The Ultimate Power Ranking of 2016 Minivans


safer cars have lower insurance

If there’s one word that comes to mind when we think “minivan,” it’s “family.” And why not? Minivans are famously safe, convenient people-haulers. Traditionally built with function over form in mind, the newest models have some amazing features that make them a pleasure to drive (and ride in). Is it the end of the uncool minivan? Below, our picks for the best 2016 minivans on the market, ranked by starting MSRP (remember, this is always negotiable), safety rating, price, and more!

Quoted’s Top Five Minivans

5: 2016 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN

  • Starting MSRP, for SE model: $24,595
  • Safety rating: 4-star Overall Safety rating from the NHTSA
  • Gas Mileage (City/Highway): 17/25
  • Seats: 7
  • Five-Year True Cost of Ownership (from Edmunds for SE 3.6L V6 FFV 6-speed automatic 2015 model): $35,450

Special features: The Super Stow-and-Go© seating system provides ample seating and storage options, and the available Blu-Ray and DVD systems will keep passengers entertained. The Grand Caravan also includes great active safety features like blind spot monitoring and a back-up camera. The Grand Caravan is a great value, but it’s missing many of the luxury and convenience features its competitors have adopted.

Dodge Caravan
Dodge Caravan

4: 2016 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY

  • Starting MSRP: $29,995
  • Safety rating: 4-star Overall Safety rating from the NHTSA
  • Gas Mileage (City/Highway): 17/25
  • Seats: 7
  • Five-Year True Cost of Ownership (from Edmunds for LX 3.6L V6 FFV 6-speed automatic, 2015 model): $39,137

Special features: Car and Driver describes some of the Town and Country’s best features: “An available dual-screen Blu-Ray player, video game hook-ups and tons of storage for toys and snacks help appease the kids while the sturdy structure and well-weighted steering deliver a surprising level of agility to entertain mom and dad.” The Town and Country also boasts 2nd row Stow-and-Go© seating, power sliding doors and liftgate, and a third row that can flip to a tailgate position. Though a four-star safety rating is still good, it’s not quite as excellent as our top contenders’ ratings.

Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Town & Country

3: 2016 KIA SEDONA

  • Starting MSRP: $26,400
  • Safety rating: 5-star Overall Safety rating from the NHTSA
  • Gas Mileage (City/Highway): 18/25
  • Seats: 8
  • Five-Year True Cost of Ownership (from Edmunds for 2014 model LX 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic): $40,833

Special features: Kelley Blue Book says of the Kia Sedona: “The interior is not just comfortable and quiet, but stylish and functional.” KBB continued, “Plus, this minivan is just nice to drive, with good steering and a comfortable suspension that’s still stiff enough to ensure it behaves itself in corners.”

The ample standard and optional active and passive safety features make the Sedona great for families (and everyone, actually; who doesn’t want to be safe?). And luxurious features like tri-climate control, sunshades, and a Smart Power liftgate are sure to please the whole family. While the Sedona is an excellent minivan, we ranked it a little lower because, as KBB describes, “The Sedona is notably smaller inside than its Honda and Toyota competitors, particularly in the third row. It also doesn’t offer the cargo flexibility of the Honda.”

Kia Sedona and man in driveway
Kia Sedona

2: 2016 TOYOTA SIENNA

  • Starting MSRP, for the L model: $28,850
  • Safety rating: 5-star Overall Safety rating from the NHTSA
  • Gas Mileage (City/Highway): 18/25
  • Seats: 7-8, depending on the model
  • Five-Year True Cost of Ownership (from Edmunds for the 2016 L model): $37,614
  • Awards: Named the Most Dependable Minivan, for the fourth year in a row, by J.D. Power

Special features: Car and Driver describes the Sienna as “the Camry of minivans,” by which they mean it appeals to a wide segment of customers and offers a comfortable, high-quality ride. Great features for big groups and families: an intercom, which allows those in the front to communicate with the third row, and a Blu-Ray entertainment system. The Sienna is also equipped with active safety features like blind spot monitoring and parking assist. And, it’s also the only minivan in its class to offer all-wheel drive (in the 7-passenger model only).

Toyota Sienna
Toyota Sienna

1: 2016 HONDA ODYSSEY

  • Starting MSRP, for LX model: $29,275
  • Safety rating: 5-star Overall Safety rating from the NHTSA
  • Gas Mileage (City/Highway): 19/28 (Best in class fuel economy)
  • Seats: Up to 8, with 5 car seat anchors
  • Five-Year True Cost of Ownership (from Edmunds for LX 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic 2016 model): $36,493
  • Awards: Kelley Blue Book named the 2016 model the Best Buy of the year among minivans

Special features: Kelley Blue Book says no other vehicle on the market (minivan or otherwise) can match the Odyssey’s flexibility and utility. The extra-large cargo well behind the third row can fit up to eight suitcases, and the fully (and easily) removable second row of seats adds unmatched cargo space. No other minivan has as many cup holders, storage nooks, and HDMI and USB inputs. And the built-in HondaVac will make families (especially of young children) very happy. The Odyssey earns it’s five-star safety rating with drive assist, including lane-departure warnings, a rearview camera, and forward collision warnings.

Honda Odyssey
Honda Odyssey

Our final three picks topped everyone’s list this year (from Edmunds.com, to Kelley Blue Book, to Car and Driver), but all five models have a great combination of utility, performance, safety, and luxury. And don’t forget those sliding doors!

If we still haven’t convinced you that minivans can actually be pretty cool, but you’ve still got a lot of people or things to move, you might find something you like in our Anti-Minivan Guide to the Best Family Cars.