5 Best Minivans in 2021 (New & Used)

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By |2021-01-11T18:45:22-05:00January 11, 2021 - 04:32PM|Rankings|
2021 Toyota Sienna

2021 Toyota Sienna / Photo Credit: Toyota

Best Minivans

  1. Chrysler Voyager | For Sale
  2. Honda Odyssey | For Sale
  3. Toyota Sienna | For Sale
  4. Chrysler Pacifica | For Sale
  5. Kia Sedona | For Sale

How We Ranked These Minivans

Minivans tend to be do-it-all vehicles, so we rank them primarily on value, comparing their prices when equipped with the Key Features most modern car buyers seek:

All the minivans on this list have these features, but some of those items are only available on specific trim levels. We’ve specified when that’s the case. We also weighed third-row legroom and headroom, cargo capacity, EPA fuel cost (see minivans with the best fuel economy), and crash-test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

More Detail: Best Minivans

2020 Chrysler Voyager

2020 Chrysler Voyager / Photo Credit: Chrysler

1. 2021 Chrysler Voyager

  • Base MSRP: $27,235
  • Price w/key features: $32,435 (LX trim w/SafetyTec package)
  • Max cargo space: 140.5 cubic feet (tied for 3rd best out of 5)
  • 3rd-row roominess ranking: Tied for 3rd of 5

A less-expensive version of the Chrysler Pacifica, the Voyager is the cheapest minivan on sale in the U.S. today. Even when equipped with our key features, it’s still the most affordable van on this list. When it comes to value, the Voyager has it in spades.

The Voyager also has a powerful standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 287 horsepower, the most of any new minivan (along with the Pacifica, which has the same engine.) The engine provides plenty of punch for daily use, but unfortunately also brings a relatively high EPA-estimated annual fuel cost (for the segment) of $1,450.

The Voyager offers more headroom than most rivals, but it has less rear legroom and cargo space. It has a 7-inch touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, but it lacks touches like a Wi-Fi hot spot or premium audio system. Buyers must step up to the Pacifica to get those.

Research the Chrysler Voyager 

Shopping for a used Chrysler Voyager? Chrysler introduced the Voyager in 2020, but the 2021 model has more available safety features. You could save money by choosing an older model, just make sure it has the features you want.

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2020 Honda Odyssey

2020 Honda Odyssey / Photo Credit: Honda

2. 2021 Honda Odyssey

  • Base MSRP: $31,790
  • Price w/key features: $36,365 (EX trim)
  • Max cargo space: 144.9 cubic feet (best in class)
  • 3rd-row roominess ranking: 2nd of 5

While the Odyssey’s name suggests it may turn every drive into an epic adventure, what really stands out about the minivan is its highly configurable cabin and other innovative features. The Odyssey offers up to 144.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is the most of any minivan on the market. Additionally, Honda’s minivan has great third-row legroom.

Depending on trim level, the Odyssey has some high-tech features that make it easy to live with: CabinControl lets users control the rear-seat entertainment and climate systems from a smartphone, there’s an available built-in vacuum in the cargo area, the second-row seats can slide side to side, CabinWatch gives drivers a clear view of the rear seats, and CabinTalk lets the driver use a microphone to talk to occupants in the way-back. The Odyssey is also pretty fun to drive for a minivan, with strong acceleration and good cornering.

The Odyssey earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS. Honda’s extensive suite of advanced driver-assist systems includes lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, AEB, and forward collision warning – all standard on every trim. We recommend moving up to the EX trim, which adds BSW, rear cross traffic alert, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Research the Honda Odyssey 

Shopping for a used Honda Odyssey? The 2021 Odyssey’s interior and exterior styling was refreshed for the new model year, and it now comes with more active safety features as standard equipment. There are some older models available with similar safety features, just be sure to double check it has all the tech you’re looking for.

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2021 Toyota Sienna

2021 Toyota Sienna / Photo Credit: Toyota

3. 2021 Toyota Sienna

  • Base MSRP: $34,460
  • Price w/key features: $35,635 (LE trim)
  • Max cargo space: 101 cubic feet (worst in class)
  • 3rd-row roominess ranking: Best in class

Toyota introduced an all-new Sienna for the 2021 model year. Unlike other minivans on the market, it’s only available with a hybrid powertrain: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors. With front-wheel drive (FWD), the minivan is EPA-rated at 36 combined mpg; with all-wheel drive (AWD) – which the Sienna is one of only two minivans to offer – it’s rated 35 combined mpg. The minivan’s efficient powertrain helps it have the lowest estimated annual fuel cost, at just $900.

The biggest drawback is that the way Toyota packed its hybrid powertrain into the Sienna limits overall cargo space; the minivan has a class-worst 101 cubic feet. What the Sienna does offer is the segment’s most seating space in the third row, including 38.7 inches of rear legroom.

In IIHS crash tests, the Sienna is one of just two minivans to earn Top Safety Pick+ status. Additionally, while some minivans don’t have sporty trim or features, the Sienna XSE comes with 20-inch wheels, aggressive front and rear bumpers, and sport seats.

Research the Toyota Sienna 

Shopping for a used Toyota Sienna? The Toyota Sienna is all-new for the 2021 model year, so you’ll have to go with a previous-generation version if you want a used van. Unlike the 2021 version, BSW wasn’t standard on the previous generation, so if you want it you’ll have to choose a higher trim. Older Siennas do have much larger cargo areas and more powerful engines than 2021 models, but they’re not nearly as efficient.

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2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid / Photo Credit: Chrysler

4. 2021 Chrysler Pacifica

  • Base MSRP: $35,045
  • Price w/key features: $36,540 (Touring trim)
  • Max cargo space: 140.5 cubic feet (tied for 3rd best of 5)
  • 3rd-row roominess ranking: Tied for 3rd of 5

Unlike its corporate sibling the Chrysler Voyager, the base Pacifica Touring includes all our key features as standard equipment, but it also costs more. Especially noteworthy is the Pacifica’s standard 10.1-inch touchscreen, which includes Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The regular Pacifica comes with Chrysler’s stout 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, but the minivan is also available as an efficient plug-in hybrid – the only plug-in hybrid minivan on the market today.

The Pacifica’s Stow ’n Go second- and third-row seats fold completely flat into the floor. Rival minivans have third rows that fold flat, but owners have to drag the second-row seats out of the van and store them in the garage if they want a flat cargo floor. The Pacifica is also the only other minivan in the segment, along with the Toyota Sienna, to offer AWD.

Research the Chrysler Pacifica 

Shopping for a used Chrysler Pacifica? Chrysler Pacifica minivans from 2017-2020 look the same and come with similar features, though AWD didn’t become available until 2020. Getting an older Pacifica with blind spot warning will mean buying a Touring trim or higher. In general, you’ll need to be on the lookout for higher trims of used Pacificas if you want most key driver-assistance features.

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2020 Kia Sedona

2020 Kia Sedona / Photo Credit: Kia

5. 2021 Kia Sedona

  • Base MSRP: $30,400
  • Price w/key features: $40,070 (EX trim with Premium package)
  • Max cargo space: 142 cubic feet (2nd best of 5)
  • 3rd-row roominess ranking: Worst in class

The Sedona has one of the lowest starting prices of any minivan, but the way Kia packages its safety features means you have to add an expensive package to the mid-range EX trim to get our key features. Moving up to the SX trim adds a Harman Kardon audio system, 3-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, and a cooling glovebox.

When it comes to third-row legroom, the Sedona offers the least of any minivan on the market. The van does, though, have the most third-row headroom, with 38.9 inches. It also offers one of the largest cargo areas, with a total of 142 cubic feet of cargo space.

The Sedona’s 276-horsepower V6 engine has so-so acceleration, and the Sedona is the least efficient minivan of the bunch: The EPA estimates the vehicle to have an annual fuel cost of $1,550.

Research the Kia Sedona 

Shopping for a used Kia Sedona? The Sedona is one of the older minivans on sale; the last time it was redesigned was for 2015. While 2015-2020 models will look similar, automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto didn’t become available until 2017. If you’re looking for a used Sedona, make sure it comes with all the features you’re looking for.

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The Benefits of Buying a Minivan

The SUV may be the most popular body style on the market — and the vehicle that spelled the demise of the minivan — but for consumers who need a spacious vehicle seating up to eight people, a minivan is still the best option. Minivans offer the most interior space of any non-commercial vehicle on the market, and they have highly flexible interior layouts and handy features that make them capable haulers. A couple of the minivans on this list are available with all-wheel drive, and a few even have efficient electrified powertrains.

Best Used Minivans

You can save money by choosing a used minivan, just check what kind of features it comes with. The majority of consumers will be able to find a gently used minivan with the same overall styling and features of a new model.

Because demand for SUVs is higher than ever before, finding an affordable minivan on the used market is easier than one might expect. Click on one of the minivans on this list and you’ll find more information on which model years to consider if you’re looking into purchasing a used van. Clicking the link below each vehicle will take you to Carfax’s used car listings, where you can search for a used model. Every used vehicle in Carfax’s listing comes with a free Carfax Report for extra peace of mind.

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About the Author:

I started covering the automotive industry while attending George Mason University. Since then, my work has been featured on Autoblog, Autoweek, Digital Trends, Carfax, CarsDirect, U.S. News & World Report and more. I have a soft spot for convertibles and wagons, especially those that can fit all of my pit bull's belongings. Beyond covering cars, I enjoy trying local beer, finding new places to eat and watching movies. I currently reside in Baltimore and am a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association.