When it comes to space and comfort, minivans are the best of both worlds.
Ever since the first minivan took to the road in the 1980s, this class of vehicle has become a favorite among growing families. Known for their ample seating space, minivans can comfortably seat anywhere from seven to eight passengers. Many of these vehicles also include convenient features, such as power-sliding doors, DVD/Blu-Ray™ entertainment systems, and power rear liftgates. These vehicles are also convenient for anyone who needs to haul cargo around on a regular basis.
Are you thinking about buying a used minivan? Check out our updated list of the top selling minivans at CarMax from 1/1/17 through 12/31/17. This list includes long-standing favorites such as the 2014 Honda Odyssey — as well as newer models, like the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Dive into our list below to get started.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the automaker's replacement for the Town and Country, though many of its features and some parts of its design have remained similar. The 2017 Pacifica is offered in five different trim levels: the LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited. Standard features on the base LX trim include easy-to-fold seating (great for families), a rearview camera, Uconnect® Access, and climate control in all three rows for added passenger comfort. Upgraded trims, such as the Limited, include some impressive and handy features like an in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, ambient lighting, and two sunroofs.
The 2016 Nissan Quest comes in four trim options: the S, SV, SL, and Premium. This seven-seater minivan boasts many standard features, including keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone air conditioning, and a handy removable second-row console. Upgraded trims, such as the top-of-the-line Premium trim, include everything from front and rear parking sensors to advanced air filtration, a Bose® audio system with a whopping 13 speakers, and a DVD entertainment package that families will love.
Is it a minivan or is it an SUV? Technically, it's a minivan, but many drivers enjoy the sleek and streamlined exterior design that seems to blur the lines between van and sport utility vehicle. If you're in the market for something that's not so obviously a family-mobile, the 2016 Kia Sedona might fit the bill. And featuring one of the most powerful engines of any van on this list, the Sedona doesn't exactly drive like your typical van, either. Specifically, all five trim levels of the 2016 Sedona boast a 3.3-liter V6 engine at 276 horsepower. This vehicle also has an optional hitch package that allows for smooth towing of up to 3,500 pounds (when properly equipped), which can come in handy for families with campers or trailers.1
In terms of trim options, the five levels of the 2016 Sedona include the base L, LX, EX, SX, and SX-L (Limited). All trim levels, except for the L, feature seating for up to eight passengers. With the base L trim, seven-passenger seating is standard. Included features across all trim levels are “Slide-N-Stow” seating, stain-resistant upholstery, and manual sliding doors/front seats. Upgrade to the LX trim and you'll enjoy power folding seats, as well as a power driver's seat. You'll need to take it up to the EX trim, however, if you want a power liftgate and power sliding doors.
The Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the most long-standing and trusted minivans on the market, and the 2015 Grand Caravan specifically has stood the test of time. If convenient and time-saving features are what you're looking for in a minivan, this could be the choice for you. The 2015 Grand Caravan is offered in six different trim levels: the American Value Package (AVP), SE, SE Plus, SXT, SXT Plus, and R/T. There is a wide range of features available depending on the trim you select, but some notable standard features include heated mirrors, power accessories, and dual-zone air conditioning. In the upgraded SXT trim, you'll enjoy tri-zone climate control, convenient Stow 'n Go seating, and a more spacious floor console. This trim also comes with a power liftgate and power sliding doors, as well as a rearview camera and rear-seat DVD/Blu-Ray ® entertainment package.
At the top tier, you'll enjoy all of the above, plus upgraded interior lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and first/second-row seats, a touchscreen display, handy 115-volt power outlet (great for plugging in kids' toys), and more. Separate trim levels are also available with add-on packages, making this one of the most customizable minivans on the market!
In many ways, the 2014 Toyota Sienna strikes a nice balance between family-friendly minivan and fun-to-drive sports car. Unlike many other minivans, the 2014 Sienna offers a powerful 266 horsepower, V6 engine in every trim level — adding a little pep behind the wheel that makes it a blast to drive. Combine the powerful engine with its stability/traction control and excellent handling, and you've got one of the most enjoyable driving experiences behind the wheel of a minivan.
The 2014 Toyota Sienna is offered in your choice of five trim options: the base L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited, so you can be choosy about which features are most important to you. Some basic features in all trims include 17-inch alloy wheels, triple-zone air conditioning (ideal for keeping growing families comfortable), and full power accessories. Those who wish for power sliding doors and a power tailgate, however, will need to bump up to the LE trim, which also offers additional features that can come in handy, like heated exterior mirrors and a rearview camera.
The Sienna also comes in a seven- or eight-passenger configuration; with the seven-passenger Sienna, passengers will enjoy spacious captain's chairs in the second row instead of three-across bench seating.
If entertainment for your passengers is a top priority, you (and your family) will probably fall in love with the 2014 Honda Odyssey. This minivan is equipped with one of the best sound systems on the market, offering theater-quality surround sound and a handy HDMI port for high-definition viewing. The top-tier trim (the Touring Elite) even includes an ultra-wide HD screen in the rear seat that has the ability to go into split-screen mode. This allows one passenger to watch a movie while the other plays a video game or watches a different movie on the other side of the screen.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey comes in five trim levels: the base LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite. Standard features on all trim levels include power accessories throughout, two-zone air conditioning, Bluetooth® connectivity, and even a rearview camera. Drivers and passengers alike will enjoy the standard seven-speaker sound system as well. The Odyssey features a decent 3.5-liter V6 engine that kicks up 248 horsepower in all trim levels, making it a joy to drive.
The 2014 Chrysler Town and Country has been a family favorite since its release. This minivan is available in four different trim levels: Touring, S, Touring-L, and Limited. Standard features on the base Touring trim include 17-inch wheels, an exterior cargo rack on the roof, dual power doors, as well as a convenient power tailgate for easy loading and unloading. Drivers also enjoy that all trim levels of the Town and Country can be converted into a mobile hotspot, allowing for connectivity on-the-go. This is especially ideal for keeping children entertained on longer road trips.
All trim levels of the 2014 Chrysler Town and Country are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine with six-speed automatic transmission. This engine is known for its responsive performance and ranks as one of the best in its class in terms of steering, traction, and handling. Families in the market for a tried and true minivan should take a test drive of the 2014 Town and Country. And, it’s on our list of the best family cars.
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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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