Still the Champions of Practicality
It's a Minivan Jamboree
Minivans may no longer be the default vehicle for growing families, but that doesn’t mean these practical do-it-all boxes should be ignored.
Battling an unfavorable stigma only the tourism board of Detroit would understand, there are a lot of preconceived notions about minivans. While some of these may be true, one popular myth about these vehicles is not; minivans aren’t necessarily expensive.
It’s true that they can easily eclipse $45,000, but at that price they’re practically a rolling condo complete with multiple TV screens, leather recliners and even a vacuum cleaner in Honda’s case. Fret not, frugal shoppers; you can have a minivan too. The Dodge Grand Caravan starts at a mere $21,390 after delivery, although you don’t get much at that price.
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In an attempt to combined frugality with livability, we decided to round up the three big players in the minivan segment that give families everything they need along with a few extra perks. The low $30,000 range was chosen and we sent out invites to Dodge, Honda and Toyota. Two notable manufacturers are excluded from the test: Kia and Nissan. The new Kia Sedona has yet to arrive and the Quest is a moot point in the minivan argument.
With three vans in hand, we set out to complete a variety of tests to gauge how easy they are to drive, pleasant they are to be a passenger in and how much practical space they offer. As always, a few surprises were in hand.
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