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?
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.
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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.
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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.