Best Minivans For 2021

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - February 11, 2021

With SUVs of all sizes now offering three rows of seats, fewer consumers are purchasing minivans. That’s a shame because the body style still has the most to offer shoppers in need of a versatile, spacious vehicle. In a bid to keep consumers interested in minivans, automakers have started to pack them will all sorts of nifty features, like fridges, vacuum cleaners, and intercom systems.

There aren’t a lot of minivans on the market these days, but the options that are on sale offer efficient hybrid powertrains, unmatched convenience features, and multiple seating arrangements. Some automakers have even given minivans outlandish designs to make them more attractive – a move we think just might work. Here are the best minivans you can buy in 2021.

See our guides for the best crossovers and best SUVs for some great alternatives.

Best Minivan Overall: Honda Odyssey
2021 Honda Odyssey

Why it's a top pick: The Honda Odyssey is the quintessential minivan, offering a spacious interior, up to 92.3 cubic feet of cargo space, a powerful 280-horsepower V6 engine, attractive styling, and every handy feature under the sun to transport up to eight. The Odyssey comes with Honda’s Magic Slide system that lets owners slide the second-row seats in multiple configurations. Other convenience features include a built-in vacuum, an in-cabin camera, and an intercom system.

Worth knowing: For 2021, every Odyssey now comes with Honda Sensing as standard equipment, which is a major addition. The suite includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Honorable mentions: Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Pacifica

Best Minivan Value: Chrysler Pacifica
2021 Chrysler Pacifica

Why it's a top pick: With a starting price tag of $36,540 including destination, the Chrysler Pacifica isn’t the most affordable minivan on the market, but it comes with more standard features than the majority of options in the class. A 10.1-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a power liftgate are all standard. Chrysler also offers its Stow ‘n Go second and third-row seats that fold flat into the floor for a maximum cargo capacity of 140.5 cubic feet.

Worth knowing: Unlike other minivans, Chrysler offers all-wheel drive as standard on the Limited and Pinnacle trims. Lower trim levels can be fitted with all-wheel drive for $2,995. Standard all-wheel drive helps the range-topping Pinnacle trim to feel like a true luxury option.

Honorable mentions: Chrysler Voyager, Kia Sedona

Best Minivan For Fuel Efficiency: Toyota Sienna
2021 Toyota Sienna

Why it's a top pick: Toyota offers the all-new 2021 Sienna with a hybrid powertrain. Every Sienna comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. Combined output is rated at 245 horsepower and front-wheel-drive models are rated at up to 36 mpg combined. Even more impressively, all-wheel-drive Siennas can get up to 35 mpg combined. Other V6-powered competitors in the class are rated at up to 22 mpg combined.

Worth knowing: The 2021 Sienna has one of the more aggressive designs of any minivan on sale, but Toyota sells the sporty XSE trim that adds even more athletic touches. Black exterior trim pieces, 20-inch wheels (on front-wheel-drive models), sport front seats, and a sport-tuned suspension are included. If you’re looking for a minivan that looks unlike anything else on the market, the Sienna is the obvious choice.

Honorable mentions: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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