I’ve been pretty hard on the minivan here on Oversteer. I’ve noted all the reasons why SUVs are cooler and even come up with a list of 3-row options for the minivan haters out there. But when I spent the week with a loaded Chrysler Pacifica, it started to grow on me. After all, there must be some cool minivans out there, so here are a few that could make the grade.
2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T – $17,000
I’ll start with the one that means the most to me: the legendary Grand Caravan. My parents had a hunter green Caravan early in the minivan days, and I recall being pretty impressed with it as a passenger. I don’t think ours had the wood trim sticker, but it was still kinda cool.
Did you know that Dodge still makes the Grand Caravan? This is often overlooked because the vehicle is typically only available for rental fleets. The fact that this example is an R/T version is also a bit obscure, as that’s usually reserved for V8 models like the Charger or the Challenger. This R/T retains its 3.6-liter V8, but it amps things up with different wheels, an alternate trim, and distinct interior bits. At $17,000, the vehicle is certified pre-owned and available at a Dodge dealership in Skokie, IL. Find a Dodge Grand Caravan for sale
2017 Toyota Sienna SE Premium – $24,990
If you’re not familiar with Toyota‘s “Swagger Wagon” — which is so-called because of a series of commercials and YouTube videos meant to make the Toyota Sienna minivan look cool — then you’re missing out. That content was rather successful and even mildly entertaining, so the Sienna makes my list of the coolest minivans.
Toyota actually commissioned a relatively fast Sienna, dubbed the R-Tuned. It was built by Dan Gardner and DG-Spec, and it’s pretty cool. This 2017 SE Premium might not be as fast, but it does have a ton of great options and the typical SE body-kit, all for just under $25,000. It’s at a dealership in Coconut Creek, FL if you’re down with some swagger in your wagon. Find a Toyota Sienna for sale
2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite – $12,900
The Honda Odyssey is cool in a different way. There have been some one-off hot rod versions, but the “Touring Elite” trim is on a whole different luxury level. Another Autotrader review of a $50,000 Touring Elite from last year recounts its amazing list of features, and you can find the vehicle pretty inexpensively these days since the trim level has been around for some time. This 2012 Touring Elite can be purchased from a private seller for just $12,900. It’s traveled over 155,000 miles, but hey, it’s a Honda! Find a Honda Odyssey for sale
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited – $27,177
The rejuvenation of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan started with the nameplate being pulled from a crossover that’s no longer in production. I was in the crowd at the Detroit Auto Show when the new Pacifica minivan was unveiled, and there was a lot of confusion. I’m betting that Fiat-Chrysler banked on that confusion lessening over time, and I think it has.
The forgettable Chrysler Pacifica crossover has made way for an attractive, fantastically equipped minivan. As I noted in my video review that’s cited up in the intro, the vehicle is great. If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line Limited, there’s one in Villa Park, IL for just $27,177, which may be half the original MSRP! Find a Chrysler Pacifica for sale
2014 Ford Transit Connect Titanium Long Wheel Base Wagon – $19,963
If you want something a little different for taking the kids to soccer practice, the Transit Connect is a great value. It was typically built for commercial use, but this smallest entry in the Ford van lineup has a lot going for it. The 2014 Titanium trim passenger version is particularly cool. For just under $20,000, you can get yourself a minivan that will stand out among the cars parked at the PTA meeting. Find a Ford Transit Connect for sale
So there you have it, my most convincing attempt to make minivans look cool. I skipped the classic Toyota Previa, an oddball favorite of enthusiasts, because there aren’t that many for sale. I also skipped the often maligned Mercedes Metris for obvious reasons. I’m sure I missed something good, so hit me with it in the comments!
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