Travel in comfort and style in these minivans.

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When it comes to moving people and their belongings, minivans are a practical choice. They are spacious, comfortable, and can make everything from daily life to road trips feel like a breeze.

Many minivans offer dual power-sliding doors and hands-free liftgates—loading up the kids and extra cargo doesn't require extra hands. You can also get some of the latest tech features like available in-cabin entertainment systems, wireless charging, and smartphone integrations—to keep your passengers connected and content on longer trips.

Ready to start your search? Check out this updated list of the 10 best minivans for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from August 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.

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


Ford Transit 350

Best Minivans: Ford Transit Wagon 350 | CarMax

The Ford Transit 350 is an excellent option if your extra-large crew needs plenty of occupant space and cargo room. Depending on the wheelbase you choose, 2017-2018 passenger vans can seat eight, 10, 12, or 15 people with a choice of three- to five-row seating configurations. Cargo volume on the 12-passenger Transit 350 with the long wheelbase and high roof boasts 371.3 cubic feet of storage behind the first row (2017-2018 models) to carry everything from groceries and luggage to double strollers.

Standard features on the 2019 Transit 350 XL include:

  • Front and rear vinyl flooring
  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear air conditioning
  • Four-way manual front seats

Combine this with three potent engine choices (2017-2019 models), including an optional turbocharged 3.2L diesel-powered five-cylinder, and it's easy to see why the Transit 350 is a top contender if you're a big family on the move.


Mazda Mazda5

Best Minivans: Mazda Mazda5 | CarMax

Blending the versatility of a minivan with the nimble driving feel of a hatchback, the Mazda Mazda5 is a sporty three-row vehicle with seating for six passengers. Even though the Mazda5 was discontinued in 2015, this model year is a solid choice if you want features like dual-sliding doors, a compact footprint, and 44.4 cubic feet of cargo volume by folding the third row. Available in three trims, the trim-topping Grand Touring includes these standard features on the 2015 model:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-sliding moonroof with interior shade
  • Heated front seats

All 2015 Mazda5s run off a 2.5L four-cylinder that produces 157 hp and 163 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive and a five-speed automatic transmission also come standard on the 2015 model.


Nissan Quest

Best Minivans: Nissan Quest | CarMax

Known for its pleasant driving demeanor and strong V6 that can tow an estimated 3,500 lbs. when properly equipped, the 2016 Nissan Quest is a great seven-passenger van to take on camping trips with family or friends.1 Even as you navigate over gravel roads, you'll enjoy a smooth ride with an independent-strut front suspension and multi-link independent rear suspension designed to absorb bumps with ease. Standard features on the 2016 mid-range SL trim include the following family-friendly conveniences:

  • One-touch power sliding doors
  • One-touch power liftgate
  • Tri-zone automatic temperature control
  • USB connection port for compatible devices

With all seats in place, the 2016 Quest offers 25.7 cubic feet of cargo volume; that number climbs to 108.4 cubic feet by folding the second and third rows.


Ford Transit Connect

Best Minivans: Ford Transit Connect Wagon xtended XL | CarMax

If you need a minivan that can zip through city streets and underground parking garages—and then cruise through the carpool line—the Ford Transit Connect is a practical, compact option. Redesigned in 2019, this van boasts a 38.3-foot curb-to-curb turning diameter, which makes it easier to navigate tight spots. The interior also features a flexible cabin, with five-, six-, or seven-passenger seating configurations. The base XL trim includes the following standard features on 2019 models:

  • Rearview camera
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Six-way manual driver seat with manual lumbar support

You also get a choice of two engine options on the 2019 Transit Connect: a 2.0L four-cylinder or a 1.5L turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.


Kia Sedona

Best Minivans: Kia Sedona | CarMax

Redesigned in 2019 to include a new eight-speed automatic transmission, the Kia Sedona is a versatile and sophisticated minivan that commands attention no matter where you travel. All trim levels feature a 276-hp 3.3L V6 that connects to a Sportmatic® transmission that lets you choose between automatic mode or manual shifting. MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link system in the rear are designed to provide smooth, agile handling. If you want a nice assortment of premium features, the 2019 Sedona EX comes standard with:

  • Wireless phone charging
  • Dual power-sliding side doors
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities
  • Leather upholstery

When properly equipped, the 2019 Sedona's 3.3L V6 can tow an estimated 3,500 lbs.1 Maximum cargo capacity is cavernous, with 142 cubic feet of volume behind the first row.

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Chrysler Town and Country

Best Minivans: Chrysler Town and Country | CarMax

Rounding into the fifth spot is the Town and Country, which was discontinued by Chrysler in 2016, yet remains a popular minivan on our lots. If you're looking for ample power, versatile Stow 'n Go® seats, and premium features, you'll find all that and more in this seven-passenger model. All 2016 Town and Country trims run off a 283-hp 3.6L V6 that's designed to deliver strong acceleration, even with passengers and cargo aboard. Available in six trims, the entry-level LX includes the following standard features on the 2016 model:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof rack
  • Dual power-sliding doors and power tailgate
  • Leather upholstery

For maximum versatility, the 2016 Town and Country's fold-and-stow second and third rows provide 143.8 cubic feet of storage to transport larger items without having to fully remove the rear seats.


Chrysler Pacifica

Best Minivans: Chrysler Pacifica | CarMax

If you're looking for the ultimate road-tripper, complete with an optional rear entertainment system and available navigation, the Chrysler Pacifica is an excellent way to travel. 2018-2019 models feature a seven-passenger seating configuration, but if you need room for an extra friend, eight-passenger seating is optional on all trims except the base model. Second- and third-row Stow 'n Go seats make customizing the interior very easy, but when you're not stowing the seats, you can use the under-seat storage bins to hold your travel necessities. You and your passengers will enjoy these standard features on the Touring L Plus (2018-2019 models):

  • Uconnect® Theater with wireless headphones and two 10-inch seatback touchscreens
  • Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-inch touchscreen display and navigation
  • 13-speaker audio system
  • Perforated leather upholstery

Need to bring your trailer along for the ride? The 2018-2019 Pacifica's 3.6L V6 can tow an estimated 3,600 lbs when properly equipped.1


Toyota Sienna

Best Minivans: Toyota Sienna | CarMax

Do you like to spend time at the slopes, and want a minivan with available all-wheel drive to help you weather the elements? Certain Toyota Sienna trims offer AWD capabilities, designed to provide enhanced traction and control on slick surfaces, so you can enjoy prime ski conditions as they happen. With room for seven or eight passengers, depending on the configuration you choose, you'll also have space for family and friends in this minivan (2017-2019 models). Even with a full cabin, you'll have access to 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row to carry everyone's belongings (2017-2019 models). Standard features on the SE trim include the following on 2017-2019 models:

  • Integrated wide-angle fog lights
  • Dual power-sliding side doors and power liftgate with jam protection
  • Perforated leather-trimmed seats
  • Multi-stage heated front seats

When properly equipped, the Sienna's 3.5L V6 can tow an estimated 3,500 lbs. on 2017-2019 models.1


Dodge Grand Caravan

Best Minivans: Dodge Grand Caravan | CarMax

The Dodge Grand Caravan is a practical people mover, whether you need a family-friendly vehicle to shuttle kids or a comfortable daily commuter. With room for seven passengers, you'll have plenty of space, including 37.7 inches of third-row legroom (2017-2019 models). Available second-row Stow 'n Go captain's chairs easily fold into the floor so you can transport larger items. Plus, standard third-row Stow 'n Go floor storage bins enable you to carry extra belongings. Offering a range of standard features, the SE Plus trim includes the following on 2017-2019 models:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Floor-mounted console with four cup holders

The sole engine for the 2017-2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is a 3.6L V6 that makes 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. When properly equipped, this engine can tow an estimated 3,600 lbs.1


Honda Odyssey

Best Minivans: Honda Odyssey | CarMax

Capturing the top spot on our list is the Honda Odyssey. Fully redesigned in 2018 as part of the model's fifth generation, the Odyssey boasts a spacious three-row design that's loaded with comfort and convenience. All 2018-2019 Odysseys come standard with a 280-hp 3.5L V6 with front-wheel drive that returns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway, which is great if you commute to work each day.2 Available in six trims, the Touring stands out for its premium family-friendly features, which include the following on 2018-2019 models:

  • Hands-free access power tailgate
  • CabinWatch™ rear seat monitor
  • HondaVAC® in-cabin vacuum system
  • 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters

With a maximum cargo capacity of 144.9 cubic feet of volume behind the first row (2018-2019 models), plus the Odyssey's flat and wide cargo floor, you'll have great interior flexibility to carry passengers, camping gear, groceries, and more.

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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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