Best Used Minivan
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Best Used Minivan

By Autolist Editorial | April 24, 2021

You are running out of room in your SUV or crossover. The kids have a ton of gear to carry with them, or you find yourself chauffeuring them and their friends all over town. You need a vehicle that can carry everyone and easily be converted to have a large cargo space. The best-used minivans on the market can fulfill these needs.

When shopping for your next family vehicle, consider its reliability ratings, safety features, and technology standard features. You can find a reliable and quality used car in a recent model year. This will save you money by skipping the dealership and losing value on a new minivan.

Consider the best used minivans for your next vehicle purchase.


1. Chrysler Pacifica

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The Chrysler Pacifica was produced from 2004 to 2008. It made a reappearance in 2017 and continues to be produced as a replacement for the Chrysler Town & Country. While you may get a good deal on a first-generation model, the newer generation vehicles are worth the investment because they have the latest technology, plenty of safety features, and modern styling.

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The Stow 'n Go system lets you quickly and easily lower the power-folding third-row seats to expand the 32.2 cubic feet of cargo space into 140.5 cubic feet. It is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 287 horsepower and achieves an impressive 19/28 miles per gallon. This helps it to rank above other minivans, which cannot compete with its fuel economy.

Depending on the model you buy, it will have either a five or 8.4-inch touchscreen. Other optional features include zoned climate control, heated seats, power sliding doors, remote start, and a rear entertainment system. Safety features also abound on the Pacifica with blind-spot monitoring, rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Browse used Chrysler Pacifica listings here.


2. Honda Odyssey

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The Odyssey has been a reliable family vehicle for years, with the most recent redesign in 2018. It boosts the minivans’ horsepower, cargo room, and a number of features. Unique to other minivans, the Odyssey is four-wheel-drive. It is powered by a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and nine-speed automatic. This gives it a standard fuel economy of 19/28 mpg.

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You will find a decent amount of cargo space behind the seats at 32.8 cubic feet. This increases to 89.2 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded down. For the maximum amount of cargo space, you can remove the second-row seats and have a total of 144.9 cubic feet.

The Odyssey comes with a long list of available safety features. This includes pre-collision braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and park assist.

Browse used Honda Odyssey listings here.


3. Dodge Grand Caravan

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When shopping for a used Grand Caravan, consider buying a newer model to take advantage of recent technology additions. A 6.5-inch touchscreen and rearview camera were added in 2017. If these features are not important, then considering older models will be more affordable.

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Powering your minivan is a 3.6-liter V6 engine capable of producing 283 horsepower. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 17/25 miles per gallon. Similar to other minivans on this list, the Grand Caravan offers 31.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats with a maximum capacity of 140.3 cubic feet.

While base models tend to lack safety features, you can find several available on higher models like the Grand Caravan R/T. These safety features include a rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alerts, parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring.

Browse used Dodge Grand Caravan listings here.


4. Kia Sedona

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When shopping for a used Kia Sedona, consider newer models. Kia redesigned the Sedona in 2015, added safety features in 2017, and made smartphone integration standard for 2019 models. The cabin is quiet and outfitted with upscale materials. It also has a UVO 4.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system.

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You won’t be disappointed with the 3.3-liter V6 engine that produced 276 horsepower and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It will achieve an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Behind the rear seats, you have 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the third-row seats down, and this increases to 78.4 cubic feet. Fold the second-row seats down, and you have a total of 142 cubic feet.

The Sedona was replaced for the 2022 model year with the Kia Carnival.

Browse used Kia Sedona listings here.


5. Toyota Sienna

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As one of the minivans still in production, the 2021 model received a full redesign. Older models are just as impressive as the newer models. The Sienna stands out because it comes optional with all-wheel-drive. This is something that is not common among minivans. Powering the Sienna is a V6 engine producing 296 horsepower. Choose an SE model, and you will enjoy the sport-tuned suspension.

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Look for a model that is 2015 or newer so that it comes with an infotainment system. This will give you a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, Driver Easy Speak, and smartphone integration. The Sienna gives you plenty of room with 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space that can increase to a maximum of 150 cubic feet.

You will appreciate all of the safety features that are included and keep your family safe with the front and rear parking assist, rear cross-traffic alert, rearview camera, pre-collision system, and brake assist.

Browse used Toyota Sienna listings here.


6. Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon

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Ford takes a different approach with their minivan. The passenger wagon entered the market in 2010 and has largely flown under the radar for private ownership. This means people are missing out on a van that is highly configurable, versatile, and delivers impressive performance.

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This front-wheel-drive van comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and can seat up to seven people. You will also find models with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 169 horsepower and diesel options.

A 6.5-inch touchscreen can be used for navigation and the SYNC infotainment system. Driver-assist features include a forward and reverse sensing system, blind-spot monitoring, MyKey, and a rearview camera. A standout feature available is the Panoramic fixed-glass Vista Roof.

Browse used Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon listings here.


7. Nissan Quest

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There were three generations of the Quest produced from 1993 through 2016. These minivans remain popular for their above-average reliability ratings. It comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive. It gets an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg in the city and on the highway.

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The Quest stands out because it comes with either a five or eight-inch infotainment screen, navigation system, and a flip-down 11-inch DVD screen. You will find the infotainment system to be easy to navigate with a user-friendly interface. Safety features include blind-spot monitoring and a 360-degree camera.

Cargo space is a bit limited when compared to other minivans. There are 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats that increase to 63.6 when you fold the seats down.

Browse used Nissan Quest listings here.


8. Chrysler Town and Country

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One of the most well-known minivans is the Chrysler Town and Country. With good reason, as it comes with a long list of standard features, versatile Stow 'n Go seating, and a powerful V6 engine. The 283 horsepower will help you get up and go even with a carload full of passengers. However, this power does come at a cost with an EPA fuel rating of 17/25 mpg.

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The interior is spacious, with 33 cubic feet behind the seats and a total of 143.8 cubic feet with the seats folded down. This minivan is outfitted with a suite of features. This includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, and an optional second and third-row dual-screen entertainment system.

If safety features are important to you, then look for a model with the Safetytec package. It adds rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring to your minivan.

Browse used Chrysler Town and Country listings here.


9. Volkswagen Routan

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Despite the Routan no longer being in production, it is still a smart purchase. This minivan offers you strong safety ratings and respectable performance. The V6 engine gets an EPA-estimated 17/25 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway and can produce 283 horsepower. You will be impressed by the smooth ride and the responsive handling.

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Volkswagen outfitted this minivan with quality interior materials, a quality six-speaker audio system, rear-seat entertainment system, heated first and second-row seats, Bluetooth, and tri-zone automatic climate control. It also comes with the driver-assist features of blind-spot monitoring and a rearview camera.

The Routan is competitive when it comes to cargo space. There are 32.7 cubic feet in the rear, and if you fold down the seats, it increases to 144.4 cubic feet. The power-folding seats make it easy to use the available cargo space.

Browse used Volkswagen Routan listings here.


10. Mazda Mazda5

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The Mazda5 does not get talked about much when comparing minivans, but it should. It was in production from 2006 through 2015, so you will only find used models on the market today. This no-frills minivan may lack the fancy features or bells and whistles that other models have. However, it stays true to the Mazda reputation and is fun to drive with responsive handling and agility. It also achieves the fuel economy of a small car, making it a more affordable option.

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Under the hood is a four-cylinder engine that is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. It gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Mazda gave it a tuned suspension and sharp steering to reduce the typical minivan body roll.

The drawback of the Mazda5 is that even with the third row folded, you only get 44.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Some models come with some nice features, such as a moonroof, leather upholstery, heated seats, and Bluetooth.

Browse used Mazda Mazda5 listings here.