Considerations - Minivan

So you've decided to buy a minivan, and you're deciding which to buy.

It's a tough choice, since there are quite a few good options available.

Four vans in particular make up almost 75% of the market. These are the Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country (basically a more luxurious version of the Caravan), and the Toyota Sienna, however there is quite a selection of minivans available. Here's a list:

Manufacturer Model Starting At
Dodge Caravan $19,770
Honda Odyssey $25,645
Chrysler Town & Country $22,410
Toyota Sienna $24,155
Chevrolet Uplander $20,895
Ford Freestar $24,540
Kia Sedona $20,495
Nissan Quest $24,350
Pontiac Montana $24,550
Buick Terraza $27,425
Hyundai Entourage $23,895
Saturn Relay $22,335
Mercury Monterey $29.350

The minivan class has come a long way the last few years, since 1983 when Chrysler introduced the category with the Dodge Caravan. The Caravan will be getting a redesign for the 2008 model year.

Honda has a great online comparison tool that lets you select theirs and other vehicles and compare features at a glance. It's an excellent way of quickly comparing up to four vehicles.

With regards to fuel efficiency, there are minor variations between vehicles, but generally they're all in the same range, approximately 18mpg in the city, 25mpg on the highway. Unfortunately there are no hybrid minivans available in North America in 2007.


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