter you. With standard features on the 2016 model, including a 360-degree parking camera, 13-speaker Bose® sound system, and leather upholstery, you'll enjoy modern comfort and convenience features when you drive this minivan. It also delivers a smooth ride with an independent-strut front suspension and multi-link independent rear suspension. So smooth, your passengers will be snoozing like Rip Van Winkle in no time!
The 2016 Quest Platinum includes the following standard features:
- 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
- High-Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights
- DVD entertainment system with eight-inch display
- Eight-way power driver seat with memory
With seating for seven passengers, the 2016 Quest also provides a maximum cargo capacity of 108.4 cubic feet by folding down the second and third rows.
While not as advanced as other family haulers, the Ford Transit Connect is a solid bet if you are looking for a minivan that's focused on flexibility. 2017–2019 Passenger Wagon models feature seating for five to seven people, depending on the wheelbase you choose (short or long). Whether you need to carry passengers, cargo, or a bit of both, this van is quick to adapt. Loading and unloading are easy, too, with a low step-in height, standard dual sliding side doors, and a convenient rear liftgate.
Redesigned for 2019, the Transit Connect XLT includes standard features such as:
- SYNC® 3 with a 6.5-inch touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility
- MyKey® technology for responsible driving
- Wireless charging pad
2019 Transit Connect models with the long-wheelbase feature a flat load floor that can hold up to 106 cubic feet of cargo volume or items that are up to 85.6 inches long.
Observant minivan shoppers will note the Kia Sedona is an excellent option for parents that need versatility but are reluctant to give up a car-like driving experience for more interior space. 2017 and 2018 Sedona models run on a 276-horsepower 3.3L V6 engine that moves with authority, yet has a relaxed driving character with nimble steering. Even with its larger body, the Sedona is easy to maneuver through tight parking garages and busy carpool lines.
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.
Another luxurious option on our list is the far from vanilla, Chrysler Town and Country. Discontinued in 2016, it remains a popular used option for shoppers seeking premium features. This seven-passenger model is very opulent for a minivan, with leather upholstery, a power tailgate, and tri-zone climate control included on the base-level LX trim (2016 model). As you climb the Town and Country's grades, the standard features on 2016 models get even more impressive, offering goodies like second- and third-row window shades on the mid-range Touring-L trim.
Want a top-of-the-line minivan? Opt for the 2016 Platinum trim and you'll enjoy standard features, such as:
- Nine-speaker audio system with subwoofer
- DVD/Blu-ray® entertainment system
- Seats trimmed with Nappa premium leather
- Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents
The 2016 Town and Country also features Chrysler's innovative Stow 'n Go® seats, which fold into the floor to provide a maximum cargo capacity of 143.8 cubic feet of volume.
After discontinuing the Town and Country in 2016, Chrysler unveiled the first-generation Pacifica in 2017, which is still in production today. With seating for up to eight passengers, depending on the trim level you choose, this minivan is in the vanguard of brood-bringers. It’s suitable for large families or those that like to bring friends and grandparents along. Even the third-row boasts generous legroom with 36.5 inches of stretch-out space (2017–2019 models), plus there are clever in-floor storage compartments to carry extra belongings while the seats are in use.
2018–2019 Pacifica models are available in six trims. The base L comes standard with:
- 17-inch steel wheels with covers
- Foldaway power heated side-view mirrors
- Uconnect® 4 with a seven-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- ParkView® rear back-up camera
The 2017–2019 Chrysler Pacifica's Stow 'n Go seats provide great flexibility when you need to carry larger items. By stowing the second and third rows, the minivan boasts 140.5 cubic feet of volume and a flat cargo floor that can hold a load of four-by-eight-foot boards.
If you want SUV capability but with minivan versatility, the Toyota Sienna is worth a look. This is the rare minivan that offers an advantageous all-wheel drive on certain models, designed for enhanced traction in slick road conditions. You'll also enjoy quick acceleration from the 3.5L V6 that makes 296 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque on 2017–2019 models, along with an estimated 3,500 lbs. towing capacity when properly equipped.1
Standard features on the 2017 Sienna LE include:
- Dual power-sliding side doors with jam protection
- Remote keyless entry system
- Manual second- and third-row sunshades
- Black roof rails
From a space standpoint, the Sienna is abundant. Behind the third row is 39.1 cubic feet of volume, but that number more than triples to 150 cubic feet by folding down the second and third rows (2017-2019 models).
In the market for a minivan that also happens to deliver great gas mileage? This van can! The Honda Odyssey is a fuel efficient kid-carrier great for suburban safaris and long-haul family advantures. 2018 models run off a 280-horsepower V6 engine with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission (a ten-speed automatic is available on 2018 Touring trims), which achieves an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.2 The Touring also includes an idle-stop system that turns off the engine when the vehicle is stopped in traffic.
Available in six trims, the grade-topping 2018 Odyssey Elite boasts an impressive list of standard features, including:
- 19-inch machine-finished alloy wheels
- Power-folding side mirrors
- Ventilated front seats
- 11-speaker premium audio system
With seating for up to eight passengers on EX and higher trims, the 2018 Odyssey also boasts a maximum cargo capacity of 144.9 cubic feet to transport everything from luggage and sporting equipment to big pieces of furniture.
Topping our list of the best minivans for 2020 shoppers is the van-daddy of them all: Dodge Grand Caravan. A mainstay in the segment for nearly three decades, this model stands out for its interior versatility. 2017–2019 models come standard with third-row Stow 'n Go floor storage and available Stow 'n Go second-row captain's chairs that allow you to customize your space needs, whether it be for cargo or passengers. There are also 32.2 cubic feet of trunk space behind the third row (2017–2018 models) to carry strollers and other kid's gear when all seats are occupied.
If you're looking for something stylish, the SXT trim comes standard with some cool features on 2017–2019 models, including:
- Leather upholstery with suede inserts
- Chrome exterior trim
- Fog lights
- Power liftgate
The Grand Caravan's 3.6L V6 engine can also tow an estimated 3,600 lbs. when properly equipped (2017–2019 models), making this a well-rounded family vehicle for everyday driving or road trips.1
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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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