2014 Minivan Buyers Guide

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Minivans maximize family practicality at all costs. Unfortunately, that often means missing out on certain aspects of car ownership that matter to most drivers. For example, even someone like Pierce Brosnan would have a hard time looking stylish in a van littered with smashed breakfast cereal.

What's New

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 01Most families with space needs beyond typical sedan capacity opt for a crossover or SUV, which means the minivan segment is shrinking. There are only a handful of products left to buy.

That 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.

Choices are few in the minivan world today. The staple Dodge Grand Caravan still exists (for now), as does its more expensive Chrysler Town & Country cousin.

Toyota, Honda and Nissan all still offer minivans as well. Neither the Toyota Sienna nor the Nissan Quest received major changes for the 2013 model year.  Nissan added its AroundView monitor system to make parking easier. Meanwhile, the Sienna loses its four-cylinder option and gets new standard features.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Minivan Comparison Test

But the big story for features in a minivan this year comes by way of the Odyssey. Redesigned for 2014, Honda added what is arguably one of the most logical option imaginable: a built-in vacuum cleaner. That option will cost you, however, as it’s only available on the top-trim EX-L Touring Elite, priced at $44,450.

WHAT’S COMING

With the debut of a new Mazda3, look for the 3-based Mazda5 to be all-new within the next year or so, sporting SkyActiv technologies like a lighter curb weight and more efficient engines.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Minivan

After many years without a proper minivan, Ford will re-enter the segment with a seven-passenger Transit Connect Wagon; essentially a consumer version of the company's commercial Transit Connect van. As well, the Kia Sedona returns this year.

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2014 Mazda Mazda5
2014 Mazda Mazda5
view 4 trims
$20,140 - $24,670 21/28 mpg
1 reviews
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan
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$20,895 - $29,995 17/25 mpg
2 reviews
2014 Ram Cargo Van
2014 Ram Cargo Van
view 1 trims
$21,825 18/26 mpg
0 reviews
2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
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$24,525 - $29,000 20/28 mpg
0 reviews
2014 Kia Sedona
2014 Kia Sedona
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$25,900 - $30,900 17/24 mpg
0 reviews
2014 Nissan Quest
2014 Nissan Quest
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$26,220 - $42,870 19/25 mpg
0 reviews
2014 Toyota Sienna
2014 Toyota Sienna
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$26,920 - $41,710 16/23 mpg
0 reviews
2014 Ram ProMaster
2014 Ram ProMaster
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$28,630 - $36,150 N/A
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2014 Honda Odyssey
2014 Honda Odyssey
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$28,825 - $44,450 19/28 mpg
1 reviews
2014 Ford Econoline Wagon
2014 Ford Econoline Wagon
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$30,230 - $37,320 11/15 mpg
0 reviews
2014 Chrysler Town & Country
2014 Chrysler Town & Country
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$30,765 - $41,995 17/25 mpg
1 reviews
2014 GMC Savana Passenger
2014 GMC Savana Passenger
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$30,970 - $48,970 11/17 mpg
1 reviews
2014 Chevrolet Express Passenger
2014 Chevrolet Express Passenger
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$30,970 - $48,970 11/17 mpg
0 reviews
2014 Nissan NVP
2014 Nissan NVP
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$32,320 - $38,320 N/A
0 reviews
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Crew Vans
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Crew Vans
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$37,710 - $42,890 N/A
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2014 Freightliner Sprinter Crew Vans
2014 Freightliner Sprinter Crew Vans
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$37,710 - $42,890 N/A
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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Vans
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Vans
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$40,015 - $45,500 N/A
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2014 Freightliner Sprinter Passenger Vans
2014 Freightliner Sprinter Passenger Vans
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$40,015 - $45,500 N/A
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