Depending on your day-to-day automobile needs, you might consider purchasing a minivan. Minivans are great for families with a lot of children (and cargo). Minivans are some of the most pragmatic, useful vehicles out there on the road today. They tend to have sliding doors that are more convenient to open when you have your hands full, and these doors are also beneficial if you have kids traipsing in and out. Minivans sometimes get a bad rap because they are less flashy than other cars out there, butthey’re actually quite underrated in the auto world. Their storage capacity, sturdiness, and ease-of-use are all great reasons why you should look into getting a minivan. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10minivans on the market in 2015. For each car, we’ll do a description of its advantages, features and basic stats. Let’s get started!
Top 10 Minivans for 2015
#1: Toyota Sienna
Called “the original swagger wagon” by the manufacturer, the Toyota Sienna is a good, solid car and has been marked as “one to watch” by many auto magazines and customer guides. The Sienna gets 18miles to the gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. It comes in a wide range of colors, and the inside is even more luxurious than the outside. The wraparound dashboard design makes all the controls easily accessible to the driver, and the leather seating is both stylish and comfortable. Behind the third row, you get 39 cubic feet of space, and if you fold down the third row of seats, you get 150. The Sienna seats six people, and these seats are easily adjustable if need be. The engine is a 3.5L V6, and the Sienna gets 266 horsepower. The minivan also has projector-beam headlights (those come with smoked lenses) and LED taillights for extra safety and security when driving at night. The wheels are also equally sturdy, as they are 19inches of alloy.
#2: Kia Sedona EX
J.D. Power rated this minivan as the car with the “highest ranked vehicle appeal among minivans.” It is award winning and offers a lot of customized features that are specific to the Kia brand. One example of this is the Smart Power Liftgate, which makes the trunk of the car easier to maneuver than other larger-size vehicles. The bold front grille and upswept beltline of the Kia Sedona make for a stylish exterior, while the interior seating is luxurious and spacious (the car seats six, with those seats being easy to adjust for extra room). The specs on the car are impressive: the Sedona has a 3.3L V6 engine with 276 horsepower. It gets 18mpg in the city and 24 on the highway, according to the EPA. The car comes with side-impact door beams, brake assist control, front and rear crumple zones, and more safety features to ensure a secure ride. There is also a UVO eServices Infotainment System that comes with the car to keep your passengers happy.
#3: Mazda CX-5
This car was named a top safety pick for minivans by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (when the car is equipped with the Smart City Brake Support feature). The Mazda CX-5 has a sleek, smooth exterior that is unique for most minivans. The exterior’s uniqueness is paired with that of the interior, which seats five. The CX-5 gets a whopping 35mpg on the highway. The 2.0L engine also comes in 2.5L. The all-wheel drive on the minivan is another safety feature that will keep you and your family in good shape come wintertime. The exterior is inspired, according to Kia, by “the predatory stance of an animal stalking its prey.” That vivid description isn’t inaccurate; the exterior is smooth and sculpted for minimal wind resistance. The Smart Brake Support, which was lauded by the IIHS, will automatically apply the brakes when your car is going over 10miles per hour and an oncoming collision is sensed. The Smart City Brake Support is the same feature, except this is applicable when your car is going between two and 18miles per hour (i.e., when you’re driving in the city). This system reduces the chance of any frontal collision, and attempts to minimize the damage in a worst-case scenario.
#4: Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
This versatile and pragmatic automobile comes in a variety of colors and seats up to seven people. The Grand Caravan has a lot of cargo space as well, and the car itself comes with a patented Stow n’ Go Storage System, which allows you to easily fold down the second and third row of seating in order to increase the cargo space to 143 cubic feet. The technology of the Grand Caravan is also a major selling point for the brand. It is the first minivan of its kind to offer a DVD and Blu-Ray Entertainment System with a nine-inch screen that will allow you to play whatever your passengers want. With this system comes two infrared headphones, a remote control, two rear USB ports (always convenient for those of us in need of cellphone chargers) and an HDMI connection. The technological advancements of the Dodge Grand Caravan are what make it one of the top 2015 minivans. The engine is a hardy 3.6L V6 Pentastar with dual Variable Valve Timing. It gets 283 horsepower and 25 miles to the gallon on the highway.
#5: Nissan Quest SV
This car is unique looking on the exterior, and it often has been compared to a minivan version of a town car. It has a 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve V6 engine, and the Nissan Xtronic Continual Variable Transmission ensures a smooth ride with variable gear ratios and no “shift shock.” Parking isn’t difficult with this vehicle; it comes with the Around View Monitor, which allows you to get a bird’s-eye view of the car and easily navigate your way into parking spaces (parking difficulties should never be an obstacle to purchasing a great car). There is also a Blind Spot Warning feature, which, as all drivers know, is a major advantage, as our blind spot is one of the most common causes of accidents. There is an audible alert that will let you know if there is a car in your blind spot and you should therefore not merge. The car’s safety features are also impressive, and the Nissan comes with roof-mounted side airbags and supplemental dual-stage front airbags, among other features. The Nissan Quest SV gets an average of 20miles to the gallon, according to the EPA.
#6: Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Town & Country minivans are a popular vehicle for a reason, as they have been noted as practical, sturdy and, most importantly, reliable cars for families and people in need of a lot of cargo space. This minivan model has been around for three decades, with modernizations and improvements made every year. It comes with 143 cubic feet of space and gets 25 miles to the gallon on the highway and 17 in the city. The Chrysler Town & Country is also an advanced vehicle, as it comes with Radio 430N with Navigation and Sirius XM Radio. There is also a TravelLink feature, which allows you to look up news stories, sports features, and more (this feature is not available while the vehicle is in motion, for safety reasons). There are three rows of seats, which fold down in order to increase storage capacity. There is also a third row tailgate feature. The Chrysler Town & Country comes with a Blu-Ray and DVD Entertainment feature. The safety of the Chrysler Town & Country is also immense, as it comes with a SafetyTec package that includes Blind Spot Monitoring, ParkSense Rear Park Assist, Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers, Rear Cross Path Detection and more.
#7: Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey is another well-known brand that has gotten rave reviews. The Special Edition comes with extra features, including HondaVAC, Rear Entertainment System with wireless headsets, a115V power outlet, and Sirius XM Radio. The Odyssey is very spacious and seats up to eight people. It has 176 cubic feet of available passenger volume. There are five car seat anchors, for families with a lot of kids. The Odyssey can be personalized easily, and the exterior comes in a wide range of different colors. The engine is a V6 with 283 horsepower. For cargo, you get 148.5 cubic feet of space. According to Kelley Blue Book, the Honda Odyssey is the “best buy of the year” when it comes to minivans. The safety features of the Odyssey likely factor into those accolades, as it has a rearview camera to assist you with parking, forward collision and lane departure warnings, and an electronic brake distribution that will always allow you to stop in time. The brakes also have an anti-locking feature as well. This minivan, if less than three years old, will also qualify for the HondaCare VSC plan, which entitles you to maintenance perks.
#8: Mercedes-Benz Metris
This luxury minivan gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 24 on the highway. Its engine is 2.0L and 4cylinders, with 208 horsepower. The Metris has a towing capacity of 4,960 pounds. It is a heavy-duty car from one of the most respected automakers in the world. The Mercedes-Benz Metris has sleeker dimensions than many of the other minivans out there, and it is smaller than its sibling, the Sprinter. The Metris has a seven-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive and can seat up to eight passengers. The technology on the Metris is also impressive, particularly when it comes to its safety features. It has Crosswind Assist and load-adaptive stability control, which will help keep the minivan stable even when it is carrying a lot of cargo. Its top speed is 101 miles per hour, and the Metris was given a five out of five-star rating by Car and Driver. This van is most noted for its ability to easily maneuver throughout the city.
#9: Chev Traverse
The debate is still ongoingover whether or not the Chev Traverse counts as a minivan, but for all intents and purposes (it seats eight), it is. The Traverse is highlyrated because of its cargo and seating capacity, but the technological and safety advancements of the vehicle are also major benefits to anyone looking to purchase a midsize SUV crossover. This Traverse made the list of the Best Family Cars in Parents Magazine. 4G LTE Wi-Fi is available from OnStar, and there is 116.3 cubic feet of storage space. The vehicle’s safety score was a whopping five stars, and the second row of seating comes with Smart Slide technology, making it easy to adjust and configure in order to meet your seating needs. The specs on the car also show that it packs a lot of punch under the hood. It has a 5,200-pound towing capability and 3.6L V6 engine with 288 horsepower and 270 pounds of torque. Two maintenance visits are included for free with this car, as well as 60,000 free miles of roadside assistance. Blind Zone alerts, Rear Cross traffic alerts and Forward Collision alerts are also available for this car in order to optimize your safety.
#10: Ford Transit Connect Wagon
This minivan is especially useful for large families or for people with businesses that require a lot of cargo trafficking to and fro. This car is aimed toward larger families and can seat up to seven passengers. This Wagon is an extension of the Transit Connect, which seats five. The fuel economy of this minivan is excellent, and the 1.6L EcoBoost Engine will get you 30mpg or more on the highway, making it one of the best fuel-efficient minivans out there. The Transit Connect Wagon will soon be given an addendum of a 2.5L, 4-cylinder engine for car buyers who want to add an extra element of power to their drive.
Hopefully this list has helped you become more informed about the top minivans on the market today. Minivans are an excellent, economical, and fuel-efficient way to maximize your cargo and passenger potential. Happy shopping!
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