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5 Best Minivans for 2020

2020 Honda Odyssey

All 2020 Odyssey minivans now come standard with Idle Stop and Honda’s 10-speed automatic, the company’s newest and most advanced transmission.

Odyssey is your source for convenience, connectivity and tons of fun. With the versatile Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats,™ passenger accessibility and comfort is maximized. To keep everyone on board happy, the Odyssey impressively offers available AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot 2,3 and an available advanced Rear Entertainment System with streaming capability.

With the available CabinWatch™ and CabinTalk™ features, it’s easy to see and communicate with passengers in the rear seats. From information and entertainment to navigation and trip-enhancing convenience, this is one minivan that aims to impress you and any passengers on board.

Keep the kids well-adjusted.

It sports a sophisticated design with bold, available 19″ aluminum-alloy wheels to match. Up front, the Odyssey shines bright with available LED daytime running lights, headlights and fog lights, with LED taillights at the rear. You can also enjoy hands-free convenience with available power sliding doors and an available hands-free power tailgate with programmable height. Late or early, you’ll always arrive fashionably.

Available in trims:

  • LX
  • EX
  • EX-L
  • Touring
  • Elite trims

2020 Chrysler Pacifica

The most technologically advanced minivan ever. Tech-savvy families will embrace the compatible functionality of the available Largest-in-Class 8.4-inch Uconnect® touchscreen multimedia centre. This integrated digital hub for media and communication enables Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM to access playlists, maps and more. Advanced available active safety and security features offer added protection by automatically reacting to prevent potential impact, such as Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking.

Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection and ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera provide visual and audible support for difficult to see areas. SiriusXM Guardian brings convenience and peace of mind with technologies like SOS Call, Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Assistance. For the ultimate in-vehicle entertainment, the available Uconnect Theatre’s two 10-inch HighDefinition touchscreens keep rear passengers occupied for as long as the trip lasts.

Since most days include bringing more stuff and an extra passenger or two, the Class-Exclusive Stow ’n Go® fold-in-floor seating and storage system with available seating for eight always has room for more. Occupants in all three rows will notice the spaciousness, along with easy access to their gear. Easily access the trunk space — a single kick motion opens the Class-Exclusive available hands-free power liftgate and dual sliding side doors when the key fob is with you.

Advanced aerodynamics, as well as interior noise-cancellation technology, provide a peaceful cabin. The architecture optimizes ride and handling with a suspension and frame configured for strength, stiffness and refined driving dynamics.

From the ingenious 243 seating and storage configurations, including an expansive flat cargo volume and an available eighth seat that increases the latch-installed child seats to five, every detail adds up to making Pacifica ideally suited for family road trips.

3.6L PENTASTAR V6 ENGINE is both commanding and economical. This proven V6 powerhouse delivers an 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Efficiency is further enhanced with the available Engine Stop/Start (ESS) technology that automatically shuts off the engine as the vehicle brakes to a stop, then seamlessly restarts it when the brake pedal is released.

9-SPEED TRANSMISSION The Pacifica is equipped with a standard 9-speed automatic transmission — a primary contributor to unsurpassed highway fuel economy rating of 8.4 L/100 km (34 mpg). The transmission also enables lower engine rpm while cruising at highway speeds and, in turn, optimal fuel efficiency.

Available in trims:

  • TOURING
  • TOURING L
  • 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOURING L
  • TOURING L PLUS
  • 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOURING L PLUS
  • LIMITED
  • 35TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED

2020 Toyota Sienna

Good looks, advanced tech and a spacious interior. SE’s available Nightshade Edition Package gives Sienna unexpected charisma. With standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) 34 and available All-Wheel Drive (AWD), the 2020 Sienna is the minivan everyone in the family can agree on.

Sienna’s alluring front end makes no apologies with its aggressive upper and lower grille designs. SE adds even more style to this look with a sport mesh front grille. Lower side rocker panels connect the front and rear wheel well openings, seamlessly tying together the overall look. No matter if you’re out running errands or out for a night on the town, your style will always shine through.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) lets you drive at a preset speed. DRCC uses vehicle-to-vehicle distance control, which is designed to adjust your speed, to help you maintain a preset distance from vehicles ahead of you that are driving at a slower speed. DRCC uses a front-grille-mounted radar and an in-vehicle camera designed to detect vehicles and their distance. If a driver is traveling slower than you, or within your preset range, DRCC is designed to automatically slow your vehicle down without deactivating cruise control. If DRCC determines you need to slow down more, an audio and visual alert notifies you and brakes are applied. When there’s no longer a vehicle driving slower than your preset speed in front of you, DRCC will then accelerate to the preset speed

Dual-View Entertainment Center has Blu-ray capability and includes a 16.4-in. color display, SD and HDMI inputs, two 120V AC power outlets and a remote with two wireless headphones. Its screen can display one wide-angle image or two smaller images from separate sources at the same time.

2020 Sienna offers the added security of available All-Wheel Drive (AWD). By utilizing AWD with active torque control, this advanced system processes information sent from various sensors, then transmits the right amount of torque to the front and rear wheels, helping you maintain traction.

Sienna offers the Auto Access Seat as the perfect solution for anyone who needs a little extra help getting in and out of the vehicle. It meets all applicable safety standards and is universally suited for all ISOFIX/LATCH child seats. Factory-installed and specifically designed for Sienna, the power-rotating lift-up seat rotates 90 degrees. It also extends from the vehicle and lowers to a convenient transfer height, making for easy entry and exit. Since it’s a factory-installed feature, the seat matches the interior of your Sienna and is covered under the same comprehensive three-year factory warranty as the rest of the vehicle. It’s time to do even more.

Available in trims:

  • CE FWD 7-Pass
  • LE FWD 8-Pass
  • LE AWD 7-Pass
  • SE FWD 8-Pass ( Standard/ Nightshade Edition/ Technology Package)
  • SE AWD 7-Pass
  • XLE AWD 7-Pass ( Standard/ Limited)

2020 Kia Sedona

Sedona is designed to keep up with you every kilometre of the way. With seating for eight, you have lots of room for friends – and friends of friends. It has the performance to power up inclines, manoeuver around town, and soak up those bumps in the road for a smooth, refined ride at highway speeds. So gather your family and friends, your cargo, and your big plans for the day — wherever they lead.

Sedona offers eight-passenger seating. Then it makes the seats highly adaptable with Slide-n-Stow second row seats that slide forward and backward to accommodate your cargo.

Sedona offers a range of features that make your life on the road easier and more enjoyable. A series of smart, thoughtful touches enhance the quality of life for you and your nearest and dearest:

  • HEATED FRONT SEATS keep you toasty warm during the long winter
  • HEATED STEERING WHEEL keeps your hands warm on those chilly winter mornings
  • STAIN-RESISTANT CLOTH SEATS repel liquid, so even messy spills clean up easily
  • WIRELESS CHARGING keeps your smartphone fully charged while you’re on the road
  • COOLING GLOVE BOX keeps your beverages chilled on long drives and hot summer days

Use Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM smartphone voice commands to send and receive messages, navigate to your destination and control your music.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

The available Rear Cross Traffic Alert can notify you of any vehicles passing left and right behind you, so you can back out of parking spaces with confidence.

Available in trims:

  • LX
  • LX+
  • SX
  • SX Tech

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

According to AutoForecast Solutions LLC, the Dodge Grand Caravan only has a few more months to live: production is expected to officially end on May 22, 2020.

For more than three decades, Grand Caravan has been the go-to vehicle for parents, weekend warriors and small business owners. Loaded with flexible seating and more than 65 standard and available safety and security features, it’s also the minivan that keeps you comfortable and protected. Simply put, no other vehicle holds the confidence of families, their hobbies and their livelihoods with as much ease.

This is true versatility: an interior that not only has flexible seating, an available 6.5-inch touchscreen radio and tons of storage, but also showcases superior craftsmanship, comfort and luxury. Soft-touch surfaces, steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, and a sleek, functional dash welcome every driver. Opt for conveniences like heated front-row seats, a full-circumference heated steering wheel and Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control for optimum comfort. The available power dual-sliding doors, power liftgate and Super Stow ’n Go® seating let you load your precious cargo easily.

There are several levels of available multimedia centres, and each one offers essential features to keep you entertained. User-friendly icons on the available 6.5-inch touchscreen provide controls for the AM/FM radio, personal devices like an iPod® and Bluetooth-compatible phone, as well as available SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation capability. Available hands-free communication allows you to use your voice to select AM/FM radio stations and SiriusXM satellite radio channels, as well as make/receive calls and send/receive text messages with a paired, compatible phone.

Available in trims:

  • SE
  • 35TH ANNIVERSARY SE PLUS
  • SXT
  • 35TH ANNIVERSARY SXT

What is the most affordable minivan?

VehiclePrice in USAPrice in Canada
2020 Honda Odyssey $30,690-$47,320 $39,690-$52,390
2020 Chrysler Pacifica $31386-$41,988 $33,745-$49,290
2020 Toyota Sienna $31,565-$47,980 $35,545-$51,620
2020 Kia Sedona $27,400-$41,300 $31,995-$41,695
2019 Dodge Grand Caravan $25,667-$31,363 $25,695-$36,245


As we can see from the price comparison table, the Dodge Grand Caravan will remain the most affordable minivan in 2020. This applies to both the US and Canadian markets. The most expensive minivans are: in the US – Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey in Canada

What is the most fuel efficient minivan?

VehicleEngine HpFuel Economy (L/100 KM)
(city / highway / combined)
2020 Honda Odyssey3.5-litre, 24-valve, Direct Injection, SOHC, i-VTEC® V628012.2 / 8.5 / 10.6
2020 Chrysler Pacifica
3.6L Pentastar V6
28712.4 / 8.4 / 10.2
2020 Toyota Sienna3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve With Dual VVT-i29612.6 / 9.1/ 11.0
2020 Toyota Sienna (AWD)3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve With Dual VVT-i29613.4 / 9.6 / 11.7
2020 Kia Sedona 3.3 L V627612.7 / 9.9 / 11.2
2019 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT28313.7 / 9.4 / 11.8

Chrysler Pacifica 2020 appired to be the most fuel efficient minivan both on the highway and in the combined cycle, losing the Honda Odyssey in city mode only 0.2 L/100km. However, the 2020 Toyota Sienna show of a maximum power output of 296 horsepower with relatively little difference in fuel consumption.

Comparison of minivan transmissions

VehicleTransmission DriveSpeeds
2020 Honda OdysseyAutomatic transmission with Grade Logic ControlFWD10
2020 Chrysler PacificaStandard automatic transmissionFWD9
2020 Toyota SiennaElectronically Controlled automatic Transmission with Intelligence (ECT-i)FWD or AWD8
2020 Kia SedonaStandard automatic transmissionFWD8
2019 Dodge Grand CaravanAutomatic 62TE TransmissionFWD6

Sources:

  1. www.honda.ca/odyssey
  2. automobiles.honda.com
  3. www.chrysler.com/pacifica
  4. www.chrysler.ca
  5. www.toyota.ca
  6. www.toyota.com
  7. www.kia.com
  8. www.kia.ca
  9. www.dodge.ca
  10. www.dodge.com