2017 Minivan Buyers Guide

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Minivans remain the practical choice for families of all sizes, as they continue to offer unmatched utility in an efficient, easy-to-live-with package. Most minivans offer three rows of adult-sized seating that have been cleverly designed to maximize cargo capacity. They may be boring, but nothing matches their utility.

What’s New for Minivans in 2017?

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus

Most families with space needs beyond typical a sedan’s capacity opt for a crossover or SUV. Not the market it once was, a few key players continue to carry the minivan torch into the 2017 model year.

But just because choices are limited doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one. Ask a parent, coach or really anyone who owns one and you’ll probably hear the same thing: there are times when a van just can’t be beat.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Minivan

The Chrysler Pacifica has arrived as a segment-leading new family hauler. Available with traditional gas powertrains, the Pacifica is unique in the segment, as it’s the only hybrid minivan available. It also comes with a host of useful technology like a built-in vacuum, hand-free sliding doors, and all the best driver assistants.

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Not to let Chrysler steal all the minivan spotlight, the Honda Odyssey has also been totally overhauled. Although it’s a bit bigger, the minivan sheds some weight and gains a new, more efficient transmission (with paddle shifters!), more technology and a new look.

The Dodge Grand Caravan will be discontinued in 2017, but Toyota, Kia, and Nissan still offer minivans as well, with neither the Sienna, Sedona or Quest receiving major changes this year.

ALSO SEE: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Review

What’s Coming for Minivans in 2018?

With so few players left in the minivan segment, not much else is expected in the near future, however, Volkswagen is said to be reviving its Microbus as an electric minivan. You can also expect the remaining automakers with minivans to make sure they are available with all the latest safety and driver assistance features and even more connectivity for busy families.

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2017 Nissan Quest
2017 Nissan Quest
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2017 Ram ProMaster City Wagon
2017 Ram ProMaster City Wagon
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$24,595 - $26,220 21/28 mpg
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2017 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
2017 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
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$25,695 - $30,325 19/27 mpg
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2017 Dodge Grand Caravan
2017 Dodge Grand Caravan
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$25,995 - $33,395 17/25 mpg
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2017 Kia Sedona
2017 Kia Sedona
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$26,900 - $41,900 17/22 mpg
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2017 Chrysler Pacifica
2017 Chrysler Pacifica
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$28,995 - $44,995 19/28 mpg
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2017 Toyota Sienna
2017 Toyota Sienna
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$29,750 - $47,310 18/24 mpg
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2017 Honda Odyssey
2017 Honda Odyssey
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$29,850 - $45,325 19/27 mpg
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2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van
2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van
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$29,995 - $32,900 20/23 mpg
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2017 GMC Savana Passenger
2017 GMC Savana Passenger
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$33,140 - $37,305 11/17 mpg
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2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger
2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger
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$33,140 - $37,305 11/17 mpg
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2017 Nissan NV Passenger
2017 Nissan NV Passenger
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$33,800 - $41,200 N/A
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2017 Ford Transit Wagon
2017 Ford Transit Wagon
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$34,365 - $43,370 14/18 mpg
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2017 Freightliner Sprinter Crew Van
2017 Freightliner Sprinter Crew Van
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$39,995 - $54,390 N/A
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2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Crew Van
2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Crew Van
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$39,995 - $54,390 N/A
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2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van
2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van
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$42,650 - $51,645 N/A
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2017 Freightliner Sprinter Passenger Van
2017 Freightliner Sprinter Passenger Van
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$42,650 - $51,645 N/A
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2012 Chevrolet Orlando Review

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2011 Nissan Quest LE Review

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2012 Nissan NV Review

2012 Nissan NV Review
Nissan bets there’s still life in the full-size van market and has built a commercial vehicle to take on the archaic domestic offerings and quirky European ones.

2011 Chrysler Town & Country Review

2011 Chrysler Town & Country Review
A significant upgrade, the 2011 version of Chrysler’s Town & Country minivan also gets a price hike to match. But considering this car’s reputation and its Japanese competition, is Chrysler being too confident?

2011 Nissan Quest Review

2011 Nissan Quest Review
It might not be as innovative as some rivals, but the Quest gets the basics right and offers a few new tricks. Plus, it’s got no shortage of style.

2012 Mazda5 Review

2012 Mazda5 Review
Despite being an all-new model, the 2012 Mazda5 doesn’t get any big changes. Luckily for Mazda they don’t have to try too hard, as the 5 is all alone in the mini-minivan segment. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s one of the best examples of practicality, style and price on the market.

2011 Ford Flex Titanium Review

2011 Ford Flex Titanium Review
With Toyota offering both luxury and sport versions of Swagger Wagon Sienna minivan and GMC announcing a high-end Acadia Denali crossover, Ford wades in with a unique interpretation of its Flex for those with a need to be unique and the cash to spare.
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