Ah, minivans. We love to hate on you, but you’re honestly some of the most iconic vehicles ever. I mean, who can forget the Volkswagen Minibus that basically defined an entire generation?

Needless to say though, the minivan is a type of vehicle that isn’t for everybody. Sure, they may have risen in popularity in recent years thanks to #VanLife influencers and digital nomads, but for the most part, the only people that buy minivans are people with larger-than-average families. Still, when it comes to choosing the right minivan, quality and safety are key. Today, we’ll take a look at the best (and worst) minivans out on the market. 

Best minivans 

2021 Chrysler Pacifica 

Here’s everything you want in a good minivan: a reliable engine, plenty of cargo space, and good fuel economy. If you want a versatile pick with flexible storage options, this is definitely a good pick. 

In terms of safety, you’ll get pretty standard features with the Pacifica, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and rearview camera, among others. 

2021 Honda Odyssey

A fan favorite for quite a long time, there’s no doubt that the Honda Odyssey is one of the best minivans out there. Known for offering uncharacteristically un-minivan-like driving characteristics, this pick can haul some serious a**, all while delivering a safe and comfortable ride for the whole family.

2021 Kia Sedona 

If you’ve got a smaller family and want the perks of a long warranty, the Kia Sedona is for you. An affordable starting price and intuitive tech controls make for a great minivan experience. 

However, this pick lags behind in fuel economy, and if you need to put kids in the back, it’s unlikely they’ll like the less-than-roomy third row. Overall though, the Kia Sedona is a well-reviewed pick, unlike these next few minivans. 

Worst minivans

Dodge Grand Caravan

Okay, so while this minivan technically gets the job done, there are a lot of much better picks out there. Worse yet, the Grand Caravan doesn’t offer any of the most basic safety features families have come to rely on, like active-cruise control, blind spot monitoring, or rear collision avoidance. 

Important to note: production has stopped on this model, so unless you come across one at a dealership, you’re unlikely to find one. 

Nissan Quest

There’s a reason the Nissan Quest is being discontinued. For one, it’s one of the only minivans not to feature seating for up to 8. Sorry to larger families. Couple that with a bit of a quirky design that hasn’t been updated in years, and you’re left with an all-around lackluster pick as far as minivans go. 

Chrysler Town and Country

It’s bad enough to make a bad minivan. Alas, a higher than average price tag just seems like a slap in the face. Plus, no points for creativity since the Town and Country is basically just a Grand Caravan with a different nameplate. 

In terms of more technical faults, this model has been reported to have issues with excessive road noise, low ride quality, and poor fuel economy, just to name a few. Looking for ways to breathe new life into your minivan? Check out these easy car upgrades you can DIY at home!

Claire Biggerstaff
Claire Biggerstaff is a freelance writer and photographer from Charlotte, NC. Her curiosity leads her to write about a wide variety of topics. On her off days, she enjoys reading Polygon articles, and curling up to a good YouTube playlist.

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