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What's the Best Minivan You Can Get for $40,000?

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Buyers with $40,000 to spend on a minivan have a lot of options. Below, we'll give our take on which one of those choices gets you the best minivan for your money.

Model

The top two minivans on the market are the Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler Pacifica. While the Odyssey offers good driving dynamics and Honda's excellent reliability, the Pacifica offers more of what minivan buyers want. The latter includes great storage space and configurability thanks to Chrysler's ingenious Stow 'n Go seating design that allows the second- and third-row seats to be easily folded and stowed in compartments beneath the floor of the vehicle, along with ample cup holders, storage compartments and outlets for charging devices.

Year

The Chrysler Pacifica went on sale for the 2017 model year and hasn't changed much since, except for the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility for the 2018 model year. Additionally, trim levels were renamed, packages were restructured and some features that were previously optional were made standard for 2018. As long as you aren't buying a base model, though, you won't notice the changes.

Engine

While the Pacifica's traditional 3.6-liter V6 offers ample power and achieves 22 miles per gallon combined, we recommend buyers take a look at the plug-in Pacifica Hybrid. That variant currently comes with a $7,500 government tax rebate, making it an excellent deal while the government incentive is still in place. The Pacifica Hybrid pairs an electric motor with the standard model's 3.6-liter V6 and can travel up to 33 miles on electric power alone when fully charged.

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Given that buying a Pacifica Hybrid earns buyers a $7,500 federal tax credit, you're able to get a fully-loaded, brand-new Pacifica Hybrid Limited for under $40,000 once you take the $7,500 savings come tax season into account. The tax credit allows you get a great discount and gets you a ton of vehicle for your money.

Conclusions

Buyers looking for a minivan for $40,000 would be wise to take a good look at a new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The regular Pacifica offers excellent storage and configurability, all of the modern driver-assistance features buyers could want and a great infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. All in all, the Pacifica is arguably the best minivan on sale today. Given that hybrid models currently allow buyers to take advantage of a $7,500 federal tax credit, the Pacifica Hybrid becomes even more compelling. Factor in that tax credit, and buyers are looking at a brand-new 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited model for under $40,000, which makes it the minivan to beat at that price point.

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