• The Best Minivan to Buy Based on Seat Capacity, Safety, and Reliability

    When it comes to the best minivan, there are many models in the conversation. The minivan is usually the best family vehicle if you have a lot of passengers. Here are some of the best new and used minivans out there when different things such as capacity, safety, and reliability are brought into the equation.

    Honda Odyssey

    The Odyssey has many price points ranging from $25,000 to $40,000 depending on what level trim you get. It has been ranked the top minivan by many time and time again. The Odyssey comes equipped with a powerful V6 engine that can get nearly 250 horsepower and 240 foot pounds of torque. When it comes to safety, the Odyssey is also right up there. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety received the top scores in its crash tests (Good). It comes equipped with electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes. It also has rollover sensors which will deploy airbags if the car senses that a rollover is about to occur. It has a reliable warranty from Honda, which is for three years and 36,000 miles. It has a powertrain warranty of five years and 60,000 miles.

    Toyota Sienna

    The Sienna is the main competitor of the Honda Odyssey. The Sienna prices in the $35,000 range. The Sienna offers you the choice of two engines; a 4 cylinder and a V6, which can get 187 and 266 horsepower respectively. The fuel economy is pretty decent for a minivan, coming in at 24 miles per gallon on the highway and 19 miles per gallon in the city. Safety wise, it was a IIHS top safety pick for the year, which only the best models receive. It got a rating of “Good” on all of its crash tests, and also comes with electronic stability control, as well as a bevy of airbags including driver knee airbags. It has three rows of seats, with the back seats being easy to move in case you need to store some large items. For reliability, J.D. Power & Associates gives it a 10 out of 10. It has the same warranty as the Odyssey, and it should be noted that the Sienna was not affected by the Toyota recalls. 

    Chrysler Town & Country

    The last minivan on the list is the Chrysler Town & Country. This model ranges from $25,000 to $35,000. It comes with a 3.3 liter V6 engine standard, but can be upgraded to as many as 4 liters. It has an average fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon on the highway and 17 miles per gallon in the city. It comes with a “Swivel ‘N Go” seating system for the second and third, meaning seats can be turned and a table can actually be used inside. For safety, it received top scores as well, and boasts of electronic stability control, side airbags for all three rows, and built-in child restraints. It comes with a three year, 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, as well as a five year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.