Minivans are considered by some to be bland and unexciting, especially when compared to the ever-growing crossover ranks. But the truth is, minivans just do some things better. They offer expansive cargo space, plenty of seating, luxury features for less money, advanced safety tech, and a smooth driving experience. Even today, they are often the best choice for busy families. Let's take a look at some of the best minivans available for 2020.
The Honda Odyssey has long been ranked as one of the best minivans you can buy, and it's no different for the latest models in 2020. It continues to be a favorite because it offers hearty power, a roomy interior, lots of creature comforts, and top safety and reliability scores. It's hard to beat that. The Odyssey comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 putting out 280 horsepower and a nine-speed automatic transmission. If you jump to higher trims, you can get features like a 4G Wifi hotspot, an in-cabin monitoring camera and an onboard vacuum cleaner.
Chrysler's Pacifica only narrowly gets the second spot on this list, mainly due to reliability and safety ratings being too new to match up with Honda. This model replaced the previous Town & Country in 2016, and it is thoroughly modernized for 2020. The standard engine is a 287-horsepower V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Pacifica is especially known for its clever Stow 'n Go second row of seats, which easily fold down into floor-space cubbies when not in use. The Pacifica Hybrid is the only plug-in hybrid minivan on the market, and it offers 32 miles of all-electric driving and 520 miles of total range.
The Sienna can boast strong reliability ratings with the Toyota name behind it. Often called the Camry of minivans, the Sienna doesn't disappoint with its comfortable ride, high-quality interior features, and a powerful 3.5-liter V6 putting out nearly 300 horsepower. The Sienna also claims something exclusive to its class by offering all-wheel drive as an option. Standard safety features on the Sienna include lane-departure warning, a rearview camera, and automatic emergency braking. The main downside to this current Sienna is its age, having been on the market in this generation since 2010.
One of the common complaints about minivans is that they have a boxy, unexciting appearance. The Kia Sedona breaks this mold with a sleek, edgy profile that could almost be called stylish. Inside, you'll find room for eight passengers, plus a smooth and comfortable ride. Like the Odyssey, the Sedona comes with a near-perfect safety score and plenty of standard safety features, including blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
The Grand Caravan is one of the more venerable entries in this list as it's been relatively unchanged since 2008. Despite that, it still sells well and has plenty of features to appeal to 2020 minivan shoppers. The other attractive feature of the Grand Caravan is it offers one of the best values in the minivan segment. For well under $30,000, you'll get a 283-horsepower V6, seating for seven and the aforementioned Stow 'n Go second row.