These minivans are big on space and comfort.
With their generous cabins full of passenger room and space to carry everything but the kitchen sink, a minivan may be a good fit for your family. You'll get three rows of seating for kids and furry friends, plus other available conveniences—like in-floor storage bins, seats that fold and stow, and power sliding doors. Whether it's your turn to carpool or you're loading up for your annual camping trip, you'll love the comfort, roominess, and versatility that a minivan provides.
To help you on your search, we've compiled this list of the eight most reliable minivans for 2020 shoppers, based on RepairPal reliability ratings. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.1
To determine these rankings, each year RepairPal examines repair tickets from over 2,000 auto repair shops in the U.S. Each vehicle’s dependability is rated by averaging data from millions of actual auto shop invoices. While repair cost plays a part in the rating, having a higher average cost does not necessarily mean a vehicle is less reliable. For example, parts and labor for a luxury vehicle may be more expensive, but if the severity of the repair and number of trips to the shop are minimal, that can positively impact a car’s reliability rating. This list shows a snapshot of RepairPal’s highest rated minivans, while other minivans are also highly rated as reliable.
Ready to take a look at some minivans? Here are eight great options to consider.
If you're shopping for a seven-passenger vehicle with a sleek silhouette, the Volkswagen Routan offers all that and more. This minivan ended production after its 2012 model year but remains a favorite due to its interior versatility and style. With a maximum of 144 cu-ft of cargo volume and third-row fold-flat seats, the 2012 Routan can adjust to fit strollers, groceries, and sporting gear. This flexibility is matched with lively performance from, for 2012 models, the 283-hp 3.6L V6 that can tow an estimated 3,600 lbs. when properly equipped.2 Standard features on the 2012 Routan SE trim are also very generous, making it a comfortable option for long road trips:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Power-sliding side doors
- Leatherette seating surfaces
- Eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar
- Second- and third-row sunshades
With its cool wagon-like exterior and roomy cabin, the Ford Flex is a stylish and practical minivan to have around. 2017–2019 models come standard with a second-row bench seat to carry seven passengers or you can choose available second-row bucket seats on SEL and Limited trims for more elbow room and a six-passenger layout. Behind the third row is 20 cu-ft of cargo volume for luggage and coolers on 2017 and newer models, but if you need to transport bigger items, the second and third rows fold into the floor to reveal a huge flat-load surface. All 2017–2019 Flex models use a 287-hp 3.5L V6 with 254 lb-ft of torque, but a turbocharged 3.5L V6 with 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque is offered on 2017–2019 Limited trims. You also get more premium standard features on the Limited, including these on 2017–2019 models:
- Power liftgate
- Leather-trimmed seats
- 12-speaker Sony® audio system
- SYNC® 3 infotainment system
- Voice-activated navigation system
When the conditions get tough, don't let bad weather get in your way. With the Toyota Sienna's available all-wheel-drive system on certain 2017–2019 trim levels, you'll have the traction you need to make trips to the ski hill. All 2017 and newer Siennas can also pull your snowmobiles with an estimated 3,500-lb. towing capacity, when properly equipped, using the standard 296-hp 3.5L V6 with 263 lb-ft of torque.2 Inside the cabin, the Sienna's second-row seats tip up and slide forward, providing easy access to the third row (2017–2019 models). Your passengers can also enjoy second-row captain's chairs with available lounge seating that include adjustable ottomans and armrests on 2017–2019 Limited trims. Starting at the base level, the 2017–2019 Sienna L offers these standard features:
- 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
- Three-zone automatic climate control
- Six-way adjustable driver seat
- 60/40 Split & Stow Third Row™ seat
- Rearview monitor
Placing number five on RepairPal’s list of most reliable minivans is a van with a reconfigurable interior that can cater to any whim. The seven-passenger Nissan Quest is adaptable in the best possible way. All 2016 models—the last model year to be produced—come standard with fold-flat second-row captain's chairs and a fold-flat third-row bench seat that can stow or unstow to make space for road-side treasures or more passengers. Under the hood, a 3.5L V6 powers the 2016 Quest to generate 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. An independent strut-front suspension and multi-link independent rear suspension also deliver a well-balanced, comfortable ride. Standard features on the 2016 Quest SV include:
- 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
- Fog lights
- One-touch power sliding side doors
- Bluetooth® connectivity
- Rearview monitor
If you're shopping for a minivan with satisfying acceleration and premium features, the Chrysler Town and Country is an ideal candidate. Last offered in 2016, the Town and Country delivers strong performance from the 3.6L V6 with 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine also uses a coil-on-plug ignition system, which contributes to its quick spirit and lower emissions. With the 3.6L V6 and six-speed automatic transmission, the 2016 Town and Country returns an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway.3 With standard features like leather-trimmed seats, tri-zone climate control, and Stow 'n Go® seats, the 2016 Town and Country has no shortage of class. For the most luxurious experience, check out the 2016 Limited Platinum trim, which includes:
- 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels
- Nappa leather upholstery
- Heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Blu-ray® entertainment system
If you appreciate having choices when shopping for a minivan, the Honda Odyssey will give you plenty to think about. Available in six well-equipped trims and seven- or eight-passenger configurations, the 2017–2019 Odyssey will easily fit into your lifestyle. Redesigned in 2018, the Odyssey now comes with a 280-hp 3.5L V6 that connects to a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, but you'll also find 2018–2019 Touring and Elite trims with a 10-speed automatic. With 38 cu-ft of storage behind the third row, the 2017–2019 Odyssey is invaluable when running errands. Higher trims also boast family-friendly features, like a CabinTalk™ In-Car PA System (2018–2019 EX-L Navi, Touring, and Elite trims) to keep an eye on pint-sized passengers. If you like the 2017–2019 Odyssey EX, you can expect these standard features:
- Power sliding side doors
- Tri-zone automatic climate control system
- Heated front seats (2018–2019)
- One-motion 60/40 split third-row Magic Seat®
- Magic Slide Second-row Seats™ with armrests and walk-in feature (2018–2019)
Whether loading up for baseball practice or curling up for a night at the drive-in, you can count on the Dodge Grand Caravan every step of the way. All 2017–2019 models feature a versatile seven-passenger cabin with third-row Stow 'n Go® floor storage bins and available Stow 'n Go second-row captain's chairs that easily fold into the floor. This versatility is matched by a powerful 283-hp 3.6L V6 that can tow an estimated 3,600 lbs., when properly equipped (2017–2019 models), so your toys can join the ride.2 With a maximum of 140.3 cu-ft of cargo space, the 2017–2019 Grand Caravan is a helpful partner when making trips to the home improvement store. Want to go all out? Check out the 2017–2019 Grand Caravan SXT, which includes these standard features:
- Fog lamps
- Power-sliding side doors and rear liftgate
- Leather-trimmed seats with suede inserts
- Extra-large console with four cup holders, two power outlets, and covered storage
- Eight-way power driver seat
At the top spot on RepairPal’s reliability rankings is the spacious and adaptable Kia Sedona, a flexible minivan that caters to your comfort and convenience. All 2017–2019 models include Slide-N-Stow® second-row seats that stand upright, slide forward, and lock into place to provide instant space for furry friends. The 60/40 split-fold third-row seats also conveniently fold into the floor, giving you the option to carry a combination of passengers and cargo (2017–2019 models). All 2017–2019 Sedona minivans are driven by a 276-hp 3.3L V6 that provides quick acceleration and a quiet ride. Standard features on the 2017–2019 EX include the following:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED positioning lamps
- Dual power-sliding side doors
- Heated front seats
- Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
Versatile and feature-rich, a minivan is a great option if you need a comfortable and capable vehicle to move lots of people and their gear.
1RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/04/2020. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3Fuel 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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