Driving a minivan is a great option for anyone that has a large family, who need the cargo space and want something that provides good performance and safety features.
For the 2019 model year, the following minivans are well worth considering. Each of them has a variety of features that could make them a great option for any driver.
2019 Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey is a popular minivan that has been produced and sold by Honda ever since the 1995 model year.
The 2019 Odyssey has five different trims to choose from, each of which can come with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The base trim is the LX, which starts at $31,500 for FWD or $33,500 for AWD. The EX trim starts at $34,500 for FWD or $37,500 for AWD. The EXL trim starts at $39,500 for FWD or $41,500 for AWD. The Touring trim starts at $42,500 with FWD or $45,000 for AWD.
There is only one engine option, which is standard with all trim levels. This is a V6 engine that produces around 280 horsepower, which is comparable to other minivans. With this engine option, you can expect to receive blended fuel efficiency of 23 mpg with FWD and 22 mpg with AWD.
The 2019 Odyssey comes with plenty of standard tech and safety features. These include a five-inch touchscreen display, the HondaLink infotainment system, two USB ports, and a seven-speaker audio system. There are also several standard safety features including a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.
Considering the large number of standard safety features, the Odyssey is a great option for families. It also has plenty of cargo space, especially when compared to other minivans in the same class. Plus, the upgraded trims include additional entertainment features that are ideal for long road trips.
2019 Toyota Sienna
Another popular minivan option is the Toyota Sienna, which was first introduced by Toyota with the 1999 model year.
The 2019 Toyota Sienna has five trim levels to choose from. The base trim is the L ($31,000), followed by the LE ($34,000), the SE ($37,500), the XLE ($38,000), and the Limited ($40,000). With each trim level, you will have the option of front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, which adds several thousand dollars to the MSRP. The main differences between each trim are the safety, luxury, and entertainment features that are included.
The Toyota Sienna has one of the most powerful base engine options in the class with a V6 that produces an impressive 295 horsepower. This is also strong enough to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Along with this, it gets a fuel efficiency of 23 mpg on a blended basis when coupled with front-wheel-drive or 22 mpg when coupled with all-wheel-drive.
Compared to other minivans in its class, the Sienna has some very good safety and entertainment features included in the base trims. This includes a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, a six-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and navigation. Drivers will also enjoy the Toyota Safety Sense P package of safety features, which includes forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and a rearview camera.
Overall, the Toyota Sienna is another great option for families due to its plethora of standard safety features. Furthermore, it has substantial cargo and cabin space and comes with upgradeable entertainment features that can make a trip more enjoyable.
2019 Kia Sedona
While it hasn’t been around as other minivans for sale today, the Kia Sedona is continuing to grow in popularity. One advantage of the Sedona is its lower starting MSRP of $27,250 for the base L trim. The next trim level up is the LX ($30,000), followed by the EX ($33,000), and the SX ($41,000). All these trims come with the same base V6 engine and the option for either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.
The 2019 Kia Sedona’s 3.3-liter V6 engine produces around 275 horsepower and comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can expect to receive about 24 mpg when driving on the highway and 18 mpg when driving in the city.
Despite the Sedona’s lower starting MSRP, it comes equipped with a great number of features. The top entertainment features that are included in the base trim are the UVO infotainment system which includes a seven-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a USB port, and a four-speaker audio system. On the flipside, the standard safety features include a 360-degree camera, rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and front and rear parking sensors.
All-in-all, the Kia Sedona provides an impressive amount of standard safety and tech features while having a low starting MSRP. Plus, the Sedona has a good engine that will provide a driver with acceptable engine performance while still getting acceptable fuel efficiency.
2019 Chrysler Pacifica
The Chrysler Pacifica is another good minivan option that provides a driver with plenty of features and performance at a reasonable price. The 2019 Pacifica has four different trim levels, each of which come with front-wheel-drive. The main differences between the trims are the safety and entertainment features that are included. The base trim level is the L, which starts at just under $27,000. The next trim up is the LX ($30,000), followed by the Touring ($33,000) and the Limited trim ($44,000).
The 2019 Pacifica comes with one engine option, which is a V6 that produces around 285 horsepower and provides towing capacity in excess of 3,000 pounds. Additionally, drivers will enjoy good fuel efficiency of around 28 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg when driving in the city.
The entertainment features available with the Pacifica include a seven-inch touchscreen display, smartphone integration, Uconnect Access, and Chrysler’s very own Uconnect infotainment system. When it comes to safety features, the Sedona includes a rearview camera, rear and cross traffic alerts, and blind spot monitoring.
For families, the Pacifica is well worth consideration for the entertainment features alone. There is also a strong engine that is sufficient enough to tow a lot of cargo or recreational equipment.