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Best Minivans: Which One Should I Buy?

Best Minivans

Best Minivans

Whether you have seven children or just became a new mom or dad, minivans make sense. Minivans are efficient, safe, spacious, and surprisingly not bad to drive.

Our top picks score well on Insurance Institute For Highway Safety tests, and all have seven or eight-seat configurations depending on their trims. Here are the best minivans on the US market in 2021.

Also, check out the best lease deals on minivans for this month.

Are you looking for a vehicle to comfortably seat the whole family? Check out all our picks for the best family vehicles.

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Best Minivans Comparison

ModelNotable FeatureAWD AvailabilityAnnual Fuel CostIIHS Safety Rating
Toyota SiennaElectric AWDOptional$1,200 Top Safety Pick+
Honda OdysseyMagic Slide SeatsN/A$1,900 Top Safety Pick+
Chrysler Pacifica84 MPGe Plug-in HybridAvailable$,1050Top Safety Pick 2020 (Expected for 2022)
Tesla Model X0-60 MPH in as low as 2.5 secondsStandard$600Not Tested
Kia Carnival MPVSUV StylingN/APredicted $1,800Not Tested

1. The Benchmark - Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna MinivanToyota’s Sienna is a perennial top-seller and has been the minivan that has offered all-wheel drive the longest. For 2021, Toyota made big changes to the Sienna that give it tremendous added value. The new standard hybrid powertrain offers 245 hp. As minivans go, that is more than enough power, but not the most you will find. What makes the Sienna unusual is that it also packs an electric all-wheel drive system and earns a 35 MPG Combined EPA estimated fuel economy rating.

The Sienna’s fuel economy will save its owners $14,000 over its lifetime by comparison to the Honda Odyssey. That is a third of its total new car price tag. And there is no lack of performance noticeable.

The Sienna has the highest possible safety rating and comes with two years of included maintenance at no added cost. As you can see, the Sienna has earned its spot at the top of our list by being good at everything.

The Sienna combines its amazing fuel economy and all-wheel drive with a very competitive and affordable price tag and legendary reliability.

Pros

  • Fuel economy
  • Safety
  • All-wheel drive
  • Value
  • Included maintenance

Cons

  • Not the most plush
  • Not the quietest
  • Not the fastest

Current Toyota Sienna Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2021ToyotaSienna$5002.49%$329/month for 36 months, $2,999 due at signing10/4/2021

You may qualify for additional deals and incentives, check out this month's Toyota deals here.

2. The Classic Design Done Best - Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey MinivanThe Odyssey is a gem of a vehicle, not just a good minivan. This past summer, the FTBCP staff used an Odyssey on a vacation road trip to the mountains, hauling four generations of our family around in relaxed comfort.

The Honda Odyssey makes no mistakes. This van works well, and every Honda owner will enjoy that same satisfying driving sensation offered by the Pilot or the Accord when they are behind the wheel.

Families who want a minivan with the classic layout, a plush ride, and great features for the dollar should look no further than the Honda Odyssey.

Pros

  • Comfort
  • Convenience
  • Safety

Cons

  • Only offered in front-wheel drive
  • Worst fuel economy in its class
  • Oldest design

Current Honda Odyssey Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2022HondaOdyssey1.90%11/1/2021

You may qualify for additional deals and incentives, check out this month's Honda deals here.

3. A Plug-in With Few Downsides - Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica MinivanThe Chrysler Pacifica is presently the sales leader among minivans in America. It is only fitting since this is the company that invented the minivan. Chrysler hasn’t been sitting on that old design though. Rather, the Pacifica line has everything any modern family might desire. Unfortunately, not all in one trim.

The Pacifica can be an all-wheel drive or it can have an amazing plug-in hybrid drivetrain, but unlike in the Sienna or Model X, you can’t combine them. If you only want one or the other, this is the van to start with.

The Pacifica has just been updated and offers modern infotainment, great seating, cargo flexibility, available all-wheel drive with its conventional engine, or an 82 MPGe plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Pros

  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Plug-in hybrid offers federal tax incentives
  • All-wheel drive available on some trims

Cons

  • Can't combine AWD and plug-in powertrain
  • Not yet rated by IIHS

Current Chrysler Pacifica Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2021ChryslerPacifica$1,000 3.08%$349/month for 36 months, $3,799 due at signing9/30/2021
2021ChryslerPacifica Hybrid$1,750 $179/month for 36 months, $3,999 due at signing9/30/2021

You may qualify for additional deals and incentives, check out this month's Chrysler deals here.

4. Hey, Why Not!? - Tesla Model X Long-Range

Tesla Model X MinivanThe Model X is a performance vehicle that has over 1,000 hp in some trims and can run from 0-60 MPH faster than almost every supercar made today (2.5 seconds). If you need your minivan to be your sports car as well, look no further than the Telsa Model X.

Since the Model X is a battery-electric vehicle, the range is important. Not to worry. The Model X Long Range, the least expensive trim, can travel 371 miles on a single charge. When the kids need a bathroom break, pull into a Supercharger to top off the battery pack and say hello to your fellow Tesla owners. Despite having amazing performance, the Model X has an annual fuel cost of just $600, one-third of the Odyssey’s energy cost.

The Model X is not for families on a budget. With a starting price over $90,000, it’s strictly for the well-to-do.

Pros

  • Amazing performance
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Glass roof
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Novel gullwing doors

Cons

  • Very high price tag
  • Quality is not a strong point
  • No spare tire on any trim
  • Least cargo volume
  • No roof-top storage possibility

Preview: The One to Watch - 2022 Kia Carnival

Kia Carnival MinivanKia has risen to the top of the reliability charts, and its last three vehicles, the Seltos, Niro, and Telluride top their segments in the opinion of most reviewers. This year, Kia will launch an all-new minivan it calls the Carnival MPV. Those initials stand for “multi-purpose vehicle,” which translates in American English to “minivan.”

Those families looking for a fresh design and who favor Kia’s brand would be wise to look at the Carnival after it arrives mid-summer. Every Kia packs incredible value, and we expect the Carnival may become the value leader in this segment.

Kia is promising best-in-class passenger and cargo space, and like all Kia’s, the new Carnival will come with a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Pros

  • Best warranty in the business
  • Class-leading space
  • Predicted long term quality

Cons

  • Early production vehicles may have some glitches (typical of all-new designs)
  • No AWD
  • No green powertrain
  • Limited availability in 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best minivan on the market?

The best minivan depends on your priorities. It is hard to argue the Toyota Sienna is not the most well-rounded of the current minivans for sale since it has a green powertrain, top safety scores, all-wheel drive, and legendary reliability.

What is the best-selling minivan?

The top-selling minivan is the Chrysler Pacifica. The Pacifica is notable in that it offers all-wheel drive and also a plug-in hybrid powertrain option.

What is the best minivan to buy used?

The Honda Odyssey has the best reputation for lightly-used used minivans. However, for minivans approaching ten years old, shoppers may wish to consider the Toyota Sienna’s higher reliability ratings.

What is the most comfortable minivan?

Based on our testing, the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey tie for the most comfortable minivan. That includes seating comfort, ride comfort, and low noise levels.