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Perfect People Movers: 2018 Minivan Comparison Guide

motor1 logo motor1 5/25/2018 Jim Gorzelany

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Here’s a look at how the remaining minivans on the market stack up, in terms of size, power, and accommodations.

Minivans are arguably the most ideal rides for growing families. They’re roomy enough to accommodate as many as eight passengers, with slide open rear-side doors that make fastening kids into their car seats easier, multiple cup holders and storage cubbies, and configurable seating for maximum passenger- and cargo-carrying flexibility.

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While styling and other details differ among competitors, as you can see from the chart we’ve complied below, there are more similarities than differences among the five minivans remaining on the market (six, including the plug-in hybrid version of the Chrysler Pacifica). They’re all similarly sized inside and out, come powered by V6 engines, feature automatic transmissions, and ride on front-drive platforms (the Toyota Sienna is the only model to alternatively offer all-wheel-drive for added foul-weather traction).

Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica PHEV

Dodge Grand Caravan

Honda Odyssey

Kia Sedona

Toyota Sienna

Price Range







Drive Type








3.6-liter V6

3.6-liter V6 gas/electric hybrid

3.6-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.3-liter V6

3.5-liter V6









9-Speed Auto

CVT Auto

6-Speed Auto

9/10-Speed Auto

6-Speed Auto

8-Speed Auto

MPG City/Highway


84 e-mpg battery/32 mpg gas (combined city/highway)




19/27 (AWD: 18/24)

Appropriately, minivans also tend to offer the most family-friendly features of any vehicle type, especially rear-seat entertainment systems and multiple power and connectivity points for mobile devices, along with many or all of the latest safety equipment, including a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, automatic forward braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane departure warning/lane keeping system.

Chrysler PacificaChrysler Pacifica PHEVDodge Grand CaravanHonda OdysseyKia SedonaToyota Sienna
Number of Passengers7/8777/87/87/8
Child/Booster Seat LATCH Tethers442533
Warranty Basic, Powertrain (years/miles)3/36,000, 5/60,0003/36,000, 5/60,0003/36,000, 5/60,0003/36,000, 5/60,0005/60,000, 10/100,0003/36,000, 5/60,000
Cargo Space Behind 3rd Row32.3 cu ft.32.3 cu ft.31.1 cu. ft.32.8 cu. ft.33.9 cu. ft.39.1 cu.ft.
Cargo Space Behind 2nd Row87.5 cu. ft.87.5 cu. ft.78.9 cu. ft.88.8 cu. ft.78.4 cu. ft.87.1 cu. ft.
Cargo Space Behind 1st Row 140.5 cu. ft. 140.5 cu. ft. 140.3 cu. ft. 144.9 cu. ft.142.0 cu. ft.  150.0 cu. ft.

Unique amenities in this segment include frills like built-in vacuum cleaners, systems that let the driver communicate with third-row riders without having to shout, and foot-operated power rear-side doors, but are often limited to costlier trim levels. MSRP ranges noted below for each of the 2018 minivan offerings are for the lowest- and highest-priced versions in each model line; they include destination charges, but not options, fees, or taxes.

Chrysler PacificaChrysler Pacifica PHEVDodge Grand CaravanHonda OdysseyKia SedonaToyota Sienna
Noteworthy FeaturesStow ‘n Go seating, built-in vacuum, foot-operated power side doors, active noise cancellation.33-mile battery-only range, eligible for $7,500 federal tax credit.Super Stow ‘n Go seating.Cabin Watch/Talk, built-in vacuum, Magic Slide 2nd row seat.Second-row “first class” seats with footrests, wireless phone charger. Power-extending Mobility Access seat, Driver Easy Speak, AWD. 


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