Buying a Minivan – Frequently Asked Questions

Buying a Minivan – Frequently Asked Questions

Is it time for a new minibus or perhaps your first one? I can understand that you have quite a few unanswered questions in mind so let’s go through some of them and see if we can help you avoid some problems as hindsight is a true bitch.

What is the best minivan?

This totally depends on your needs of course but some top-rated models are the Honda Odyssey, the Chrysler Pacifica, the Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna, and the Dodge Grand Caravan. These are all the 2018 and 2019 models so as you were asking for the best well there you have it.

Which minivans are the most reliable?

For that, we have to look back in time and I can tell you that the 2015 model Honda Odyssey is the most reliable and once again topping the list so this is definitely a model you want to look into. The Toyota Sienna [2015 model] and the Kia Sedona have all proven the test of time, the latter was built in 2016 btw.

Which have the best third-row seats?

The third seat row of the Chrysler Pacifica is quite wide so many people have complimented that. If you truly want some extra space the Grand Caravan from the Dodge is your number one choice while the Kia Sedona Is the worst performer on this list.

How much for a good second hand?

I understand that not everyone can afford a minivan but if you don’t use it that often why not consider hiring one at for example? If that’s not an option most new ones sell at around fifty thousand dollars but a good second hand one can be had for about one-fifth of the price.

What is the most affordable new minivan?

I looked up some prices for you and the Nissan NV Passenger is a little over $35,000, followed by the Chevrolet Express 2500 LS at $31,295 at the time of writing. The cheapest ones on our list are the Kia Sedona and the Chrysler Pacifica L at only $26,995 so it definitely can be affordable enough.

What defines a minivan?

A minivan is pretty much like an extended SUV with the extra benefit of the third row of seats so that it can move at the very least seven people, some larger models can easily carry nine people but it will get a bit packed so I wouldn’t suggest this for very long travels.

How long is a minivan?

Bit of an odd question as it obviously depends on the brand, model, type, and so on, but if you truly want to know most models hover around 16 feet 8 inches, up to 12 inches so if you need to store it in your garage make sure to add a few extra inches and you’ll be good to go.

Which minivans fit nine people?

It’s definitely your day today as I found quite a lot of 9 seater models, starting with the Chevrolet Suburban that can easily fit nine people, and the same can be said for the Tahoe model from the same brand. Other brands that offer nine seats are the GMC Yukon (XL) and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter so there you have it.

Fun fact – the largest SUV!

The Ford Excursion is beating the crowd here with a length of 576cm, it’s not much longer than the other models though so don’t get all too wind up about it, as the others come in at 5.7mtr which is just a tiny difference if you ask me.

In Conclusion

I hope you found this FAQ useful but if you have any questions left please do so in the comments below.

Have a good test drive!