A Minivan Mileage Comparison: Top 10 Models

January 27, 2012

Minivan mileage is often thought of being very low, comparable to that of SUVs. However, this has not been the case over the past few years. Car companies have seen that consumers want more fuel efficient vehicles, and minivans are no different. Minivans are family cars that usually hold a lot of people, and money may be scarce. The more money you can save on gas the better, so in turn, minivan MPG ratings have increased. Here are some minivan comparisons between the top models when it comes to minivan fuel economy.

Mazda 5 

The Mazda 5 model is the most fuel efficient minivan on the market. The Mazda 5 is not the quintessential minivan. It is small, and doesn't have a powerful engine. It does drive more like a car or SUV than a minivan. Since the vehicle is much lighter than other minivans, naturally it should be more fuel efficient. It also only has a four cylinder engine, when most minivans have a V6 engine. The Mazda 5 can get up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway and 22 miles per gallon in the city. That is for the automatic transmission, and the manual gets one mile less per gallon on average. It definitely has the best fuel economy, but before buying it make sure there is enough space for cargo and your family.

Dodge Caravan

The Dodge Caravan, and Grand Caravan both come in at number two on the list. On average, the EPA rates both models as to having 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 20 miles per gallon in the city. It only is equipped with a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine, and may lack the power you need when the car is full.

Honda Odyssey / Toyota Sienna / Chrysler Town & Country

These three models above, the Odyssey, Sienna, and Town & Country are some of the highly rated minivans in general, when everything is taken into account. These three minivans boast of the same fuel economy ratings. They can achieve 26 miles per gallon on the highway, and 19 miles per gallon in the city. Again, these numbers are the automatic transmission numbers, and manual transmissions come in about one mile per gallon less. They have the same ratings because these vehicles are competitors, and come with a lot of the same features. They are all around the same size, weight, and all come with 3.8 and 4.0 liter V6 engines. 

Lower Tiers

There are some ties for the next slot. These vehicles are all in the 24 to 25 miles per gallon range on the highway, and 17 to 18 miles per gallon in the city. Some of the minivans on this part of the list are the:

  • Hyundai Entourage
  • Mazda MPV
  • Kia Sedona
  • Nissan Quest
  • Chevy Uplander

These vehicles still get some decent ratings, and all of these come as V6 engines ranging from 3.3 liters to 3.9 liters. 

Overall, minivan mileage is not too big of a problem anymore with many models coming in at 25 miles per gallon or more.

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