Crossovers and SUVs might be getting all of the attention lately, but at the end of the day, there’s simply no better family vehicle than a minivan. These boxy, practical people haulers offer the ultimate in practicality with sliding doors, lots of space and the latest in family-friendly technology.
Minivans offer some of the strongest values in the new car market when you consider how much you’re getting for your money in terms of space and features. The amount of new minivans on the market is dwindling, but among the few that are left, there are some very strong competitors. Let’s take a look at five great new minivans you can get on Autotrader for under $40,000 in 2019. The prices below include destination charges.
Chrysler Pacifica Touring L: $38,040
One of the clear leaders in the shrinking minivan segment today is the Chrysler Pacifica. The Touring L trim offers Stow ‘n Go seating, which allows you to fold flat the second- and third-row seats easily turning the Pacifica into a cargo van plus power sliding doors, a power lift gate, remote start and lots of available driver-assistance features, including forward-collision warning, a surround-view camera and park assist. There’s also a plug-in hybrid variant of the Pacifica available, but unfortunately, the hybrid doesn’t come in under $40,000 when you include destination fees. Find a Chrysler Pacifica for sale
Toyota Sienna SE: $38,560
The Toyota Sienna SE is a bit of an oxymoron in the sense that it’s a minivan intended for enthusiasts. It has a sporty appearance package that includes smoked lenses on the headlights and taillights, color-keyed front and rear spoilers and rocker panels, 19-in gunmetal alloy wheels and even sport instrumentation on the inside. Sport-tuned suspension and steering make it a surprisingly fun-to-drive minivan. The Sienna also has the distinction of being the only minivan available with all-wheel drive and AWD availability on the SE trim is a new perk for 2019. Find a Toyota Sienna for sale
Honda Odyssey EX-L: $38,755
The Honda Odyssey, which just received a big update for the 2018 model year, continues to be a minivan class leader. The most Odyssey you can get for under the $40k mark is the EX-L trim, which offers a lot of bang for the buck with leather seats, a power moonroof and available features like a rear entertainment system, navigation and the CabinTalk PA system. The Odyssey EX-L also comes standard with Honda Sensing driver-assistance features, which includes lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a collision mitigation braking system and lane-departure warning. Find a Honda Odyssey for sale
Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: $33,785
The most affordable entry on our list is the Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. Despite the Chrysler Pacifica having replaced the old Town and Country in 2017, the Grand Caravan soldiers on as a practical minivan that competes on value. The Grand Caravan can’t offer many of the features of higher-end, modern minivans, but the SXT model features Stow ‘n Go seating, a Stow N Place roof rack, dual power sliding doors and a power lift gate. The Grand Caravan might be getting long in the tooth, but it’s still a trusty family hauler. Find a Dodge Grand Caravan for sale
Kia Sedona EX: $34,345
In a pack of such competitive minivans, it might be easy to forget the Kia Sedona, but it has a lot to offer. The EX trim is where a lot of options become available on the Sedona, including a back-seat entertainment system and lots of driver-assistance features similar to Honda Sensing. The EX model also has a lot of standard features that are impressive at this price point, like leather seats, which are heated in front, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, wireless charging and a user-friendly 7-in UVO infotainment system that works with the UVO eServices app that allows you to see where you parked, check vehicle info like maintenance reminders, and you can even use the app to remotely start the van. Find a Kia Sedona for sale