Once considered to be the most boring family vehicles on the market, minivans are now cooler than ever before. Not only are today’s newest models engaging to drive, but they also offer a plethora of entertainment features. Let’s take a look at the top minivans of 2018.
2018 Honda Odyssey
Over the years, excellent long-term reliability and a spacious interior have helped the Odyssey to remain a top contender. However, the all-new version proves to be more than just a dependable family hauler. You are destined to fall in love with this minivan’s smooth driving dynamics.
Motivating the new Odyssey is a stout V6 engine, which develops 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Honda’s highly acclaimed i-VTEC technology helps the Odyssey to deliver a strong performance without guzzling down fuel. A 28-mpg highway fuel economy rating makes the Odyssey perfect for traveling. Handling is also impressive for a vehicle that weighs more than 4,500 pounds.
Overall comfort is clearly one of the Odyssey’s best qualities. Even passengers sitting in the third-row seat will enjoy plenty of legroom. Standard features include a 5.0-inch display screen, Bluetooth technology, and a backup camera. All the higher trim levels provide Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Meanwhile, everyone in your family will like the available Wi-Fi hot spot.
The 2018 Odyssey was chosen as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. It also offers an array of driving aids, including automatic braking and blind-spot monitoring.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica
The top-rated 2018 Chrysler Pacifica has won over a lot of drivers. They appreciate the Pacifica’s sleek exterior styling and array of family-friendly features. Your loved ones can also take advantage of the Pacifica’s excellent crash protection.
Like so many of today’s other new minivans, the Pacifica comes standard with a potent V6 engine. It develops a healthy 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Whether merging onto the freeway or accelerating from a stop, the Pacifica always feels strong. In terms of fuel efficiency, you can anticipate getting up to 28 mpg. Keep in mind that Chrysler also offers a hybrid version of the Pacifica, which can travel a spectacular 33 miles without using any fuel.
On the inside, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica’s Stow ‘n Go seats enable you to easily shuffle around passengers and cargo. While the base model comes loaded with useful features like a touchscreen infotainment system and a backup camera, some worthy options are available as well.
If you want to keep children satisfied, the UConnect Theater system is a must-have upgrade. This dual-screen system enables youngsters to play video games and watch movies throughout the day. A surround-view parking camera and forward collision warning come standard with the optional Advanced SafetyTec package.
2018 Toyota Sienna
Class-leading power and sportier styling highlight the 2018 Toyota Sienna. While the Sienna’s main priority is comfortably hauling around families, it still manages to keep drivers engaged. Furthermore, a more impressive number of features now come standard.
Toyota’s updated V6 engine churns out a brawny 296 horsepower. With so much power on tap, the Sienna never seems to feel exhausted. Acceleration is aided by the minivan’s eight-speed automatic transmission. A 3,500-pound towing capacity enables you to confidently pull small campers and ATVs. Fuel economy stands at 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The new Sienna is recommended for the drivers who live in snow-prone areas. It is currently the only minivan on the market that offers all-wheel drive.
To help the 2018 Sienna to remain competitive, Toyota loaded it with an extensive list of standard safety innovations. While automatic braking comes in handy during emergency situations, lane-keep assist prevents you from accidentally wandering across the line. You will also have access to several nice features. Toyota’s Entune infotainment system now offers a built-in Wi-Fi connection. Your family can easily stream movies via the rear-seat entertainment system.
The new Sienna is the perfect alternative to a crossover SUV.
2018 Kia Sedona
The 2018 Kia Sedona has one of the lowest starting prices in the class. Fortunately, it does not suffer from a lack of quality. Easy-to-use features make the Sedona an especially good choice for older drivers. A best-in-class, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty helps protect your investment.
A 276-horsepower engine comes standard on every trim. Although the Kia Sedona is not the sportiest minivan you can buy, it has more than enough muscle for most drivers. When traveling on the open road, expect the Sedona to return up to 24 mpg. The van’s suspension system is tuned to deliver the smoothest possible ride.
Large doors and sliding second-row seats enable passengers to easily climb inside the Sedona. While the Sedona’s cabin may not look especially luxurious, it ranks among the best values on the market. Bluetooth connectivity, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, and a backup camera come standard. An optional birds-eye view camera enhances your visibility in congested parking areas. Top Safety Pick credentials give you another reason to consider the new Sedona. When tested in real-world conditions, the Sedona’s automatic emergency braking system did a great job of detecting a potential crash.
2018 Dodge Caravan
Although the 2018 Dodge Caravan is a step behind in terms of technology, you simply can’t beat its affordability. Prices start at less than $25,000 for the well-equipped base model. Featuring blacked-out exterior trim and a sporty set of wheels, the Blacktop appearance package gives the Caravan an additional measure of style.
Every trim in the lineup comes equipped with a Pentastar V6 engine, which produces a competitive 283 horsepower. Upon pressing down on the accelerator, the Caravan immediately comes to life. Good fuel economy also helps make the Caravan a practical family vehicle. When cruising along the interstate, you can get up to 25 mpg. If you aren’t satisfied with the standard Caravan’s handling, the GT trim’s sports-tuned suspension should inspire you with more confidence.
Value is clearly a strong point for the 2018 Dodge Caravan. A tri-zone climate control system, a backup camera, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen come standard. All trims can be outfitted with a DVD entertainment system. In contrast to most new models, the Caravan does not offer a lot of advanced driving aids. Nevertheless, available blind-spot monitoring helps you to remain aware of oncoming vehicles.