Best Minivans For 2019

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A lover of all things automotive, Anthony has been writing about cars in one way or another since high school. Besides his CarsDirect work, he also dabbles in fiction and travel writing. When he's not putting pen to paper, you can probably find him roaming a junkyard or driving his Mazda Miata.


, Automotive Editor - February 21, 2019

After years of initial popularity, minivans began falling out of favor in lieu of tougher-looking SUVs. It's too bad, because the minivan is an ideal family vehicle, marrying the space of massive SUVs with the efficiency and maneuverability of smaller cars and crossovers.

Nonetheless, buyers have stayed away. The result is that many manufacturers have abandoned the segment altogether. The lack of choice precludes us from offering three distinct recommendations, but the two options presented here should please families with even the most demanding expectations.

Best Overall: Honda Odyssey
2019 Honda Odyssey

Why it's a top pick: What's most impressive is the model's cohesiveness – as if designers and engineers adhered to the goal of making the best minivan for families. The result is a quiet and comfortable cabin, cavernous 87 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, and so-called Magic Slide second-row seats that move in four directions to suit the needs of families.

Worth knowing: Honda's suite of active safety features (such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist) is included on all but the base trim. For that reason alone, we'd recommend stepping up to any of the better-equipped models.

Honorable Mentions: Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna

Best Fuel Efficency: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Why it's a top pick: As the only hybrid minivan available, the Pacifica Hybrid was a shoe-in for this one. Don't let that discount from the dramatic efficiency of this people-mover, though. Its EPA-estimated 32 miles of electric range tops other electric family vehicles such as the Toyota Prius Prime and Volvo XC90 Hybrid. When not running exclusively on electricity, the Pacifica Hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon combined.

Worth knowing: The Pacifica Hybrid carries a rather high base price of $39,995 before any options or destination charges, but its status as an EV means buyers qualify for a $7,500 tax credit.

Honorable Mentions: Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey

, Automotive Editor

A lover of all things automotive, Anthony has been writing about cars in one way or another since high school. Besides his CarsDirect work, he also dabbles in fiction and travel writing. When he's not putting pen to paper, you can probably find him roaming a junkyard or driving his Mazda Miata.


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