A Minivan MPG Comparison: Top 6 Models

March 18, 2013
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When it comes to the minivan MPG ratings, the numbers may actually surprise you. Minivans aren't thought of as fuel efficient cars, but more as gas guzzlers. However, there are many models out there that can do just as good as cars, and even better than. Minivan fuel efficiency has been increasing slightly, and many models are in the mid-twenties for highway ratings, and near twenty miles per gallon in the city. Here are some of the best minivans when it comes to minivan fuel efficiency.

Mazda M5

The Mazda M5 is the best option out there when it comes to minivan mileage. The M5 isn't the prototypical minivan. It is smaller than most, and only has a four cylinder engine. This mix allows it to get better ratings, and the title of 'Most Fuel-Efficient Minivan'. The M5 can get 28 miles per gallon on the highway and 22 miles per gallon in the city.

Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey is one of the better minivans out there, and it does just fine when it comes to gas mileage. The Odyssey comes with a powerful 3.5 liter V6 engine, meaning that it should not do well with fuel. It actually does pretty good, coming in at 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 miles per gallon in the city. That is for the manual transmission version, and the automatic version gets about 2 miles per gallon less on average.

Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna is practically the same thing as the Odyssey, since they are nearly the same size and contain the same features. The Sienna has a more powerful engine, same 3.5 liter V6, but with about 30 more horsepower than the Odyssey. Due to this, it gets a little less gas mileage and comes in at 23 miles per gallon on the highway, and 17 miles per gallon in the city.

Volkswagen Routan

The Routan is one of the more powerful minivans on this list. It comes with a 4.0 liter V6 engine, which has 250 plus horsepower. The ratings for the Routan are 25 miles per gallon on the highway, and 17 miles per gallon in the city. Surprisingly, the 3.8 liter V6 trim version gets around 2 miles less per gallon on both the highway and city.

Chrysler Town & Country

The Chrysler Town & Country is also very similar to the models above. The 4.0 liter V6 six speed automatic trim model can get 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 17 miles per gallon in the city. The 3.8 liter V6 only gets 23 miles per gallon on the highway, and 16 miles per gallon in the city.

Dodge Caravan & Grand Caravan

Both of these models have 4.0 liter V6 engines available, which can produce 25 miles per gallon on the highway, and 17 miles per gallon in the city. They also come in 3.8 liter models as well, and get 2 miles per gallon less on each rating. You can also get a lower tier engine, a 3.3 liter V6, and still come away with 24 miles per gallon on the highway, and 17 miles per gallon in the city.

Related Questions and Answers

What Has Better MPG, Minivans, SUVS, or Sedans?

Sedans traditionally have better MPG when compared to minivans MPG ratings. Sedans generally have the best fuel economy because they couple smaller, lighter vehicle bodies with fuel efficient four- and six-cylinder engines. MPG-boosting hybrid technology is also most common with sedans. Minivans MPG rankings are second. Although minivans are large vehicles and almost always have V6 engines, most minivans MPG ratings are aided by the fact that vans are front-wheel drive, meaning that they do not have MPG-sapping all-wheel drive systems. SUVs get lower MPGs when compared with minivans MPG, as sport utilities are the most likely to have large engines, primitive transmissions and four-wheel drive systems.

What is the Best Van for Gas Mileage But Also Has the Most Seats?

The best van gas mileage is offered by the 4.0 liter V6 engine used in a trio of minivans manufactured by Chrysler Motors LLC for the 2010 model year. The following vans are rated at 17 MPG city and 25 MPG highway. These 'best van gas mileage' vans are the Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Volkswagen Routan, which is manufactured for Volkswagen by Chrysler. All three vans are built at the Chrysler plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Accommodations for up to eight passengers are available when the Town and Country, Caravan or Routan is ordered with a bench seat in the second row. This allows for two passengers in the front seat captains chairs, and three passengers each in the second and third row benches.

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