Minivan-embracing moms and dads don’t need to be convinced of just how functional this type of vehicle is for families. With sliding doors, tons of space and great safety features, what’s not to love about a minivan? And the best part is they seem to be getting cooler (yes, cool minivans exist!) all the time.
If you’re in the market for a new minivan, still contemplating the minivan vs. SUV debate or just want to check out some minivan eye candy, we’ve got just the thing.
Here’s a look at some of the coolest and best minivans on the market. The pool of contenders isn’t huge due to the shrinking number of minivans currently available, but these four stood out for their ultra-family-friendly features. Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments!
This brand new minivan replaces the discontinued Town and Country and has a starting MSRP of $28,595.
- It’s the only minivan on the market to offer a hybrid engine option. It can be driven up to 30 miles on electric power alone, Edmunds reports.
- The easy-to-use Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system comes standard, along with Second-Row Easy Tilt Seating that makes it easier to access the third row.
- Enviable options include parallel and perpendicular park assist, a 360-degree surround view camera and the Stow ‘n Vac built-in vacuum (because whose minivan doesn’t need a good vacuuming almost any day of the week?).
- The optional dual-screen Uconnect Theater rear entertainment system even has built-in games.
The Honda Odyssey has long ranked among the top minivans on the market. The 2016 model has a starting MSRP of $29,550.
- A unique multi-function second-row center seat can be moved forward for easier access to the third row.
- An eight-inch screen on the dash can display incoming calls or text messages, music info and fuel consumption.
- Optional features include the HondaVAC built-in vacuum and Honda LaneWatch where a camera displays live video before you turn or merge to the right.
- Take lots of road trips? Your family will love the lower storage bin and “Cool Box” that keeps drinks and snacks cold while you drive.
The “Swagger Wagon,” as Toyota calls its Sienna, is another popular choice for families and has a starting MSRP of $29,750.
- The Sienna is the only minivan in America that offers an All-Wheel Drive system.
- Third-row access is easier with second-row seat cushions that tip up and seats that slide forward.
- The available dual moonroof means parents and kids can enjoy the breeze and the view.
- Kids fighting over what to watch on the rear entertainment system? No problem with the Sienna, which has an optional Dual-View Blu-ray Disc Entertainment Center that can display one wide image or two different, smaller images.
- No more yelling over the kids. This minivan’s Driver Easy Speak option offers a built-in microphone that picks up your voice and transmits it through the back speakers. Priceless.
A more affordable option with a starting MSRP of $26,400, the Kia Sedona has much to offer families.
- This minivan’s available second-row First-Class Lounge Seating includes reclining seats with adjustable armrests, winged headrests and retractable footrests. (Kia notes that the recline and footrest features can reduce effectiveness of the safety restraint system – do your research in advance).
- Slide-N-Stow seating means there’s a wide range of seating configurations, including the ability to fold the second row upright and stow the third row under the floor.
- Hate parking in tight spots? The Surround View Monitor uses four mounted cameras to offer a bird’s-eye view on the in-dash screen.
- Safety features include the Forward Collision Warning System, blind spot detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
- Families are likely to appreciate the Sedona’s stain-resistant fabric.
What’s your favorite minivan? Tell us in comments.