The Best Minivans for Families Oct 18, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Most minivans on the market have similar seating and storage, but that doesn’t mean they are the same. As a parent, you want to look for versatility, comfort, safety, and technology that can keep your children entertained at all times. The best minivans have innovations that make life easier for you as well as your children. Take a look at our top picks and their different appeals.
The newest minivan and one of the best, the Chrysler Pacifica offers the latest technology. The first generation of this new vehicle offers both a regular gasoline engine and a hybrid powertrain. The Pacifica has an attractive interior and features packaged in a sleek style that looks more like an SUV. Busy parents will appreciate the foot-activated power doors, available in-car vacuum, and innovative Stow ‘n Go seats that make changing the interior arrangements easier than any other model.
The Honda Odyssey is a great option for kids and families. Parents truly appreciate the fact that you don’t have to worry about cleaning up messes. When your toddlers accidentally spill their snack, you can use the HondaVac to clean it up without lugging a vacuum outside on an extension cord. The large sliding doors make it easy for kids to get in and out. While the style is unimpressive, this minivan has top-rated features and plenty of storage space for games, sports equipment, snacks, and more.
The Kia Sedona stands out as an affordable option that still makes safety a priority: this minivan is a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick. The Smart Power Liftgate makes it easy to open the trunk without using your hands, perfect when carrying a child or baggage. Parents will truly appreciate the stain-resistant interior cloth that makes cleaning up a breeze. While not as popular as the leading models, the redesigned Kia Sedona offers an affordable alternative.
The Nissan Quest breaks stereotypes of what a minivan should look like, albeit not in a way that appeals to everyone. However, the blocky appearance is paired with wraparound windows and a floating roof will appeal to everyone. Parents might appreciate the one-touch power sliding doors and liftgate and the seats were even designed to reduce fatigue. Your kids will enjoy looking out through the available dual-opening glass moonroof and the storage compartment in the second-row console.
For those who prioritize having enough space for their entire family and their gear, then the Toyota Sienna is a clear winner. This minivan has enough room for your kids to keep their favorite activities in the seats, such as coloring books, toys, and tablets. You can not only remove the second-row center seat, but you can also store it in the back if you don’t need it, increasing the interior space without leaving the seat behind. This is also one of the very few models on the market with an available all-wheel drive for inclement weather. The Sienna has a conservative style and unassuming drive, but it is undeniably reliable and safe for your children.