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.
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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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.
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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.