At a time when many family’s don’t want to be seen driving one, putting together a list of five minivans a car lover can enjoy might seem like an impossible challenge. But we here at Endurance think that minivans have gotten a bad rap. There are plenty of good reasons to own one and some that are great to drive.
For unadulterated common sense, minivans are difficult to beat. Their ride quality is on a par with a full-estimate car, and they can convey more travelers. They give a lifted seating position to better ability to see and offer more payload conveying limit. Two or three minivans even offer all-wheel drive.
Whether you have to get the posse to baseball work on, bring home a couple sheets of plywood for a weekend task or make a beeline for the Rockies for a family get-away, minivans are multiuse vehicles that bargain next to no in solace or utility. “Cool” isn’t all that matters. In some cases you simply need to take care of business.
2013 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Edition
Since it can carry whole sheets of plywood or Sheetrock in great or foul climate, the Town and Country, with its overlap in-floor Stow ‘n Go seating, is essential for weekend home-change ventures.
Dodge may make a less costly variant, yet Endurance picked the Chrysler on the grounds that the Town and Country was the most elevated positioning minivan in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study.
In addition, car information firm R.L. Polk perceived the Town and Country for having the most steadfast sales for 12 continuous years. More than 31 percent of Town and Country minivans supplanted a year ago were supplanted with another Town and Country.
Seating up to seven, it has 33 cubic feet of payload room behind the third-push situate. A 283-drive V-6 turns the front wheels by means of a six-speed programmed transmission. The Touring model is the passage level choice. In spite of the greater part of its premium trappings, for example, cowhide seating, trizone programmed atmosphere control and back seat stimulation framework, it falls amidst the pack in cost.
2014 Kia Sedona LX with power package
One and only other single out this rundown figured out how to slide under the cost of the Kia Sedona LX. Endurance included the discretionary power bundle essentially in light of the fact that it incorporates a reinforcement camera, however this current choice’s energy sliding back entryways and back bring forth add to the Sedona’s ease of use.
Seating upwards of seven, its second-column chief’s seats flip and overlay for helpful third-push get to. Collapsing level into the floor, the third-push 60/40 split seat situate has around 32 cubic feet of payload room behind it.
Conveying 269 torque to the front wheels by method for a six-speed driver-shiftable programmed transmission, the 3.5-liter V-6 brags efficiency of 20 mpg in joined city and roadway driving.
You should venture up to the EX demonstrate level to get additional items, for example, an excursion PC, a warmed six-way control customizable driver’s seat and a four-way control movable traveler’s seat, yet the LX is pleasantly outfitted with Bluetooth availability, satellite radio, MP3 network and remote keyless section.
2013 Mazda5 Grand Touring
Mazda calls its Mazda5 a multi-activity vehicle. It situates up to six, however the second-column skipper’s seats and the 50/50 split third-push seat can be collapsed level to open up the freight conveying space. Collapsing the third line level makes 44 cubic feet of space. The leaning back second-push situates likewise slide to make more legroom.
Delivering the best mileage among these picks, a 157-torque 2.5-liter four-barrel motor groups with a five-speed driver-shiftable programmed transmission. Deft and shockingly responsive, the Mazda5 carries on the auto organization’s energetic state of mind. Among the extensive rundown of standard components are programmed atmosphere control, Bluetooth and USB network, satellite radio, and cowhide trimmed seating.
2013 Nissan NV 3500 SL with Technology Package
We’d like the emphasize the idea of “macho” instead of “scaled down” in picking the expansive Nissan NV 3500 SL. Nissan orders the NV 3500 as a “business” vehicle, yet don’t let that frighten you off. It might be substantial, however it is astoundingly simple to drive.
Nissan claims 324 conceivable seating arrangements. The majority of the seats behind the principal column can be helpfully expelled for load. Its load volume adds up to 216.9 cubic feet.
Too substantial for government-assessed efficiency numbers, you can figure with its 317-torque 5.6-liter V-8, mileage isn’t extraordinary. A five-speed programmed transmission is standard.
Endurance chose the innovation bundle choice principally for its back reinforcement camera – a need on a vehicle this vast – however a route framework with a 5-creep touch screen is incorporated.
2013 Toyota Sienna SE
The quintessential trip vehicle, Toyota’s Sienna SE will make devotees out of you. Really, you can transport several families on account of Sienna’s seating for eight and about 40 cubic feet of load space behind the third-row seating.
Effortlessly collapsible, the second-row split seat additionally has overlap down seats, while the third-row seating creases neatly into the floor.
Accessible in various model alternatives, we picked the SE on principle due to its uncommonly lively lower-body cladding. There are 12 cup holders, three 12-volt electrical plugs, a power roof and power windows in the power-sliding side entryways.
Sienna has a lot of go power from its 266-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. A six-speed programmed transmission exchanges motor yield to the front wheels. AWD is accessible.