From grocery-getting to school pickup to road trips to grandma’s house, there’s simply no better family vehicle than a minivan. Three-row crossover SUVs have gotten very good, but even the best ones can’t match the practicality of minivans, with their cavernous interiors with generous seating space and family-friendly features like sliding doors.
Here are the best minivans of 2020, ranked.
1) Honda Odyssey — 4.6/5
The Honda Odyssey has been a minivan leader for decades, and the 2020 model is the best Odyssey yet. It offers tons of family-friendly available features like a back-seat entertainment system, a built-in vacuum, the CabinTalk intercom system and CabinWatch, which lets you monitor what’s going on in the back seats with the infotainment screen. The interior is spacious and comfortable, and on the outside, it’s one of the best-looking minivans on the market. To top it all off, its standard V6 engine strikes a great balance of performance and efficiency. As for safety, it’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and it comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist technologies on every trim. Simply put, the Odyssey is a near-perfect family vehicle. The Chrysler Pacifica has a more luxurious interior, but it’s the Honda that delivers a better ride and handling feel overall. Find a Honda Odyssey for sale
2) Chrysler Pacifica — 4.5/5
The Chrysler Pacifica comes in a very close second for this year’s best minivan rankings and is the only other minivan on this list to earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The Pacifica gets the minivan formula right with a spacious, family-friendly interior, an engine that’s both strong and efficient, and a stylish aesthetic. One of our favorite things about this Chrysler minivan is the Stow ‘n Go seating, which allows you to fold the second- and third-row seats flat into the floor in seconds with no tools required. This adds to the versatility of the Pacifica, allowing it to go from passenger van to cargo van in a snap. There’s also an efficient plug-in hybrid Pacifica available with an impressive all-electric range of 32 miles. If you’re looking for a reason to get the Chrysler over the Honda, Pacifica’s plusher interior and hybrid option are at the top of that list. Find a Chrysler Pacifica for sale
3) Chrysler Voyager — 4.5/5
The Chrysler Voyager gets the same score as the Pacifica because they are essentially the same minivan. The Voyager is a more budget-friendly van with a lower starting price but fewer features (sorry, no second-row Stow ‘n Go) and no hybrid option. The Voyager is a great option for a family on a budget who want a nice, modern minivan for less than $30,000. You can upgrade to the LX trim and add a power driver’s seat, second-row captain’s chairs with in-floor storage bins and satellite radio while still keeping the price very reasonable. With low ownership costs and a good factory warranty, the affordable Voyager is a good new alternative to a used minivan. Find a Chrysler Voyager for sale
4) Toyota Sienna — 4.4/5
There’s an all-new hybrid Sienna on the way for 2021, but the 2020 Toyota Sienna is still a good minivan in the final model year of its generation. The Sienna has the distinction of being the only minivan with available all-wheel drive for 2020, but a refreshed 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is on the way which adds AWD as an option. It comes with the safety and reliability you would expect from a Toyota with the excellent Toyota Safety Sense P safety tech suite coming standard on every model. The Sienna is roomy and comfortable, but it’s starting to show its age when compared with the best minivans of 2020. For 2021, all Siennas will have gas/electric hybrid. If that’s important to you, it might be worth the wait. Find a Toyota Sienna for sale
5) Kia Sedona — 4.3/5
The Kia Sedona ranks toward the bottom of our rankings — not because it’s bad, but because most of its competitors are just better. Notice how only two-tenths of a point separate the Sedona from the #2 van, the Pacifica. Minivans have improved that much in the past 5 years. Like the Chrysler Voyager, the Sedona is a value-oriented choice in minivans, with an attractive starting price and a lot of features for the money. The Sedona is a little lacking in one important metric: passenger space. The third row is roomier than that of most 3-row SUVs but a little tight compared to other minivans. That said, the Sedona has a comfortable ride and an outstanding infotainment system, and it can get pretty luxurious in the upper trims without breaking the bank. Find a Kia Sedona for sale
6) Dodge Grand Caravan — 3.6/5
Finishing at the bottom of our minivan rankings is the Dodge Grand Caravan, which has gone more than a decade without seeing a major redesign. The current-generation Grand Caravan was competitive when it was new, but in 2020 it is outshined by every other van in this segment. What we can say is that it offers affordable pricing, available Stow ‘n Go seating and a pretty strong standard V6 engine. The Grand Caravan is a value choice, but the Chrysler Voyager has an even lower starting price and is much more modern. If you like the Grand Caravan, we recommend saving some coin and shopping for a used model. Find a Dodge Grand Caravan for sale