2020 Minivans

Minivans are to parents what pickup trucks are to farm owners. You can virtually pack up your entire house in a 203 x 79 inch box with wheels complete with three adults, two children, and two dogs and hit the road without squirming for comfort. They might not look very appealing to most people but Minivans, by their very definition are probably the most versatile format of vehicles out there. They come with three full rows of seats with all of them capable enough to accommodate adults. Then there are the sliding doors that ensure no parking space is too tight and everyone and get on and off with ease. Any parent can confidently state the ease of loading and unloading kids and pets.

And when you’re not hauling people around or half the neighborhood kids to soccer practice, the minivan is equally useful as a truck. Yes, it can’t accommodate anything higher than its roofline but that is still a pretty high ceiling, literally. Minivans usually come with folding seats and benches that almost fall flat to the floor enabling owners to practically move houses. Plus, with Honda offering seats that slide sideways, and Chrysler offering a luxury option in the Pacifica, it seems the Minivan future is worth looking forward to. We only hope more manufacturers sold Minivans in the US market. The refrain is understandable given the preference towards SUVs but as a family vehicle, the minivan is hard to beat and manufacturers can look into that.

Pros and Cons of Minivans

Pros: 

  • Sliding Doors
  • Utilitarian 
  • Cargo capability 
  • Passenger space
  • Versatility
 

Cons: 

  • Not the most appealing designs 
  • Fuel consumption 
  • Lack of options in the market  

What's Available in Minivans?

Considering that there are only five minivans on sale in the market and one of them, the Dodge Grand Caravan isn’t available in all states so that leaves us with essentially four nationwide options in the minivan space. This is going to be a short list.  Dodge Grand Caravan  2018 dodge grand caravan The Dodge Grand Caravan is the oldest model on the market today. It debuted 12 years ago in 2008 and the last proper refresh it received was in 2012. The Grand Caravan is old and while it may no longer boast of the innovative features of its rivals, it remains a cavernous and utilitarian vehicle. It is still a good option for someone who’s primary goal is to haul people and goods. Provided he/she doesn’t care much about creature comforts or technology. It still gets the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Ironically though, the Caravan is not available to buy in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
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Honda Odyssey

2019 honda odyssey Honda has just revealed the updated Odyssey and it improves the long running best seller even further. Honda has fixed the styling, which is one of the big changes. It now looks like conventional modern minivan. The engine is the same 3.5-liter V6 unit making 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The cabin will be upgraded but the layout will remain unchanged. One of the defining features of the Odyssey are the versatile rear bench that can not only be separated into two separate seats but can also slide to and fro and laterally. There’s a reason the Odyssey has been the number one minivan in the US for decades.
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Chrysler Pacifica

It is clear that Chrysler is betting big on the Pacifica. Not only has the minivan already received a prominent mid-life facelift, it also features significant upgrades. The updated Pacifica gets AWD and the new Pinnacle trim that adds a touch of luxury to the minivan. It offers quilted leather seats, soft-touch premium materials and even throw pillows on the captain seats in the second row. Plus, in Chrysler’s opinion and ours it does look more like a crossover. Therefore, it just might be hitting the right buttons with its potential customers. Then there is the ‘stow and go’ functionality that puts the Honda Magic seats to shame. The second and third rows can be stowed in the floor at the pull of a lever revealing a completely flat loading bay. Just like the other minivans, the Pacifica too is powered by a V6 displacing nearly 3.5 litres which makes 287 hp. It is also the only minivan that is also offered as a hybrid. The AWD and Pinnacle will be available at dealers from the second quarter of 2020. And the new 2021 Pacifica will arrive by fall.

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Toyota Sienna 

The Toyota Sienna is probably the most spacious minivan on sale today even if it does get stiff competition from the Honda Odyssey. It is available in both 7 and 8 seater configurations while the middle seat in the rear bench is removable. The third row falls flat if you have to move a lot of stuff or maybe half of Walmart. Unfortunately though, the middle row isn’t as versatile as the others. In the Pacifica you get the ‘stow and go’ but the middle seats of the Toyota have to be physically removed and can seriously dent your spirits if you’re looking to make time. That drawback aside, the Sienna is as solid a vehicle as they come. The Sienna too is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 making 296 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. The higher models come equipped with AWD as well, there is however no hybrid on offer. 
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Kia Sedona

2019 kia sedona The Kia Sedona is currently in its third generation and is the only other minivan apart from the upcoming refreshed Chrysler Pacifica that looks more akin to a crossover. The Sedona is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 that pushes out 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The Sedona offers quite a bang for the buck. Despite being one of the more affordable options it boasts of features like slide and stow for the second row, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a whole suite of safety features as standard. It does, however, fall short in terms of cargo space compared to its
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What’s Coming for Minivans?

There isn’t anything radically different in the pipeline as far as minivans are concerned but there are couple of new generation vehicles incoming. The Kia Sedona is all set to get a generation change. The vehicle will get a design overhaul and will feature a face similar to the recently revealed Sorento crossover. The cabin is also set to be upgraded especially thanks to the Pacifica which has set the bar quite high. The engine options will likely be carried over as is. However, a hybrid option might join the lineup as well. We can also expect the safety suite to be upgraded and offered as standard across the range 

The Sienna too is gearing up for a complete overhaul. It will feature a new design (obviously) and the new minivan will be based on the TNGA platform which also supports electrification. So, the engines will be carried over and it might sport a face similar to the Highlander, but it will probably get a hybrid option as well. In addition, we sincerely hope it gets an intuitive infotainment system and a stow away for the middle row.

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