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Vans and minivans

Today’s minivans are utility kings, with more cargo and passenger space than full-size SUVs, but with a more car-like driving feel. They're not a penalty box either, with features and options that wouldn’t be out of place on a luxury brand.

Minivan too small? Full size vans come in different heights and lengths, with some offering a dozen or more seats and roofs tall enough for a six-footer to stand upright.

type vans and minivans Kia 1
Children smiling getting out of silver minivan
2023 Honda Odyssey Elite

1. Honda Odyssey

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$41,998$51,998
Estimated combined MPG22 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Sliding side doors
  • Rear seat passenger check system
  • Tons of cargo room

Cons

  • Third-row seats manually fold
  • Outdated navigation system graphics
  • Third-row legroom is tight for tall adults
2024 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L

2. Chrysler Pacifica

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*(data not available)
Estimated combined MPG20 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Versatile seating
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Plug-in hybrid model

Cons

  • Starting to feel its age
  • Mediocre mileage with standard V6
  • Occasionally balky shifts from nine-speed automatic
2022 Toyota Sienna XSE AWD 7 Passenger

3. Toyota Sienna

CarMax owner rating

4.7

Price range*$25,998$48,998
Estimated combined MPG20 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4 out of 5

Pros

  • Confident ride experience
  • Fast-accelerating V6 engine
  • All-wheel-drive option

Cons

  • Fewer features than competitor vans
  • Bulky second-row seating is cumbersome to move
  • Exterior noise travels into the cabin
Young boy jumping out of parked minivan as luggage is unloaded
2024 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L

1. Chrysler Pacifica

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*(data not available)
Estimated combined MPG20 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Versatile seating
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Plug-in hybrid model

Cons

  • Starting to feel its age
  • Mediocre mileage with standard V6
  • Occasionally balky shifts from nine-speed automatic
2021 Chrysler Voyager L

2. Chrysler Voyager

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*(data not available)
Estimated combined MPG22 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4 out of 5

Pros

  • Solid value
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Versatile interior

Cons

  • All-wheel drive isn’t available
  • Fleet sales only
  • No hybrid option
2022 Toyota Sienna XSE AWD 7 Passenger

3. Toyota Sienna

CarMax owner rating

4.7

Price range*$25,998$48,998
Estimated combined MPG20 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4 out of 5

Pros

  • Confident ride experience
  • Fast-accelerating V6 engine
  • All-wheel-drive option

Cons

  • Fewer features than competitor vans
  • Bulky second-row seating is cumbersome to move
  • Exterior noise travels into the cabin

FAQs about vans and minivans

The biggest differences between vans and minivans is are that vans tend to be more utilitarian and larger in size.

Vans typically have either an open-back cargo area behind the front seats, or multiple rows of seats, and are primarily used for transporting cargo or passengers.

Minivans are more family-focused, with most all having three rows of seats, and better size for everyday use.

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