1. 2015 HONDA ODYSSEY
Starting price: $27,501
The 2015 Honda Odyssey is one of the best minivans on the road today. With one of the best price points of all modern minivans in the upper 20s, the van also gets great fuel economy with a 19 MPG (city) and 28 MPG (highway) rating. The Odyssey is one of the most reliable makes of automobile produced today, and it also ranks high for safety performance.
The van is an extremely comfortable ride, and has some of the best family-friendly features in its class. The van has some of the best cargo space on the market today, and all seats to include the third row in the auto are spacious enough for adults to sit comfortably. The Odyssey comes standard with a rearview camera, power-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth, a seven-speaker audio system, Pandora, and an eight inch infotainment display system. For those who like to keep their van clean, Honda even provides the ability to upgrade to include a Honda VAC built-in vacuum.
2. 2015 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY
Starting price: $30,496
The Chrysler Town & Country has been one of the best minivans on the road for a number of years and counting now. The van is affordably priced, and sees decent fuel economy with a 17 MPG (city) and 25 MPG (highway) rating. The van features a number of family-friendly standard options as well as one of the best adjustable seating systems on the market today. The auto is powered by an extremely capable V-6 engine; however, it can be a bit noisier than other van motors on the market today.
Chrysler has gone out of their way to design the interior of the van with high-end materials, and the fold-flat design of the second-row of seats makes expanding the cargo space very straight forward. The Town & Country comes standard with a rearview camera, second-row video screen, DVD players, leather upholstery, six-speaker audio system, and two USB ports. Additional features available for the van include a Blu-ray player, third-row video screen, nine-speaker audio system, blind spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors.
3. 2015 TOYOTA SIENNA
Starting price: $27,921
The 2015 Toyota Sienna is one of the top minivans on the road today. The Sienna’s entry-level price point is just $27,921, and the van sees decent fuel economy with an 18 MPG (city) and 25 MPG (highway) rating. The cargo space for the auto is more than seen in most other vans, and Toyota has redesigned the cabin of the vehicle to make the automobile more user-friendly.
The van is powered by an extremely capable V-6 engine that is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sienna also delivers an extremely comfortable ride and includes a sport-tuned suspension. The second-row of seats in the van do slide forward to make it easier for passengers to access the third row, and standard features on the Sienna include Bluetooth, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, touch-screen audio system, and USB port. There are a number of options that consumers can choose to add to the van when purchasing new to include satellite radio, push-button start, and rear parking sensors.
4. 2015 KIA SEDONA
Starting price: $26,323
The 2015 Kia Sedona is one of the best minivans on the road today. Although Kia has not been in the van market as long as many of its competitors, the Sedona has quickly become one of the top options for consumers to choose from. The redesigned van gets decent fuel economy with an 18 MPG (city) and 24 MPG (highway) rating. Although the van could ride more comfortably, Kia really put some effort into making the interior of the van more lavish and expanded the number of high-tech features that consumers can enjoy.
The Sedona is powered by a V-6 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is a bit slow-shifting, but it is sufficient to meet the needs of most families. Standard features in the Sedona include the Slide-n-Stow second-row of seats, a four-speaker audio system, USB port, and satellite radio. Consumers can also choose to include a power liftgate, surround-view parking camera system, and Kia’s UVO touch-screen infotainment system as add-ons to the vehicle when purchasing it new.
5. 2015 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN
Starting price: $22,353
The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the top minivans on the road today. The Grand Caravan has one of the lowest price points of all minivans on the market today, and it gets decent fuel economy with a 17 MPG (city) and 25 MPG (highway) rating. The van is powered by a V-6 engine that is a bit noisier than other quality vans on the market today, and it is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The van also includes Stow ‘n Go seats that make the cargo area one of the most spacious on the market today. The auto comes standard with a third-row tailgate seat that can be turned around to face to the rear, a four-speaker audio system, and auxiliary audio jack. Consumers can also choose to add a number of options to the vehicle to include leather upholstery, heated front and second-row seats, rear cross and blind spot monitoring, and a dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system combined with the Dodge Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system.
6. 2015 NISSAN QUEST
Starting price: $26,852
The 2015 Nissan Quest is one of the top minivans on the market today. Although the van does not come with as many standard features as other top vans on the market, it has gained significantly in popularity with the public during its relatively short production history. With a starting price in the mid-20s, the Quest features some of the best fuel economy of all autos in its class with a 20 MPG (city) and 27 MPG (highway) rating.
The vehicle is powered by a V-6 engine that is rated as delivering more than sufficient power and acceleration to meet the driver’s needs. The Quest also has above average brakes when compared to other vans, and it rides comfortably. Standard features on the auto include heated front seats, USB ports, Bluetooth, push-button start, auxiliary audio input, and a four-speaker audio system. Consumers can also choose between other features to add on to their purchase to include a 13-speaker Bose audio system, rear-seat entertainment system, a sunroof, and navigation system.
7. 2015 MAZDA MAZDA5
Starting price: $21,113
The Mazda5 is the only minivan produced by Mazda, and it is one of the best minivans on the road today. The automobile is one of the least expensive vans on the market today with an entry-level price point of just $21,113, and it also gets respectable fuel economy with a 21 MPG (city) and 28 MPG (highway) rating. The Mazda5 is also one of the most responsive handling vans sold today; however, the overall cargo space in the vehicle is rated below average.
The auto comes stock with a V-4 engine that produces sufficient power for the majority of family needs; however, it does have trouble coping with a full load of passengers and / or cargo in the van. Sporting a contemporary design, the Mazda5 comes standard with automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, auxiliary audio input, and USB port. Consumers can also choose to upgrade the vehicle to include heated front seats, a leather upholstery, moon roof, and rear parking sensors.
8. 2016 KIA SEDONA
Starting price: $26,817
The 2016 Kia Sedona is the third generation of the Kia minivan line, and the manufacturer has picked up where they left off with the 2015 model producing one of the best minivans on the road today. The 2016 edition of the Sedona gets above average fuel economy with an 18 MPG (city) and a 24 MPG (highway) rating.
The interior is extremely luxurious when compared to other minivans; however, the van is rated to have sluggish acceleration and handles below average on the highway at speed. The rearview camera is now standard on the vehicle, and the V-6 engine comes stock with the Sedona. Standard features on the minivan include a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 4.3 inch touch screen. Additional options that consumers can add to the Sedona when purchasing the vehicle new are Kia’s UVO infotainment system, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system.
9. 2016 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY
Starting price: $29,995
The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country has built on the successes of the 2015 edition of the minivan. The van is powered by a V-6 3.6 liter engine that is rated at 260 ft-lbs of torque and 220 horsepower. The vehicle’s fuel efficiency is rated at 17 MPG (city) and 25 MPG (highway) putting it above average when compared to other minivans on the market today.
The drivetrain is coupled to an automatic transmission, and front wheel drive comes stock on all of the 2016 model year options. The company is waiting to confirm all of the standard features on the new edition of the Town & Country; however, it will include those that came stock on the 2015 model year edition of the van to include second-row video screen, six-speaker audio system, rearview camera, and DVD players. It’s expected that the company will include blind spot monitoring and rear parking sensors as stock options for this model year vice making them options as in years past.
10. 2016 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN
Starting price: $27,395
The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan is another 2016 model year automobile that has made big improvements over the 2015 model year vehicle. The van is powered by a 3.6 liter V-6 engine that I rated at 220 horsepower, and gets above average fuel efficiency with a 17 MPG (city) and 25 MPG (highway) rating. Dodge has gone out of their way to ensure the van is extremely family-friendly with its safety features to include four-wheel ABS and disc brakes, the full range of air bags (driver, passenger, side and rear head, and side air bags, brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control.
Although Dodge has not released the standard options for the 2016 edition of the Grand Caravan yet, it is expected that the company will continue to include the poplar Stow ‘n Go seats that have made the van one of the best for stowing cargo on the market, the rotating tailgate seat, auxiliary audio jack, and four-speaker audio system.
11. 2015 FORD TRANSIT
Starting price: $33,465
The 2015 Ford Transit is one of the best vans on the road today. Although officially classified as a full-sized van, the auto is commonly purchased by families who are in the market for a quality minivan. With a decent entry-level price point in the low 30s, the Transit is available in three different body lengths and roof heights as well as two different wheelbases.
The van can be configured to seat up to 15 people making it one of the best vehicles for large families on the market today. It can alternatively be reconfigured to be a cargo hauler. Standard features in the auto include LED interior lighting, a 270 degree rear-door opening, and the choice between a 3.7 liter V-6, 3.5 liter twin-turbo V-6, or a newly released 3.2 liter turbo diesel engine. All of the van choices come with rear-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmissions as stock equipment. The top speed of the van is 97 MPH, and the stock V-6 is rated at 310 horsepower.