Best Minivans

Our top picks for the best minivan on the market right now
  • Best overall minivan: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Best all-weather minivan: Toyota Sienna
  • Best upscale minivan: Kia Sedona
  • Best Canadian-built minivan: Chrysler Pacifica
  • Best minivan for driving enthusiasts: Honda Odyssey
  • Best Minivan for budget buyers: Dodge Grand Caravan

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Best overall minivan
  • Why you should buy this: It's the only minivan with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
  • Who it's for: families keen on reducing their reliance on fossil fuels.
  • How much will it cost? US$39,995 | C$50,695+

Pacifica Reviews and News

Minivan Dads Rejoice: New 2021 Pacifica Now Gets All-Wheel Drive

With a more utility-focused look and updated styling, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica finally gets AWD - an option for minivan families hitting the snow & ice.

Toyota Sienna

Best all-weather minivan
  • Why you should buy this: Traction to challenge that of SUVs and crossovers
  • Who it's for: Drivers in colder climes looking for dependable family transportation
  • How much will it cost? US$31,115 | C$35,145+ ($41,350+ with AWD)

Minivan with AWD

Why we picked the Toyota Sienna: For decades, Toyota has been building some of the most reliable cars on the road, and the Sienna is no exception. Consumer Reports recommends the Sienna for many reasons, its robust construction being a key one, but we also like it for being the only minivan available today with all-wheel drive. For 2019, Toyota expanded the Sienna's AWD offerings, too: now, all but the base model can be optioned with AWD. The latest version also adds the Apple CarPlay smartphone integration platform, though Android Auto is still off the table. Toyota offers the Sienna with either seven or eight seats with a choice of two middle-row bucket seats or a three-place bench. All trims come with three-zone automatic climate control and an eight-way power driver's seat is standard starting in the LE trim, at less than C$39,000. We like the Sienna's engine, a 3.5L V6 with Toyota's dual fuel injection system, which uses both port and direct injection to better tailor engine performance to different driving situations and save fuel. Also standard is an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Kia Sedona

Best upscale minivan
  • Why you should buy this: Big-time luxury kit in SXL+ trim.
  • Who it's for: Family drivers not willing to give up on upscale features so they can have a practical vehicle.
  • How much will it cost? US$27,000 | C$28,495+ (C$39,065+ if you're feeling fancy)

Luxury Minivan Priced Right

Why we picked the Kia Sedona: One of our favourite available features in the Sedona is the option of second-row bucket seats with kick-out leg rests, which arguably make these the most comfortable positions in the van. They're standard in SXL and SXL+ trims, but sadly can't be combined with heated cushions; those are only included in the SX+ variant. However, the less expensive LX comes standard with a heated steering wheel and the SXL+ gets ventilated front seats. Among the Sedona's more notable features is a chauffeur switch on the front passenger seat that lets someone riding behind it to adjust the front seat for more legroom. Kia puts its powerful 3.3L V6 in the Sedona, which routes 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed transmission to the front front wheels. Despite the Sedona's luxury leader status among minivans, Kia also boasts one of the lowest starting MSRPs of C$28,495 for the entry-level L trim.

Chrysler Pacifica

Best Canadian-built minivan
  • Why you should buy this: Because you appreciate vehicles built in Canada
  • Who it's for: Shoppers looking to keep their money north of the border
  • How much will it cost: US$26,995 | C$31,195+

Chrysler Pacifica Reviews & News

Honda Odyssey

Best minivan for driving enthusiasts
  • Why you should buy this: Interesting styling and strong performance
  • Who it's for: Drivers not willing to give up on having a bit of fun
  • How much will it cost? US$30,090 | C$34,890

2018 Honda Odyssey Review: Family Dad Vs. Dude Without Kids

2018 Honda Odyssey review
The new Honda minivan is here. So we had our two journalists - the dude with no kids and the family man minivan dad - put the top-end 2018 Odyssey Touring to the test.

Dodge Grand Caravan

Best Minivan for budget buyers
  • Why you should buy this: It's inexpensive.
  • Who it's for: Buyers looking for the biggest bang for their buck.
  • How much will it cost? US$26,250 | C$26,245

Affordable Minivan

Why we picked the Dodge Grand Caravan: Largely unchanged since 2008, the Grand Caravan looks and feels like it has been forgotten by its maker. It's boxy where other minivans sport rounded bodies and its interior is mostly made of inexpensive-feeling plastic. Kia may have the edge in terms of lowest MSRP with its Sedona, but Dodge's parent company, Chrysler, always seems to have some sort of discount available to let the Grand Caravan handily undercut its more modern rivals. Dodge uses the same Pentastar V6 engine and nine-speed transmission as the Chrysler Pacifica, so the Grand Caravan can at least boast strong performance in a straight line, as well as good fuel economy. A soft suspension makes for a comfortable ride, but don't expect much in the way of handling prowess. The Grand Caravan also offers little in the way of advanced safety features. Blind spot monitoring and rear park assist are available in an option package, but if you want items like collision warning with automatic braking and lane keep assist, you have to move up to the more expensive Pacifica. On the plus side, the Grand Caravan is one of two minivans (the other being the Pacifica) available with second-row seats that stow in the floor so that you don't have to remove them for maximum cargo capacity.

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