2016 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 2016?

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 2016 model year.

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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

Choices are few in the minivan world today. The staple Dodge Grand Caravan still exists, but 2016 will probably be the last year it’s sold before it gets discontinued. The Chrysler Town & Country, the Dodge’s corporate twin, is a more luxurious offering and is still a popular choice. Honda, Toyota, Kia and Nissan still offer minivans as well, with neither the Odyssey, Sienna, Sedona or Quest receiving major changes this year.

SEE ALSO: Minivan Comparison Test

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What’s Coming for Minivans in 2017?

The Chrysler Town & Country should receive a complete overhaul this year, while its corporate twin, the Dodge Grand Caravan will be discontinued in 2017, so it will remain mostly the same. The T&C could look like the concept below, and will have hands-free rear sliding doors, a built-in vacuum cleaner, and the option for all-wheel drive. Interestingly, we can also expect an announcement on whether Volkswagen will bring back its Microbus early in 2016, which could be a retro take on a family staple that’s needed to revitalize the segment.

With so few players left in the minivan segment, not much else is expected in the near future.

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2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
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$22,095 - $30,995 17/25 mpg
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2016 Ram ProMaster City Wagon
2016 Ram ProMaster City Wagon
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$24,445 - $26,070 21/29 mpg
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2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
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$24,825 - $29,300 19/27 mpg
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2016 Kia Sedona
2016 Kia Sedona
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$26,400 - $39,900 17/22 mpg
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2016 Nissan Quest
2016 Nissan Quest
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$26,580 - $43,230 20/27 mpg
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2016 Toyota Sienna
2016 Toyota Sienna
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$28,850 - $46,410 16/23 mpg
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2016 Honda Odyssey
2016 Honda Odyssey
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$29,400 - $44,875 19/28 mpg
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2016 Chrysler Town & Country
2016 Chrysler Town & Country
view 7 trims
$29,995 - $40,645 17/25 mpg
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2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van
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$32,500 20/23 mpg
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2016 Nissan NVP
2016 Nissan NVP
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$32,810 - $39,810 N/A
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2016 Chevrolet Express Passenger
2016 Chevrolet Express Passenger
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$32,990 - $50,095 11/17 mpg
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2016 GMC Savana Passenger
2016 GMC Savana Passenger
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$32,990 - $50,095 11/17 mpg
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2016 Ford Transit Wagon
2016 Ford Transit Wagon
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$33,175 - $43,995 N/A
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2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Crew Vans
2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Crew Vans
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$39,170 - $44,430 N/A
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2016 Freightliner Sprinter Crew Vans
2016 Freightliner Sprinter Crew Vans
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$39,170 - $44,430 N/A
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2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Vans
2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Vans
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$40,745 - $46,940 N/A
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2016 Freightliner Sprinter Passenger Vans
2016 Freightliner Sprinter Passenger Vans
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$40,745 - $46,940 N/A
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2015 Kia Sedona Review

2015 Kia Sedona Review
Minivans are the grilled chicken breast of the automotive world: Wholesome but inherently dull. And that’s why we applaud Kia for attempting to make the all-new 2015 Sedona a more interesting prospect with the addition of a few carefully selected SUV cues. We don’t expect to see Range Rover buyers stampeding for Kia showrooms, but...

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2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T Review

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T Review
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2012 Chevrolet Orlando Review

2012 Chevrolet Orlando Review
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2011 Nissan Quest LE Review

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.

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Review
Thanks to an updated design, revamped interior, upgraded suspension and powerful new V6 engine, Dodge’s minivan is more than just an attractively priced alternative to better products.

2011 Scion xD Review

2011 Scion xD Review
Over the past few years the sub-compact segment has exploded with new vehicles like the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2. Long before those cars, Scion was early to the game with the xD, but without a major refresh, this econo-box is looking particularly square.

2011 Toyota Sienna SE Review

2011 Toyota Sienna SE Review
With its Swagger Wagon style that’s sure to appeal more to the emotional side of buyers, the new 2011 Toyota Sienna SE isn’t without its flaws, with a stiff ride and noticeable cost-saving measures.

2010 Honda Odyssey

2010 Honda Odyssey
Getting near the end of its run, this generation of the Odyssey continues to offer space, fuel-economy, a versatile seat layout, as well as Honda’s reputation for reliability and durability.
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