Minivans get a bad rap. They’re some of the most functional vehicles on the road, delivering generous cargo space in a reasonably sized, relatively fuel-efficient package. There’s really nothing better for carrying people and possessions.
Unfortunately though, enthusiasts decry their function-over-form ethos. Driving them is about as exhilarating as waiting in line at the Secretary of State, but what they lack in passion they more than make up for in usability.
While arguably not the first “minivans,” the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager combo nailed the basic formula and founded a new vehicle segment in America. Introduced in 1983 as ’84 models, these two car-based haulers were destined to rack up big sales numbers.
Well in excess of 12 million have been sold worldwide since their launch and they’re still popular with customers. So far this year the Pentastar brand has moved more than 200,000 minivans in North America, making the Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country two of its best-selling nameplates.