With sliding doors, spacious cabins and comfy ride quality, there’s no question that the minivan is the ultimate family vehicle. However, with the high end constantly moving further up-market, it can be hard to find a new minivan that’s actually affordable for the average family.
But families on a budget haven’t been forgotten by the few manufacturers who still build these humble family haulers. Here are the five most affordable new minivans you can buy in 2019.
Toyota Sienna L: $32,410
The Toyota Sienna is one of the oldest minivan platforms on the market, making it a little surprising that it also has the highest starting price of any new minivan. However, when you take a closer look at what the base L model offers, the price makes a little more sense. It comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) driver-assistance tech suite, which includes lane-departure warning with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and automatic high beams. Other standard features include 3-zone automatic climate control, second-row captain’s chairs and alloy wheels, making the base Sienna a pretty strong value. Find a Toyota Sienna for sale
Honda Odyssey LX: $31,235
The Honda Odyssey is slightly more affordable than the Sienna and much newer, having just evolved into a new generation for the 2018 model year. We love the Odyssey for all of the features it offers throughout its model range, but even the base LX model is a fantastic family hauler with a nicely designed interior and impressive driving dynamics. Unfortunately, Honda Sensing (which is similar to TSS-P) doesn’t come standard on every Odyssey and requires upgrading to the EX model, which is a jump of almost $4,000. If driver-assistance tech is really important to you, you might find the Sienna L to be a better value. Find a Honda Odyssey for sale
Chrysler Pacifica L: $28,480
Despite Chrysler being a pseudo-luxury brand, the Pacifica is more affordable at the base level than both of its Japanese competitors. The Pacifica is a great minivan for its upscale interior, comfortable ride and strong fuel economy no matter which trim you go with. It’s worth noting that the base L model is the only one that doesn’t come with Chrysler’s signature Stow n’ Go seating, which allows both the second and third rows of seats to fold flat into the floor instantly turning the Pacifica into a cargo van. What it has instead is a bit of an odd second-row bench seat for two with access to the third row on the passenger side. Find a Chrysler Pacifica for sale
Dodge Grand Caravan SE: $28,285
The Dodge Grand Caravan is still soldiering on in 2019 competing as a high-value choice in minivans. Its base SE trim offers a similar second-row loveseat as the Pacifica with easy third-row access on the passenger side with second-row Stow ‘n Go only being standard on the SXT trim. What this Dodge does offer at the base level is a 6.5-in infotainment system and power second- and third-row windows, which your passengers will likely appreciate. This generation of the Grand Caravan has been around for a long time now, but it still offers a strong value. Find a Dodge Grand Caravan for sale
Kia Sedona L: $28,245
The most affordable new minivan on the market today just barely undercutting the Dodge Grand Caravan is the Kia Sedona. The base Sedona is light on frills, but it has you covered in the areas that matter in a minivan like a comfortable ride, supportive seats and good safety ratings. A few standard features include a 7-in infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, alloy wheels and Slide-n-Stow second-row seats, which fold up and slide all the way forward giving you much more cargo space with the third row folded flat. Find Kia Sedona for sale